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

people's communion.


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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