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A note from Fr. Bob - October News!

As I’m sitting here, the Holy Trinity bell is tolling out the hour – ten distinct rings reminding me of my mid-morning obligations.  Well, that’s one purpose.  Mainly though, for most people in the area it’s simply pretty noise; a part of the ambient background of our lives.

One of my favorite things to do is to read medieval mysteries, usually from the 11th to 15th centuries.  Of course, they’re fiction, but with all good fiction, they are placed in a fairly  accurate historical setting.  I mean, you can’t have King Harold running around in 1069, now can you?  (He was killed in 1066)

What made me think of this at 10:00 am is that church bells were an integral part of daily life for both the religious and the secular.  Bells didn’t ring out hours so much as they rang out the start of the various services of the church starting with Lauds at dawn and ending with Compline at bed--time, about 7pm.  Of course, there was also Matins at 2 am, but hopefully they didn’t ring the bell.  Bells also rang in times of emergency, or to mark the death of a monk/priest or an important townsman.

What the bells of medieval England tell me is that the church was, to a great extent, the point around which all of life revolved.  People would mark time by the monastic hours:  right before Compline; right after Lauds for example.  And, people actually went to these services (well, maybe not matins). 

There were times the church abused its role in society, but more often, it was a place of security, stability and refuge from the drudgery of daily life.

I don’t like waking up at 2:00 am, and I think I’d get tired of going to 7 services a day.  But, I do wish the church had a more central role in peoples’ lives.  I wish people saw the church as a place of security, stability and refuge.  I wish the church earned that centrality.  I wish the sound of the bells did more than add to the cacophony of life. Maybe I’m being too cynical.  Perhaps, and hopefully, the bells at least remind people that there is a church that wants people to know that it is still there.  Our bells don’t call people to our services, but they do call people to recognize a pattern of life which includes church as an integral part. Church bells – I know I’d miss them.  I look forward to their familiar sound.  Ah, there they are. 11 tolls.  Life goes on.  Fr. Bob

 

 

 

 


 


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Altar Guild Team/Wilson Team Saturday, Oct 24 @ 8:00 AM
25Oct
Rite I Sunday, Oct 25 @ 8:00 AM
25Oct
Rite ll Sunday, Oct 25 @ 10:30 AM
31Oct
Altar Guild Team/Leeton Team Saturday, Oct 31 @ 8:00 AM
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Rite I Sunday, Nov 1 @ 8:00 AM

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