Matthew 11,15: He that hath ears to hear, let
VOX EGO SUM VITAE.
VOCO VOS. ORARE VENITE.
I'm the voice of life.
I call you. Come in order to pray.
of one of the bells hanging in the church of Wasenbach
VOCO. MORTUOS PLANGO.
living I call. The dead I mourn.
of the tower was renewed ANNO, abbreviated AO. (= Latin: in the
year) 1688, the part of the tower below the roof must be older.
Like the remaining part of the church building it is made of rough
stones. The square tower with a tapering roof is thatched with slate.
Below the roof you can read the following inscription: "NOMEN DOMINI
TVRRIS FORTISSIMA". Translated from the the Latin language this
means: "The name of the Lord is the solidest tower." Both bells
hanging in the tower ring in the notes H und G sharp. The motto
"PRAY AND WORK" which is to be read on the little bell is the German
form of the Latin monk's rule of the Benedictines' monastic order
"ORA ET LABORA". On the big bell you read: "CHRIST IS OUR LIFE".
On the upper edge of both bells is the name of the bellfoundry to
be read: "GEG. V. BOCHUMER VEREIN I. BOCHUM 1923". On a beam behind
the bells is carved in in big letters: ANNO d. GOTT MIT VNS (Photo
side of the church with
look on the belltower
For to see the enlarged inscription
click on the photo, please!
DOMINI TURRIS FORTISSIMA PROV. 18. AO. 1688
name of the Lord is the solidest tower.
PROV as abbreviation for the
Book of Proverbs
[lat.: LIBER PROVERBIORUM]
Bible (O.T.), Book of Proverbs
"Vulgata" which is the Latin translation
of the holy Hieronymus, the complete text reads as
follows: turris fortissima nomen Domini ad ipsum
currit iustus et exaltabitur (The name of the
Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into
it, and is safe.) This complete quotation is to be
read as inscription on the "Little Clock Bell"
of the Frankfurt cathedral St. Bartholomew.
historisches museum frankfurt (Ph00739), Foto:
The visible part of the inscription at the upper
edge of the bell:
of the year of bell-founding under the heraldic
figure of Frankfurt:
German translation says: The name of the Lord is a
strong castle; the righteous runs to it and is protected.
This translation reminds the reader at once of the
hymn: "A safe stronghold
our God is still".
same shortened quotation as in Schönborn stands
by the way as circumscription in the upper semicircle
of the obverse of the silver coin called "Frankfurter
Konventionstaler" produced in 1772 (MDCCLXXII)
on which under the triangle of Trinity with surrounding
rays of light on the left side the Church of St. Lionheart
with the Lionheart's Tower, the Frankfurt Cathedral
as well as the Pensions Tower and on the right one
the Holy Ghost Church (Dominican Monastery) of the
district "Sachsenhausen" are to be seen.
The elevation in the background suggests the highlands
of the "Spessart". On the lower half of
the coin the Old "Main" Bridge and the river
"Main" driven on by boats are portrayed.
On the reverse the straightened and crowned eagle
of the free imperial city is shown. Here the circumscription
read as follows: MONETA REIPVBL FRANCOFVRT
AD LEGEM CONVENTIONIS
The short quotation "Nomen..." at first
appears on «Dukaten» of the year 1633
and then from time to time on nearly all higher nominals
of the town. The devout verse was almost a kind of
coin motto of Frankfurt and with it also a motto of
the town itself.
The church spire
(old execution, now fastened to the outer wall of the church)
Weight: 689,5 kg
Diameter: 102 cm
tone g sharp
Line of vision: up the river
in 1917 the parish had to hand over their big bronze bell for
the arms production during the war two new steel bells were
ordered at the firm called "Bochumer Verein für Bergbau
(= mining)". The bells were founded in 1923 but the French occupying
power forbidded the sending off. So the bells arrived in Zollhaus
not until 31st December 1923. The agreed price were
45930 RM (reichsmark = old German mark).Because of the progressive
inflation further 43 billions for the freight had to be
payed to the "Reichsbahn" (old German railway company) and 30
billions freight costs until the installation on the tower in
January 1924 by the Protestant parish (a note of the parish
priest Dittmer in 1960).
