The tower of Rochester Cathedral glowed blue as a "signal of fixed prayer".

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The tower lights up blue after the outbreak of the corona virus

The tower of Rochester Cathedral was lit in blue as a "sign of constant prayers" for all those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The color blue represents the Virgin Mary, to whom the cathedral is dedicated as the mother church of the Rochester diocese.

It's also the colors of the NHS, said the Dean of the Cathedral, Dr. Philip Hesketh and the medical staff are also remembered in prayers.

"These are difficult and challenging times," he said.

"As a sign of our constant prayers for the fearful, suffering and bereaved, the tower of the cathedral is illuminated in blue."

The cathedral has canceled regular services Updated guidelines from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York calling for public services to be suspended for the time being in the face of the pandemic.

A number of public events in the cathedral had to be canceled, including Tear & Repair, a textile art exhibition that tells the stories of five brave women trapped in commercial sexual exploitation.

In accordance with the Church of England's instructions, the cathedral remains open to members of the public at certain times to pray privately or light candles.

The dean and canons will continue to pray in the cathedral at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day, maintaining a centuries-old tradition.

The north door of the cathedral is open to the public Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A priest is available during this time.

The cathedral remains closed at all other times. Volunteers were also put on hold and office staff instructed to work from home.

Dr. Hasketh added, "Be sure of our prayers in the cathedral in this challenging time."

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