Divinity Bells

By: Emily Ho

What do you hear when you’re walking around central McMaster campus on Wednesdays at 1:20 PM?

Church bells playing beautiful melodies from Divinity College!

It’s loud enough to hear it from the Psychology Building, yet it’s not so loud that it hurts the ears.

I was not aware that the sounds were coming from the McMaster campus. Initially, I thought it was maybe a make-shift ice cream truck premature for the season. Then I thought that it may be the McMaster Child Care Centre signaling for recess time. They are extremely pleasant to the ears and if you happen to be on campus, venture a little closer so you can hear the chime clearer!

After a brief research, I came upon an article from Divinity College
McMaster Divinity College Bells Ring for First Time in 20 Years
September 15, 2010

For many years the bell tower at McMaster Divinity College has been silent. The seminary, located on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, rang the bells to signify the beginning of its first chapel service of the year.

“There was once a time when every community was exposed to the sound of church bells,” stated President Dr. Stanley Porter. “Just as the church had that visible presence in their communities we too are seeking to be more visible within the McMaster community. Our chapel is open to anyone within this community and we welcome them to participate in the Wednesday chapel services.”

The bells will ring at 1:15pm for three to five minutes each Wednesday during the academic year to signify that chapel will be beginning soon – at 1:30pm.

For more information on McMaster Divinity College and/or the contents of this release please contact:

President’s Office
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4K1
905.525.9140 x. 24401

To end, I have an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells

“Hear the mellow wedding bells –
Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten-golden notes,
And all in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
On the moon!
Oh, from out the sounding cells
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! -how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing
Of the bells, bells, bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells –
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!”