TORONTO, Ontario — (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — The Canadian Royal Heritage Trust (CRHT) invites churches, carillons and municipalities to ring their bells, play chimes or sound fire department sirens at 12:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday, September 9, to commemorate her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming Canada’s longest reigning Queen.
On that day Queen Elizabeth II will surpass Queen Victoria in length of time on the throne. An hourly wave of celebration will be created across Canada from east to west within each community’s noon hour – a time people should find convenient.
“Queen Elizabeth II’s public service and devotion to duty have been outstanding and are well known in her many realms and other countries of the Commonwealth,” says Arthur Bousfield, of the CRHT. “She has devoted more of her life to Canada – ‘home’ in her description – than any country outside the United Kingdom. Her example as a professing and devout Christian is equally powerful. So too is her humility. Humility in public life is a rare enough virtue but it is all the more striking when found at the heart of the modern state.”
CRHT requests those who accept their invitation to participate in the September 9 ringing of bells to let them know by email or phone 416-482-4157 so they can be listed as participants at www.crht.ca. Christian congregations that do not have bells or chimes can mark the day (or following Sunday) with prayers for Her Majesty and/or sing the Royal Anthem God save the Queen, say organizers.
The Canadian Royal Heritage Trust is a national educational charity whose mission is to preserve, make known and enhance Canada’s age old heritage of monarchy.
For more information or interviews,
Contact: Arthur Bousfield
Contact: Kwan-ho Leung