Why the bells are ringing (if it’s customary) during Mass at your parish
In 1979, disco singer Anita Ward made all of America aware that she told the man she loved, “You can ring my bell.” This gruesome little bit of 1970s disco gruel should be a forgettable number-one hit. But that song still occasionally haunts my brain, as I can hear the chorus sung with the clanging of bells in the backdrop.
Those bells are memorable. Likewise Paul McCartney opened one of his most successful songs “Let ’Em In” with a memorable invocation of bells. I guess you could say both songs, “Ring My Bell” and “Let ’Em In,” had some a-peal. (ouch)
Bells announce things. They let us know what time it is; they tell us our three-minute egg is ready; they announce a phone call; they announce that you have reached your floor on the elevator; they announce a person is at your door to visit with you. Bells do a lot – and they have a special place in the heart of the church in terms of announcements and other purposes. Read more »