Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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Picture This A story told mostly in photographs * From "e Bells," a poem by Edgar Allen Poe (1809-41) For Anita Mummert, coordinator of the hand-bell choir, the bells are a special part of the services at Wake Forest Presbyterian. "Not everyone has seen ringers, and since we don't play all the time, it is something new and unique for the congregation." Golden bells! What a world of happiness their harmony foretells! Q Photographs by Kathryn Rende T he origin of bells extends to medieval times, steeped in religion — and superstition. e bells — which were actually baptized — were hung in doorways as a way to ward off spirits as a visitor entered a household and might very well have been the forerunner of today's doorbell. ese consecrated bells were also said to calm storms, in one case to still the "great thundering" of 1502. Today, tuned hand bells — introduced in the early 1700s — are used in worship services, as seen here in a practice session at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, with hand-bell choir members reading from a music score. In doing so, the ringer moves the hand bell so the clapper strikes the inside, usually holding it against his shoulder, bell upwards, and then swinging the bell through an elliptical shape to cause the clapper to strike the casting. e bell's tone will continue to resonate, decaying naturally until it stops or the ringer stops it by damping the bell with a hand or shoulder, according to the Journal of American Guild of English Hand bell Ringers. e Handbell Musicians of America lists 15 hand-bell choirs in North Carolina, though there are likely to be many more. In the case of Wake Forest Presbyterian, new ringers must be 16 to join the music ministry. * 50 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

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