The bell that rang across Texas on Friday was fit for a queen. Several parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas rang the bells at noon in Houston, Tyler, Waco and Austin.
Some parishes rang the bells for a full hour, while others rang the bells 96 times to mark 96 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s life.
“Every day there will be something for people to pay their respects to the Queen,” Diocesan Bishop C. Andrew Doyle said. “So the Archbishop of Canterbury who is the peer but also the head of the church, the Anglican Communion, asked that we ring the bells.”
C. Andrew Doyle is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Texas. He said the titular Queen is the head of the Church of England, which appoints its Archbishop of Canterbury.
On Friday and for days to come, the Houston Diocesan Center in downtown Houston will pay homage to Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
“Her embodiment of faithfulness is in a way a big part of our fellowship and I would say that in the Episcopal Church we celebrate the lives of all who are faithful to us, whether they are lesser or a queen,” said Doyle said.
Christ Church Cathedral, located at 1117 Texas Avenue in Houston, will open next Monday through Friday for a memorial service. Doyle said the public can come to the chapel to pay their respects and leave prayers for Queen Elizabeth II.
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