Matthew 11,15: He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear.
Vivos voco. Mortuos
plango. The living I call. The dead I mourn.
roof 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 down below!)
portal side of the church with
look on the belltower
For to see the enlarged inscription
click on the photo, please!
NOMEN DOMINI TVRRIS 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.
historisches museum frankfurt (Ph00739), Foto:
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".
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
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 (CHRIST IS
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
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,
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
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
Sent by her mighty sounding
So let her teach, that
naught is lasting,
That all things earthly
the Meaning of the Word "Glocke"
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.
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", which
has a sound imitating origin.
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.
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 roof-tops".
de Paris (Paris):
in Wien (Vienna):
in Rom (Rome):
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 still today.
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
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".