BASIC R.C. BELIEF
Bells were used by ancient Egyptians in the worship of Osiris. Moses, who
was educated in the priestly class of Egypt, introduced them into Judaism
(EXTERNALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Msgr. O'Sullivan, page 283)
Bells were introduced into churches about the year 400. They've had
varied uses over the centuries; calling the faithful to prayer, marking the
death of the faithful, summoning them to church to adore the Host. The
importance of them in Roman Catholic liturgy is demonstrated by the
elaborate ceremony of the blessing of the bells.
At this ceremony, the bishop prays, "that at the sound of this bell
their faith and devotion may be increased, that the snares of the Evil One
may be ineffectual, that the elements may be calmed, that the air may be
healthful, and that demons may flee when they hear the sweet tones of the
bell" (EXTERNALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Msgr. O'Sullivan, page 289).
Altar bells were rung at Masses, in some places more than others,
usually at the sanctus before the consecration, at the elevation of the
Host and Chalice, at the priest's communion and sometimes before the
POST VATICAN II
In the new regulations for Mass, bells were not said to be necessary. They
are still used, but their importance has been de-emphasized.
Moses introduced bells into Jewish worship by Divine command. Jewish use of
bells had nothing to do with Egyptian pagan worship. We see bells appearing
in Roman Catholic churches shortly after the institutional church became
the State religion of Rome, and pagans entered the churches bringing their
pagan religious customs.
It is unthinkable that the sound of the bell should increase faith, for
faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Neither can satanic snares be
defeated by a bell.
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