Monday, June 20, 2016
TO BELL OR NOT TO BELL, THAT IS THE QUESTION AGAIN!
On my way back to Richmond Hill, I was listening to Catholic Radio and Gus Lloyd's Seize the Day. The topic was about ringing bells at the consecration and does your parish do it or not.
The majority of call-ins stated that their parish did it and many said that new pastors, younger of course, reinstituted the bells. All were very grateful for it.
My new parish has bells as does my old one. Does yours?
The callers were very good and all made the point that the bells bring one's focus to the Canon of the Mass and when they are not rung, the angels provide bells in their head for them to hear!
Pastors who have removed the bells or won't reinstate them are demythologizers. We all know the practical purposes of the bells when the Mass is ad orientem and the Canon is prayed silently. But practical considerations are overlaid eventually with spiritual meaning. One should embrace the spiritual meaning given to the bells and not insult those who like the bells by demeaning them with just the practicality of them that is no longer needed in a Mass facing the people with an audible Canon.
These know it alls who look down their noses at the poor souls who aren't as smart as them don't realize that the Mass is an affair of the heart not an intellectual pursuit. We need art, sounds, smells, taste and touch in the Liturgy. We are not Puritans!
Some stated that in their parishes there were three distinct rings for each elevation. Others said only one; one said the outside bell was tolled for each elevation. One person said a gong was used with three pitches.
Some said that it is rung also at the Epiclesis. Others said it is also rung after the priest had consumed the precious blood.
And of course someone who attends the EF Mass listed the myriad of places in which the sanctus bless is sounded.
Give me a Mass with bells, long sounding bells--sung to the tune of "Give me a head of hair..."