Saturday, December 24, 2011

The devil's funeral

In Ireland, it was customary to ring the church bell when someone in the village had died. On Christmas Eve, the local churches would begin ringing their bells about an hour before Midnight Mass began. The death knell was to signal the end of the devil, who was believed to die with the birth of Jesus Christ.





8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

an interesting tradition! had not heard of that one before!

merry christmas, kim usa! :)

Ann said...

thanks, I did not know this.

Lots of egg nog for you and yr family.

Helene said...

I really like that! Have a wonderful Christmas! Ring the bells!

Louis la Vache said...

Christmas blessings to you!

Sandy Carlson said...

Merry Christmas, my friend.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great post. We never heard this story before.

Merry Christmas.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

wheatgerm said...

great post

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