Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ringing the Bell

From the time I was 11, until I married at 21, I lived nextdoor to our parish church, and loved to hear the church bells ring. I love church bells that actually play hymns, but sometimes the one tolling bell is even more effective--and affecting. I also like change ringing very much, and have often thought that it would be great fun (and exercise) despite the fact that my knowledge of it comes almost entirely from mystery novels, or BBC detective series in which a murder occurs in the vicinity of the bells.

Given that I have a gimpy elbow, I'm pretty sure that no change ringing lies in my future; however, now that I am a cantor in my parish, I get to ring the bell before 8:30 a.m. Mass on the weeks when I am singing. It is no easy job to ring it even 10 times, but it's great. When I rang it on the feast of the Holy Family, it was still dressed up from Christmas.

I wonder if the bell has a name. I will have to ask.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations,
Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.

Nativity, Fra Angelico


Saturday, December 22, 2018

My Soul Rejoices/O King of the Nations

Image Source: Used by permission of the artist, Owen Swain,
all rights reserved 2014 (may not be reproduced for
personal or commercial use without written permission of the Artist)

I wish I had had time to contact Owen Swain, who drew this picture, before yesterday, because it would have been the perfect image of Mary for the O Rising Dawn antiphon. This is my favorite image of Mary pregnant.
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O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.


Friday, December 21, 2018

O Rising Dawn

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.


O Key of David

Yesterday, I had a dental emergency, which turned out well, but took a large part of the already busy
day, so this is for yesterday.

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.