BELL DETAILS

Bell Weight1 Note Dated Founder Canons3 Turning4
cwt‑qr‑lb2 lbs kg
1 5-0-0 560 254 F 1906 Llewellins & James (England) F N
2 5-0-0 560 254 E 1906 Llewellins & James (England) F N
3 6-0-0 672 305 D 1906 Llewellins & James (England) F N
4 7-0-0 784 356 C 1906 Llewellins & James (England) F N
5 8-0-0 896 406 Bb 1906 Llewellins & James (England) F N
6 8-3-16 996 452 A 1900 G & F Paccard (France) R N
7 12-1-14 1386 629 G 1900 G & F Paccard (France) R N
8 17-1-8 1940 880 F 1900 G & F Paccard (France) R N
1 Weights are approximate for bells 1 through 5. The original weight for bells 6, 7 and 8 are shown. The actual weight of each bell was reduced when the canon was removed to mount the bell to its headstock. The tenor, bell 8, was reduced to approximately 16 cwt.
2 cwt-qr-lb: cwt = hundred weight = 112 lb, qr = quarter = 28 lb, lb = pound = 16 ounces.

Example:
The weight of bell #6 (8-3-16)
= 8 cwt + 3 qr + 16 lb
= (8 x 112 lb) + (3 x 28 lb) + 16 lb
= 896 lb + 84 lb + 16 lb = 996 lb
3 F bell cast with a flat crown or "dome topped"; R canons have all been removed
4 N bell has not been turned

BELL INSCRIPTIONS

Bell Latin Inscription English Translation5 Sacrament
1 GRATIA SANCTE AUGUSTINE ORA PRO NOBIS AUGUSTINE, SANCTIFIED BY GRACE, PRAY FOR US
2 INFIRMATUR QUIS IN VOBIS INDUCAT PRESBYTEROS ECCLESIAE LET ANYONE WHO IS SICK AMONG YOU CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH (James 5, 14) Extreme Unction
3 CREDO REMISSIONEM PECCATORUM I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS Penance/Confession
4 QUI CREDIDERIT ET BAPTIZATUS FUERIT SALVUS ERIT HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED (Matthew 16, 16) Baptism
5 HOC EST CORPUS MEUM HIC EST SANGUIS MEUS THIS IS MY BODY, THIS IS MY BLOOD The Eucharist
6 ACCIPE SPIRITUM SANCTUM RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT Confirmation
7 SACRA MENTUM HOC MAGNUM EST THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY (Ephesians 5, 32) Matrimony
8 SICUT MISIT ME PATER ET EGO MITTO VOS AS MY FATHER HAS SENT ME, SO I SEND YOU (John 20, 21) Holy Orders
5 Translation and biblical references by Dr. Ann Martin, with thanks.
Photo of Holy Rosary Cathedral Bells with Alan Ellis
© North Shore News
Bells of the Holy Rosary Cathedral, with Alan Ellis. Bells are in the upright position with clappers at rest on the trailing edge. Clockwise from left, bells shown are number 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Tenor and Treble. Bell number 2 is not shown.