The bells of the church of St.Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland, will join in NZ's Roaring Chorus at 11.02am; and in sync with the world at 12.30pm and at 7.05pm.
Church bells have been rung through history in celebration of many events from the great occasions of State to the smallest local parish festival or service of worship. The bellringers of St.Matthews church will add their unique sound to the clamour of the Roaring Chorus as NZ celebrates the centenary of the end of hostilities in 1918. To hear the bells, you need only to be in the vicinity of the church at the right time - and you will be likely joined by the congregation of St.Matt's who will be sent out to make their own contribution to the Chorus!
Earlier in the day we will ring sombrely in memory of those lost, from 9.15 to 10.00 am prior to morning service. At 12.30pm (local time) all the bells in the world will ring together in salute to the fallen, and those who returned - this marks the moment at the end of the Remembrance Parade in Whitehall, London when the veterans' parade sets off past the Cenotaph. Her Majesty the Queen will be present at the ceremony that will be central to acts of remembrance in the nations of the Commonwealth. Finally a global event called 'Battle's Over' draws the day's events to a close, with New Zealanders leading each phase of the event. The bells of St.Matthew's will sound again at 7.05pm as part of 'Ringing for Peace'.