Easter Bells

The Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2018

In the next three editions of Praying Twice, we'll focus on some of the people who provide musical leadership for worship at Trinity Cathedral. At today's 10:30 Eucharist, you will hear festive Easter music played by our Handbell Ensemble.

Bells have long been associated with Easter joy. Throughout the season, you have heard Trinity's historic tower bells, small bells (and occasional sets of car keys) rung during the Gloria in excelsis at the Great Vigil of Easter, and even a bell stop (zimbelstern) on our pipe organ. 

Handbells were originally invented to allow ringers to practice long, complicated tower bell peals without disturbing the entire neighborhood. By the 20th century, composers began writing music specifically for groups of ringers. In addition, handbells play a role in liturgical music, accompanying psalms, hymns, and chants.

Our Trinity Cathedral Handbell Ensemble is directed by Janeen Jensen and involves 4-8 adult volunteer ringers. Handbells are melodic percussion instruments, so good rhythm skills are essential. Each ringer typically plays two or more bells. A high level of commitment is important, since all ringers must be present in order for all the notes to be heard. The ensemble rehearses on selected Wednesdays (September through May) and plays every 4-6 weeks.

Rejoice as we continue to celebrate the Easter feast!

Music for The Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2018

Hymns: 492, 848*, 296, 193 (stanza 5), 178, 657
Service Music: S-128, S-138, S-146, 877*
Music for Handbells
Jesus Shall Reign   -arr. Bill Ingram
Thine Is the Glory   -arr. Bill Ingram
Organ Music
This Joyful Eastertide   -Jan Bender
Gelobt sei Gott   -Healey Willan

*from Wonder, Love, and Praise


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