I love the chiming of church bells around the neighborhood, not for any religious reason, but for the way they remind me of my childhood in Europe. I have noticed though, that I have never been able to figure out the pattern of the chiming. Neither has reader Brooke, who writes:
"I'm not sure if you answer questions like this, but was wondering if you had any idea about the church bell at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Marry Church on Summit Street between Henry and Hicks. I was wondering if you knew the pattern behind when and for how long they decide to chime the church bells. I was always under the impression they chimed every hour on the hour to note what time it was, (8 chimes for 8am etc) and then again to note when mass was starting.
That doesn't seem to be the case with this church, the bells chime at random times throughout the day. I counted 62 bell chimes yesterday [Friday] morning starting at 8:19am."
This being Easter time, there definitely is bound to be more chiming. If you had any insight, Brooke and I would be interested to hear.