Shrine Church of Saint Jude

                                     The Pealing of Church Bells

     Years ago when a bell had been cast it was shipped to the church and wheeled into the midst of the congregation where it was baptized and named (usually the patron saint of the particular parish.) It was now a member of this assembly where it participated in the prayer life of the Church. It was hoisted to the top of the tower to ring out the times for worship and prayer.

     Our bells are electronic but serves the same purpose. It calls us to gather for the Liturgies, but it also calls us to pray at other times. I want to point out very specific times that it calls us to prayer.

     They ring for 3 minutes each day at 3:00 PM. Bishop DiMarzio has called us to pray at this time for those suffering during this Pandemic. The bells ring at the time of the death of our Lord. When we hear the bells we should stop what we are doing and pray.

     We can use our own prayer or use the one below:

    Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger,

                  to whom we turn in our distress:

                  in faith we pray:

                  look with compassion on the afflicted,

                  grant eternal rest to the dead,

                  comfort to mourners,

                  healing to the sick,

                  peace to the dying,

                  strength to healthcare workers,

                  wisdom to our leaders.

      Though we cannot be physically close to others,

                 give us the ability and courage to love as well as we can,

                 since perfect love casts out all fears.

      When this pandemic has passed,

                 and when this frightening crisis is resolved,

                teach us to know You more closely as our dearest friend and our only hope.

     And we ask this in your name O loving Father.

      At 12 noon and at 6 PM daily the bells ring out the Angelus. They ring in three sets of three rings and one longer set. This is a prayer that is centuries old and should still be recited today.

The prayer follows:

Set 1: The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
          And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

                Recite: Hail Mary…

Set 2: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

​          Be it done unto me according to your word.

                Recite: Hail Mary…

Set 3: And the Word was made flesh
         And dwelt among us.

                Recite: Hail Mary…

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God

          That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech you , O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, your 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 the same Christ our Lord.


In Christ

Msgr. John