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Whither bells from the belfry?
Enjoyed your comments on Bells, 12/18/11. Had never heard of a recording used in belfries, but as you note am sure much is lacking. It reminds me of my experience living in Indonesia for many years as diplomat and business executive. Technology also has taken over the task of the muzein in many mosques, and the call to prayer is made seven times daily through a cassette on a crackling PA system. The seven-fold call to their round daily offices from the minarets to the muslim devout is a lasting memory of life in this predominantly Muslim country, but the thought often went through my mind that a crackling PA system in the minaret was not what the Prophet had in mind when he called the faitheful to this round of prayer. And as in the minaret, I don't believe that canned bells in the belfry would quite come up to the mark either!
Br. Franklin Kline OP
Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
19 December 2011
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