by Faithful Friar
This year, Spirit Winter Percussion has incorporated handbells into their show, “The Etchings of a Soul: A Russian Illustration.”
It made me think about the history of church bells in Russia, how they were silenced and became the object of continuous attacks. How difficult that must have been for the people who loved and appreciated their bells so much.
I found an article that stated in old times when there was an epidemic or terrible devastation, bad harvest, and other calamities, it was prescribed to continuously ring the church bells. In recent scientific studies, it shows the timbre and vibrations of bell ringing influences the entire living world around us. In the days of old, they commented that even mice, rats, and some insects feared it. Hating the sound of the bells, many carriers of diseases would run away further from the belfry and populated areas. The clear, purifying sound the church bells make exerts good influences also on people. This is one of the reasons the Russians loved bells so much. In these days where there is so much division and strife, perhaps the beauty of the sound of the ringing bells will help to clean our souls from spite, envy and impatience which will help us to live a better life.