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Number of times a single bell is rung before service please?

 
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Mac Lynch



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:30 am    Post subject: Number of times a single bell is rung before service please? Reply with quote

Kia Ora
What is the proper number of times a single church bell is rung before a Church Service please.
Does it vary with the type of Service or time of day.
What is the tradition behind this?
Thanks
Mac
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Leicester Trev



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect you'll get lots of different replies to this one! One tradition that I'm aware of is to ring the bell 33 times - representing the no. of years Christ is believed to have lived. I've no idea how legitimate this really is, but it was certainly the custom when I was in training at an anglo-catholic theological college.
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stocky



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

at salisbury, they just rang it for 2 minutes before the begining of evensong. on sunday morning they ring for 3 so they dont have a set number they just ring according to a clock by the bell pully thing. hope thats a tiny bit useful.
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