Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit Strategy [Update]

Now that we’ve had a few days to examine the dress, the flowers, the fascinators, etc. of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, let’s take a listen to their exit out of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. I hear the guard announcing the couple, people cheering, a woman(?) screaming (really not sure […]

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, Chicago

I found another church here in Chicago that rings the bells during the Lord’s Prayer—First Lutheran Church of the Trinity. Perhaps this is a specifically Lutheran tradition? This Lutheran church was the third in the city and the first one south of the Chicago River. The church formed in 1865, although the current building they […]

Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University, Chicago

Steve Betancourt and John Paul from the Madonna della Strada chapel at Loyola University kindly showed me their magnificent four swinging bells. First off, check out that view of Lake Michigan! This tower had a lot of ladders. We screwed up our courage and climbed up there. The ladders didn’t give Steve the heebie jeebies […]

St. Clement Catholic Church, Chicago, IL

St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago is a superstar in my book. Why? They have an entire webpage devoted to their bells. Gabriel Mayhugh, director of liturgy, gave me the behind-the-scenes tour so I could see the bells up close and hear them in action. First, the computer that rings the bells automatically multiple times […]

St. Paul’s Parish, Riverside, Illinois

Back when there was warmer weather (ah, remember those days?), I visited St. Paul’s Parish in Riverside, Illinois to witness their beautiful ring. Allison Olson kindly showed me around. The one of only two rings in the Chicago area (the other in Mitchell Tower at the University of Chicago), the eight bells ring from a […]