The bells of St Mary’s
In the South East tower (to the left as you look at St Mary’s) sharing their home with a colony of bats, are the bells of St Mary’s.
Originally, there was just one bell here but it was removed to make place for a new facility – not actual bells – but a digital bell system. Not only does it play the usual clang, clang, clang or a peal of bells calling the faithful to Mass, it can also chime out hymn tunes!
Three times a day the Angelus Bells are rung morning, noon and night: three groups of three rings, followed by a ring of nine to accompany a litany of prayer that remembers the Incarnation, when God takes flesh.
The bells were donated by the family of a former priest, Fr Kenneth Jordan in his memory.
During Easter time, the Angelus is replaced by the Regina Coeli, the Memorial of the Resurrection.
Dig Deeper: If you have time to linger and want to dig deeper, check out a reflection on The Bells of St Mary’s
The Angelus: You can find the words of the Angelus Prayer and the Regina Coeli at our Daily Prayer website Day by Day
Visit: Why not visit our Wild Side, where the QR Code Trail continues, and explore more about the bats and other wildlife?