Church bells ringing remind us of the presence of God among us and remind us to say our prayers as the People of God.
This marriage of the ringing of the church bell and the prayers of the People of God is a very ancient tradition, called the Angelus. As with many prayers, the name Angelus come from its Latin roots – Angelus Domini nuntiavit Maria – the angel of the Lord declared to Mary. The devotion was traditionally observed in churches, convents and monasteries three times daily: 6:00 a.m., 12 noon, and 6:00 p.m. It was a call to prayer and to spread good will to everyone. The angel referred to is Gabriel, the messenger of God, who revealed to Mary that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God. (Luke 1: 26-38) The Angelus originated in the 11th century. The first documentation stems from an Italian Franciscan monk Sinigardi di Arezzo who died in 1282. The ringing of the Angelus in the 13th and 14th centuries was very common. Bells inscribed with Ave Maria are numerous in England, and in a very large number of instances were dedicated to Gabriel. In the Diocese of Lincoln, England there are nineteen surviving medieval bells named for Gabriel. In Germany, the Netherlands, and in some parts of France, the Angelus bell was also known as the peace bell and ringing for peace was a phrase popularly used for the ringing of the Angelus.
The ringing of the Angelus is the pattern of three groups of three peals, each group separated by a pause, followed by a group of nine peals, for a total of eighteen rings.
The intention is be more faithful in prayer, to ring for Peace, and to declare to Selinsgrove that God is among us and the People of God are active among us as well.
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