the big bell

Nov 29, 2012

Yesterday I touched the ‘big bell’ from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.  It has been rescued from the rubble and is on its way to the “Quake City” exhibition soon to open at Canterbury Museum.

Michael Hanrahan’s account of the Churches of the diocese, “Built in Faith” mentions the bells:

 “The bells, which are the result of a bequest of the late Nicholas Quinn, of Timaru, consisting of a two-ton tenor (the heaviest bell in New Zealand) and a chime of three other bells, all of Belgian manufacture and hung in the north tower.”  (p. 60.  Details for the purchase of “Built in Faith” can be found by clicking on the book image below)
The funeral tolling of this “big bell” has accompanied the last journey of family and friends, priests and parishioners as they are carried from the Cathedral on their last earthly journey.

may they rest in peace


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