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When we began our podcast, "Echoes from the Bell Tower," last
year, the first episode was about the bells in the Archabbey
It included several funny stories about bell mishaps, along with
reflections by various monks on what the bells symbolize to the
Well, several months ago, the bells went silent. When it was
noticed that one of the bells sounded "off," all six of the bells
were inspected. It was decided that repairs were needed and that
one of the bells - we call it Bell 6 - actually had to be removed
from the church tower and sent to the Netherlands for repair.
Just recently, repairs to the other five bells were completed
and now we're hearing the bells again! The bells ring every 15
minutes, they ring the hour - and the monks actually pull the ropes
before Mass and prayer times. So when you don't hear the bells
during the day at Saint Meinrad, it's an odd silence.
This week's podcast episode is an updated rebroadcast of the
Bells episode. In this episode, there's a funny story about how
hard it was to get the new (at the time) Bell 6 into the tower 20
years ago. It was like déjà vu this February when the company hired
to remove Bell 6 had the same trouble getting it out! Below, you
can see photos of Bell 6 being removed from the Church tower.
You can listen to the episode at the top of this page or go to
iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get podcasts and download "Echoes
from the Bell Tower."
And don't forget to enter our giveaway by leaving a review on
iTunes. Go to www.saintmeinrad.edu/giveaway to
find out how to enter. Deadline is May 10.
Next episode:What's a typical day like for a seminarian? A monk?
A monk who's a seminarian? Find out in the next podcast episode,
released on May 11.
In this short clip, the bells in the south tower are
rung before evening prayer in the Archabbey Church.
In this short clip, all four bells in the south tower
are shown while being rung by two novices below.
To learn more about the history of the bells at Saint Meinrad
Archabbey, read this previous post on Echoes from the Bell
"The Archabbey Church Bells."
Bell 6 being removed from it's bell tower to be repaired.
A workman attaches Bell 6 to a crane to be lowered to the ground as it is removed from its tower.
Bell 6 is lowered to the ground by crane. The bell weighs two and a half tons!
Bell 6 waits to be trucked off for shipping to the Netherlands. The bell is the size of a Volkswagen and no foundries in the U.S. can repair a bell of its size.