Monday, April 15, 2002

Church Bells Ringing

My walk home from the bus stop tonight was timed perfectly with the 6 o'clock chiming of the bell tower of my parish a few blocks away. A beautiful, sunny day in Chicago and the melody of "What Child is This" filling the neighborhood for blocks, the sound ricocheting off the buildings:

"What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the son of Mary."
And people wonder why I love living in a hundred year-old parish with all of the treasures that come with it.

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