Bells to Ring in The Year of Faith Thursday
Churches around the country will ring their bells at noon to mark the beginning of the Year of Faith called for by Pope Benedict XVI.
A joint project of the Cincinnati-base Verdin Co., the Son Rise Morning Show, and the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, “Ring in the Year of Faith” invites churches everywhere to ring their bells for three minutes on Oct. 11, the first day of the Year of Fatih.
“Let your neighbors know that the New Evangelization is underway in your part of the world,” says Bishop James D. Conley, Diocese of Lincoln, NB.
Organizers are urging people to ring bells at their schools and even at their homes. “Anyone can take part by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes —from a carillon of bells to a digital carillon ringing the Angelus to enthusiastic children with hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells,” says Verdin representative Bob Santoro. “The sound of thousands of bells across the country ringing out at the same time to mark this important time will be a thrilling experience among Catholics, parishes, and communities.”
Non-Catholic churches are invited to ring their bells in solidarity with the Catholic Church’s stance on religious liberty.
“For centuries, the sounds of church bells have drawn the Faithful together to worship Our Lord and celebrate Christian community,” says Brian Patrick, host of the Son Rise Morning Show. “As we begin The Year of Faith, I invite you to join the Son Rise Morning Show and Verdin Bells to ring out the Good News that Jesus is The Lord of our lives. The truth will set us free. Let freedom ring!”
The Verdin Co. is a major supplier of church bells, carillons, outdoor clocks, and clock towers around the world. The once-common practice of ringing the bells at noon for the Angelus dates back to the 14th century, and many churches and institutions still ring bells to mark the time and play music at set times each day. Throughout the world, bells are still rung to mark great occasions.
“Joining together to ring bells is a great way to enhance the visibility of Year of Faith and a personal reminder to renew our call to holiness and personal conversion,” says Fr. Martin Moran, executive director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and pastor of Holy Cross-Immaculata parish in Mt. Adams (OH).
Is your parish, school, or group going to ring in the Year of Faith Thursday? Register at Verdin’s Year of Faith web page to receive a free bell ringtone and an email reminder.