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Due to appointments and a deadline, things will be quiet until this afternoon, here. Enjoy:
Wow! Great camera work and captioning. The cameraperson’s ears must still be ringing.
My home town ‘silence’ our parish’s bells when I was a child. It is only allowed to ring by special arrangement. I hope these bells are still ringing!
Enjoy is right! Thanks again!
Forgive me guys and gals but those bells got me thinking about what some of Don Rickles Catholic brain cells might be thinking while listening to those bells which would probably go something like this; Folks! “IT” is lunch time for the aliens of this world.
I hear ya Anchoress! Please give “IT” a rest Victor!
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Too bad it was chiming with a hammer. You can see that the bells are on a wheel, which is how a bell should be rung; ie., by the clapper inside. A chime is what we saw there. It’s nice, but it doesn’t evoke the joy of a quarter peal.(A peal is very long)
A better example is here, at St. Martin in the Fields.
Watch the whole thing! The hammer is used just for the noon hour, after a 90 second pause, and a lot of good infomation about the church and bells… Well, it really gets interesting!
When I saw St. Joseph the Worker, I almost fell out of the chair, but it’s not my childhood parish. I am surprised at how close the three ring sections are here (unless they cut it to make the video); they barely allow a hurried Hail Mary. Ours have about ten seconds between intervals. My St. Joe rang (and still rings) the 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. Angelus. Curiosity about this habit is what got me to learn about, then make a practice, of this simple prayer. I cannot describe the simple beauty of a still, quiet morning, with the sound of the first three bell peal drifting on the air from the church two miles away. My current parish rings the noon and 6 p.m.
I’m amazed at how few people my age (46) and younger even know the Angelus’ existence. And I’ve never ever heard any push from the Church to renew devotion to this almost perfect devotion. With its cadence and simplicity, it’s nearly impossible to say it mindlessly and by rote (the way Jesus said NOT to pray), and one HAS to acknowledge the three steps. And in the course of a minute, it encapsulates what God wants from us, our pure obedience and devotion to His will, as exemplified by the Queen of all saints. To quickly bring one’s mind to Jesus and Mary at the beginning, middle, and end of the day. After all, Islam requires Muslims to acknowledge Allah five times daily: no wonder so many of them are so devout.
How good would it be if Catholics even knew why their bells ring at these times, let alone the surrounding community.
Since I can’t hear bells from my office I get a once a week reminder when the air raid sirens blast every Tuesday at noon.
Otherwise, I love to say the Angelus. I too wish the Church would bring back the focus to it.
Each time I hear a church bell chime, I pray to God it will last and we won’t be smothered in the eastern call to pray, which I can’t stand to hear. I hope the west wakes up soon and starts to preserve its culture, even its church bells.
[I miss hearing church bells. The two churches nearby that have them have stopped using them because neighbors called them "nuisances". -admin]
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