Why Do Bells For Christmas Ring?

by Melodius Monk  

Bells and Christmas go to together in so many ways. Bells go caroling with many, and have woven their way onto Santa’s sleigh and many famous Christmas songs. They’ve been said to cast away evil spirits, as they ring joyfully and loudly to celebrate this special day. They’ve even been said to give angels back their wings! However you hear bells this Christmas, I hope they will lift your spirits. 

Merry Christmas to all!!   

Why do bells for Christmas ring?
Why do little children sing?

Once a lovely, shining star,
Seen by shepherds from a far,
Gently moved until its light
Made a manger- cradle bright.

There a darling baby lay
Pillowed soft upon the hay.
And his mother sang and smiled,
”This is Christ, the holy child.”

So the bells for Christmas ring,
So the little children sing.
      Poem by 
Lydia A. C. Ward

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

One thought on “Why Do Bells For Christmas Ring?

  1. My mother taught me the poem “Why do bells for Christmas Ring?”
    when I was real young, 3 years old I believe. I love the poem.
    Sylvia
    p.s. I am 76 years old. My mother was born in 1903 and died at
    age 94.
    Blessings and Merry Christmas to all.

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