Well, I suppose it had to happen. Starting yesterday (Thursday) at 7 a.m., our village’s church tower added back what my wife Jan and I call the “crazy bells” to the thrice-daily ringing of the Angelus. (What other blog offers up “thrice“?)
If you know what all this means, you can stop reading now. If not, I’ll take you back to my posting of May 24 called “The silence of the bells, and other tidbits.” Here’s part of what I wrote then:
In the church tower, quite near our home in downtown Daglan, the bells ring out the time. At each hour, they ring the number of the hour (so, at 9 in the morning, they ring nine times). Exactly two minutes later, they do the same thing again. At each half hour, they ring once — whether it’s 9:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m., or 4:30 p.m. Are you with me so far?
But there are three special times — 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. After the usual bell-ringing of those hours, we’re treated to the ringing of the Angelus. This means three rings of the bell, followed by a healthy pause (maybe three seconds or so), then another three rings, then another. Total rings: nine.
My understanding is that all this ringing comes from the old tradition of calling believers to prayer.
But for years and years in Daglan, the nine rings of the Angelus bell was followed by the “crazy bells,” a cacophony of bell-ringing that seemed to go on and on. When daughter Anne was visiting us, one morning she counted something like 154 separate rings. That’s a lot.
As of 7 a.m. yesterday, we thought that all the extra ringing might have been a fluke. But no — we had “crazy bells” at noon yesterday, and 7 a.m. today. It’s just this kind of change-up that makes life in the Greater Daglan Area so exciting.