To the editor:
A wonderful tradition has been scrapped since Vatican II, which I think should be reinstated.
In years past, when the Holy Eucharist was consecrated and raised up for all of the congregation to see, altar bells were rung by the altar boys/girls to signify one of the most glorious parts of the Mass.
In recent years however this tradition has been eliminated, apparently under the guise that since the priest is now facing the congregation, they can see the ritual better and there is no longer any need to ring the bells.
I don’t know if not ringing the bells is a rule of the church or if it is discretionary to the priest serving the Mass, but I for one would like to see it reinstated. I think it adds to the color, sounds and pageantry which makes our Catholic service the envy of the religious world.