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#1 Algernon

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 10:06 AM

I read on the Blagovest Bells website that "During the Magnificat the bell is struck nine times."

​Why nine? Is it because it's the ninth ode or is there another reason?

 

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#2 Algernon

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:49 PM

Okay, so no one knows the answer to this either, I guess...?



#3 Olga

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:28 PM

Which service are you referring to? Both Matins (most of the time) and the DL feature a magnificat to the Mother of God.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 08:06 AM

Matins.

I wasn't aware that the DL had the Magnificat, too.



#5 Olga

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:43 PM

The hymn to the Mother of God after the Eucharistic canon (the most commonly-sung being "It is meet") is also known as a magnificat (megalynarion). Hence my question.

 

Regarding the ringing of bells during either of these times: in my long experience of both Greek and Russian liturgical practice, the only time I've heard bells being rung is during the DL magnificat, and that only in Russian churches, not Greek. The bell-ringing was not a single note tolled nine times, but a melodic peal using several bells.



#6 Rdr Andreas

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Posted Today, 07:17 AM

I have come across a Greek custom of ringing a bell - no specific number of times - at the start of the great doxology at the conclusion of matins when that is followed by the DL. Is this related to the question, and in any case, why is this done?






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