The following comes from an October 24 story in the Monterey Herald.
At noon, two fifth-graders from San Carlos School ring two massive bronze church bells in the Royal Presidio Chapel for the Angelus, a Roman Catholic prayer that celebrates the annunciation and incarnation of Jesus, as described in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
The Angelus — from the Latin “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mari¾,” or “the Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary” — was traditionally recited in Catholic churches, convents and monasteries daily at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., announced by ringing the Angelus bell.
Sister Sharon MacMillan, liturgy coordinator at the cathedral, said the idea of reviving the noon bell ringing, which once called Monterey’s residents to prayer in California’s early days, came from Cathy Leiker, a parishioner who served as project manager of the church’s renovation….
The daily bell chorus began Oct. 15, the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, MacMillan said.
Leiker said the bells are bronze with cast-iron frames and clappers.
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