Bell ringing during the Gloria

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: The Holy Thursday Evening Mass of Lord’s Supper calls for bells to be rung on the singing of the Gloria, then they went silent until the Gloria of the Easter Vigil. But some parishes extend this practice of bell ringing during Gloria even on regular sundays and solemnities. Are they wrong?


A: Well, there’s no provision for it. One could argue that bells are a musical instrument, so they are no different from adding an organ, guitar or piccolo to the Gloria. But the specific mention of bells for two days on the calendar implies that they’re not being used on the others.