Daily Lenten Reflection: Day 30

Today's Lenten reflection is from Father Rockys "40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass". The lesson of the day is on one of the more frequently asked question topics - the meaning of the Bells during the Mass. We hope you enjoy!

"40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.
Lesson 29: The Eucharistic Prayer (4) - Bells

I love bells, don't you? Bells are permitted at Mass, but not mandatory. Still, I think they add something beautiful to the experience.

When I was chaplain at Northridge Prep school for boys, the 6th and 7th graders always wanted to serve and always wanted something active to do, like ringing the bells. If it were up to them, they'd ring the bells all Mass long. But no, only three times: once at the 'epiclesis' when the priest puts his hands over the gifts and invokes the blessing of the Holy Spirit; again for the second time when the priest elevates and shows the host to the people; and third time is when the priest elevates the Chalice and shows the Blood of Christ to the people.

So what's up with the bells? We ring bells to get people's attention and let them know something important is going on and something has changed: school bells tell us something has changed, for instance that period 3 is now over and now we begin period 4. Fire bells in the village alert everyone to take action and come and help. And bells at Mass tell us that a miracle has just happened: the transubstantiation."

To celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, we will leave you with a quote from Pope Francis:
“St. Joseph’s mission is certainly unique and unrepeatable, as Jesus is absolutely unique. However, in protecting Jesus, in teaching him how to grow in age, wisdom and grace, he is a model for every educator, and in particular for every father. … I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. Be, for them, like St. Joseph: protectors of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. Guardians of their path, and educators: walk alongside them. And with this closeness, you will be true educators.”