Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Not so silent...

At the bottom of my street there stands the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lancaster. Three times a day the Angelus rings out to the faithful. Three groups of three chimes followed by nine chimes, all done on the large bell. It is rung at eight in the morning, at mid-day and at six in the evening. It is quite a peaceful sound. One those "Sounds of Silence".

But we live in a noisy world, do we not? There have been times when I have walked right past the belfry and not been able to hear the Angelus because of traffic noise. Several cars pulling away simultaneously from the traffic lights can make quite a racket.
And yet, this traffic noise registers as little more than background.

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