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*Image: The Lullusglocke, the oldest datable cast bell in Germany: cast on June 24, 1038. It hangs in the Catherine Tower (Katharinenturm) in the ruins of the monastery of Bad Hersfeld in Hesse.

By Michele McAloon, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 5, 2023

Mrs. Michele McAloon is the Executive Producer of Archangel Radio (Mobile, Alabama) and a canon lawyer

Note: Be sure to tune in to “The World Over” tonight at 8:00 (Eastern). The Papal Posse (host Raymond Arroyo, Fr. Gerald Murray, and TCT’s Robert Royal) will discuss the funeral and the legacy of Benedict XVI as well as other topics related to the Church. (Segments are also usually available for viewing, shortly after their first appearance, on EWTN’s YouTube channel.)

To live in Germany is to live with the sound of pealing church bells. They ring regularly throughout the day and provide a backdrop of sacred sound to daily life in major metropolitan areas, large towns, and even small villages. Bells are a loud witness to lingering Christian memory that time and atheism have still not entirely erased. In the not-so-distant past, bells were used not only to keep time, but to call people to the Liturgy, to remind them of the Angelus, or to announce a funeral. They were a testament to a sacramental life that formed the backbone of European culture.

On New Year’s Eve at 11 am central European time, the bells broke their regular daily rhythm, and for close to an hour announced to German society the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Throughout the day among the sounds of fireworks from early New Year’s revelers, bells continued to toll marking the passing of one of Germany’s most preeminent and respected sons. …

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