Exactly at noon, the Kraków inhabitants heard the tolling of church bells, among them the famous Royal Sigismund Bell at the Wawel Royal Cathedral, in what came as a response to the summoning call of Pope Francis on all faithful to join his prayers on the ceremony of Annunciation, March 25.
Bells were rung also in different churches all across Poland.
On Wednesday, 25 March, the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis invited “the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us – the Lord’s Prayer.”
“On that day on which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word”, Pope Francis prayed, “may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ”.
The tolling of the most important Polish bell, the Royal Sigismund Bell located at the Royal Wawel Cathedral can be only heard during official religious holidays and the most important moments for the Polish nation. The sonorous ringing followed, for instance, the 2010 Smoleńsk presidential plane crash, the passing of Cardinal Stefan Macharski and the canonization of John Paul II.