Monday, October 10, 2011

The Bell..............

The Eucharistic Congress Bell is arriving in our parish tomorrow. It arrives in the parish at 11am, and it will have quite a hectic day. It will visit schools and shopping centres. The children are all busy learning the Eucharistic Congress official hymn.

Hopefully the bell will call people to prayer, on its travels throughout our parish. The climax of the day will be a Eucharistic Holy Hour in St Mary's Church, Drogheda, at 7.30pm. Now if I'm honest, I think the idea of the bell is a bit naff. I would have had a traditional "Fourty Hours" of Eucharistic devotion in our parishes instead, but hey I'm not in charge of the Irish Church.

The bell is from the now closed Dominican Convent of Portstewart, Co. Derry. I find it ironic, that at a time of crisis in the Irish Church, we decide to drag a bell from an abandoned convent around the country. Will the ringing of the bell call people to prayer, or will it simply call them to play with the ding-a-ling?

The Death Knell Is Ringing

The death knell is ringing
The raven is singing
The earth worm is creeping
The mourners are weeping
Ding dong, bell--
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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