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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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.
Posted 01 July 2017 - 05:31 PM
On Saturday 1st July/18th June 2017 the Russian TV channel 'Soyuz' broadcast the All Night Vigil service live from the church of the Nativity of Saint John the Forerunner in Yukki (Leningrad Oblast, about 12 miles north of Saint Petersburg).
This church has two bells inside, close to the ends of the iconostas, next to the chanters' stands (look next to the banners). At matins, during the singing of the Song of the Mother of God ('Magnificat'), at the beginning of the ninth ode of the canon, one of these bells was struck nine times by one of the men singing, as the priest censed around the church. The second screenshot posted here just captured the bell being struck.
For anyone interested, a video recording of the entire service might appear on the tvsoyuz channel on Youtube - the regular Saturday and Sunday (and festal) broadcasts seem to appear there a few days after their live transmission.
Edited by Brian Rowlands, 01 July 2017 - 05:33 PM.
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