Ever wonder why the church bells at St. Bernard (and many other Catholic Churches) ring that odd pattern of bell-tolls at noon and at 6pm? You know, three rings … pauze; three rings…pauze; three rings…pauze; and then nine strokes of continuous ringing? It is a Christian call to prayer. Traditionally it is rung at 6am, noon and 6pm … but in some places city ordinances prohibit the 6am bell-ringing. It is a time to stop and pray the Angelus:
V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord”
R. “Be it done unto me according to your word.”
V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt amongst us.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts.
That we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through Christ our Lord, Amen.