On both bells you can read at the upper edge :
GEG.(OSSEN) V.(OM) BOCHUMER VEREIN
I.(N) BOCHUM 1923. / Founded by the "Bochumer Verein"
(= name of the bellfoundry) in Bochum 1923.
is the bell that is rung during
the praying of the Lord's prayer.
It also rings at 7.00 a.m, 11.00
a.m. and at 6.00 p.m.
Pitch: tone H
Weight: 430 kg
Outside diameter below: 92 cm
UND ARBEITE (PRAY AND WORK)
is rung before the beginning of
a funeral service.
Besides it is rung two hours and
one hour before the public worships.
Pitch: tone G sharp
Weight: 769 kg
Outside diameter below: 110 cm
IST UNSER LEBEN
IS OUR LIFE)
to hear the sound of the bell(s) click on the corresponding
ANNO d. GOTT MIT VNS
renovation of the steeple (church tower) in September/October
W. Jakupka, 21.9.2008
kestrel which feels well in and on the steeple
Schiller: Song of the Bell (excerpt)
translated by Marianna Wertz
And be her purpose
For which the Master did
On high above low earthly
Shall she in heav'n's blue
Be thunder's neighbour, ever-pending,
And border on the starry
A single voice from high
Like constellations' band
Which its creator wand'ring
And leads the wreathéd
Alone to grave, eternal singing
Her metal mouth be consecrate,
And hourly with all swiftness
Shall she be moved by time
Her tongue to destiny is
Herself has heart and pity
With nothing but her swing
The game of life's e'er-changing
And as the ring in ears is
Sent by her mighty sounding
So let her teach, that naught
That all things earthly fade
the Meaning of the Word "Glocke"
bells which were imported from North Africa to Italy
in the 6th century spread quickly in the rest of Europe.
Mainly in Ireland elaborate bells for use in services
were produced. In the course of missionary activity
by Irish monks the Teutons got to know these bells and
adopted with the object the word, too.
Mhd. glocke, ahd. glocca,
clocca, mDutch. klocke (borrowed from this word is the
English noun clock "Uhr"), Swedish klocka, aengl. clucge,
mlat.-roman. clocca (notice the French "cloche")
are based on a Celtic cloc (= ir. clocc) "Glocke, Schelle",
has a sound imitating origin.
first bell of the world pulled by a rope was
installed in Tours (France) in the year 580.
Electric ringing machines exist since about the
beginning of the 20th century. In the cathedral of Cologne
for the first time was rung in 1904.
oldest church bell of Germany - the
Lullusglocke - is located in the ruin of the religious
foundation of Bad Hersfeld.
[In this connection you think automatically of the (German)
saying "etwas an die große Glocke hängen".
In English that means "to shout s.th. from the
de Paris (Paris):
in Wien (Vienna):
in Rom (Rome):
|Dom zu Köln
present biggest sounding bell of the world might be
the "Mingun-Bell" that's hanging in Burma.
The bell is called so because of its place of installation.
It's said that its weight is 96000 kg and it is rung
of the Weather
When a thunderstorm
came closer in the past centuries it was the use to ring
the bells in order to protect from fire that caused fires
and from hail which destroyed the harvest. This tradition
is still in the habit of doing in the Bavarian Alps.
The inscription of
the oldest bell of the church in Klingelbach (> sound
of the bell) dated from the year 1465 ends with the
words: "... alle bose weder vor driben ich", in modern
German: "all bad weathers I drive away".
of the clapper in the little bell in June 2022
part of the clapper which still hangs in the bell
(Line of sight from the bottom into the
broken part of the clapper
installation of a new clapper was done on September 26th
2022 by the firm Diegner & Schade, Dorsten.