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Question from Linda on 10/4/2008:

We are lucky enough to have still have the bells rung during the epiclesis and the elevation of the host. The servers use a small, high pitched metal bell that must be shaken to ring. My question is, what is the proper way to ring the bell? Some servers ring the bell for 5 seconds or so, others give it a quick ring, with the clapper producing one or two 'dings'. Is there a preferred way?

Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 10/10/2008:

There are no specific directives on how to ring the bells. I tend to prefer the ring to not be too brief."

1 comment:

  1. When I was small, my mother told me to say a little prayer when the bells rang, similar to the Glory Be. My children go to Catholic school and they've never been told anything about a prayer during the bells. Is there such a practice or was it just a way my mom got us to pay more attention to the mass at that time?