Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Joyful Noise

Marie, the great new bourdon of Notre Dame, one of
nine newly founded bells to join, Emmanuel, the other bourdon
and sole survivor of the pre-1789 ring.   
Back at the beginning of February I noted the joyful and evocative dedication of new bells for the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (Something you don't see every day!).  This past weekend the bells rang out over Paris for the very first time and they were given a really big welcome. 

It's very moving as, one by one, each new bell joins the chorus, starting with Jean-Marie, the smallest, and continuing until the last and oldest bell, the great bourdon, Emmanuel, which is the only bell to survive the French Revolution, joins in.  They make a tremendous and joyful noise for the Lord. 

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