|Big Ben, London|
In the midst of that Blitz, at 9:00pm on November 10, 1940, BBC Radio broadcast the the chimes of Big Ben for the first time as a signal for prayer. Every night thereafter, through the War - on land, at sea, on the battlefields, in air raid shelters and in hospitals - millions of Brits paused and prayed for deliverance and peace. In the dark days of war the Big Ben Minute became a vast network of Light and Hope in the hearts of all people of goodwill.
A U.S. Big Ben MinuteIn keeping with that historical precedence, and heeding recent calls for another era of a prayerful national minute, we urge all Ramonans to join us to observe a minute of prayer for our nation, our community, and for peace throughout the world.
Recent calls for this prayerful minute suggest that in the United States we adopt a simultaneous minute based on our time zone. So across the time zones the Big Ben Minute is observed at:
9:00 Eastern Time
8:00 Central Time
7:00 Mountain Time
6:00 Pacific Time