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DEAR FATHER | Bells at Mass bring joyful noise to the Lord, focus attention on altar

We can trace the use of bells in the liturgy back to the liturgy of the Old Testament. In the Book of Exodus, the vestments of the high priest are described in detail. Among the ornamentation on the vestments are alternating pomegranates and bells (Exodus 28:33-35).

God instructed the bells to be sewn on the vestments for two reasons.

1) They were part of the joyful noise made to the Lord, as referenced in Psalm 98:4.

The toll of evangelization: Historic bells at Sts. Peter and Paul Church call people to God, faith, prayer

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto

The bells at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Soulard were restored with the intention of ringing them on Christmas Day to call the faithful to prayer and to God. Phil Dravage installed a hammer to the largest bell — a 6,000-pound bell known as Peter and Paul. The other bells are named Joseph, Mary, John and Francis de Sales.

Standing inside the bell tower that overlooks much of St. Louis, Phil Dravage demonstrated the path a new striker will take to impact a bell. The toll will will resonate over Soulard from Sts. Peter and Paul Church's steeple towers, a monument to the countless German immigrants who built the church and neighborhood.

These bells have not functioned correctly for decades, but were scheduled to proclaim the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day in their full glory.

DEAR FATHER | Bells at Mass bring joyful noise to the Lord, focus attention on altar

Father John Mayo

When did bells start being used at Mass? What is the proper way of using bells at the consecration and other parts of the Mass?

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