The bells are ringing

first_imgA joyous peal of bells will ring throughout Cambridge on Commencement Day.In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university — and of our earlier history when bells of varying tones summoned us from sleep to prayer, work, or study — this ancient yet new sound will fill Harvard Square and the surrounding area with music when a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 366th Commencement Exercises, for the 29th consecutive year.The bells will begin to ring at 11:45 a.m., shortly after Peter J. Koutoujian, sheriff of Middlesex County, declares the Commencement Exercises adjourned. They will ring for approximately 15 minutes.The deep-toned bell in the Memorial Church tower, for years the only bell to acknowledge the festival rites of Commencement, will be joined by the set of bells cast to replace the original 17-bell Russian zvon of Lowell House that was returned in 2008 to the Danilov Monastery near Moscow, and by the bell of the Harvard Business School, the historic 13-bell “Harvard Chime” of Christ Church Cambridge, the Harvard Divinity School bell in Andover Hall, and the bells of the Church of the New Jerusalem, First Church Congregational, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, First Baptist Church, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, University Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, and St. Anthony’s Church.Bells were already in use at Harvard in 1643 when “New England’s First Fruits,” published in London that year, set forth some College rules: “Every Schollar shall be present in his tutor’s chambers at the 7th houre in the morning, immediately after the sound of the bell … opening the Scripture and prayer.”Three of the 15 bells known to have been in use in Massachusetts before 1680 were hung within the precincts of the present College Yard, including the original College bell and the bell of the First Parish Church.Of the churches participating in the joyful ringing, one, the First Parish, has links with Harvard that date from its foundation. The College had use of the Church’s bell, Harvard’s first Commencement was held in the church’s meetinghouse, and one of the chief reasons for selecting Cambridge as the site of the College was the proximity of this church and its minister, the Rev. Thomas Shepard, a clergyman of “marked ability and piety.”Another church ringing its bells in celebration is Christ Church Cambridge. The oldest church in the area, it houses the “Harvard Chime,” the name given to the chime of bells cast for the church in anticipation of its 1861 centennial. Two fellow alumni and Richard Henry Dana Jr., author of “Two Years Before the Mast,” arranged for the chime’s creation. The 13 bells were first rung on Easter Sunday, 1860: each bell of the “Harvard Chime” bears in Latin a portion of the “Gloria in Excelsis.”Referring in 1893 to the “Harvard Chime,” Samuel Batchelder wrote, “From the outset the bells were considered as a common object of interest and enjoyment for the whole city, and their intimate connection with the University made it an expressed part of their purpose that they should be rung, not alone on church days but also on all festivals and special occasions of the college, a custom which has continued to the present time.” The old Russian bells of Lowell House, in place for 76 years, rang on an eastern scale; the newly cast bells give out a charming sound, as do the bells of the Cambridge churches joining in concert. A thoughtful student of bells wrote in 1939, “… church bells, whether they sound in a tinkling fashion the end of the first watch in the dead of night, announce the matins a few hours later, or intone the vespers or angelus, have a peculiar fascination. Chimes affect the heartstrings.”Local churches or institutions interested in participating in this happy tintinnabulation are invited and encouraged to do so. For further information please contact Cynthia Rossano in the Commencement Office at [email protected]last_img read more

F-M cross country runners finish sweep of league foes

first_imgThough it didn’t carry the same suspense and drama as their 2018 duels, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team’s meet against Liverpool carried the same stakes.Namely, whoever won this three-team battle at Baldwinsville would claim the SCAC Metro division regular-season title, and the state no. 1-ranked Hornets earned it, defeating the no. 5-ranked Warriors 20-41 while also sweeping the Bees 15-50.Though challenged by Liverpool’s Jenna Schulz, F-M’s Claire Walters still won in 17 minutes, 28 seconds on the Durgee Junior High School Course, 10 seconds ahead of Schulz’s 17:38. Christian Brothers Academy, who had climbed to no. 5 in last week’s boys state Class C rankings, swept both the boys and girls meet against the Phoenix Firebirds.Joel Gaffney, in a time of 19:13, led the boys Brothers as Riley Nash, Cooper Groat, Michael McMahon and Zach Medicis each finished in 19:14.Olivia Morganti won the girls race for CBA in 20:59, comfortably ahead of Isabella Cannizzo’s second-place 21:36, with Lea Kyle third in 22:49 as Annie Toole got fourth place in 23:55 and Mia Kirch (24:03) completed a top-five sweep.East Syracuse Minoa, who ran Sept. 21 in a meet on the eventual state championship course at Plattsburgh, got a sweep in last Wednesday’s boys meet against Oswego and Fulton, edging the Buccaneers 27-28 and topping the Red Raiders 22-39.Nick Berg, eighth out of 142 runners at Plattsburgh, won here in 17:19, more than a minute ahead of the 18:22 by Oswego’s Jason Purtell. Casey Engineri was fifth in 18:54 as Spencer Carnival got seventh place in 19:35 and Tommy Walters finished 10th in 20:24.The girls race had ESM lose to Oswego by that same 27-28 margin while it beat Fulton 20-35 to salvage the split. The Spartans’ Rachael Ladd gained third place among individuals in 22:14 as Mary Roach finished fifth in 22:34. Taylor Hoffman (23:51) beat out Elena Vespi (23:53) for ninth place.Jamesville-DeWitt swept Cortland 19-42 in last Wednesday’s SCAC Empire division boys meet, with Ahviere Reese leading the Red Rams by posting a time of 17:54 as Nate Rindfuss was close behind Reese, finishing in 18:22.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Phoebe White, in 18 minutes flat, was third, ahead of Grace Kaercher (18:28) and Hannah Kaercher (18:42) in the top five. Deborah Lucchetti gained seventh place in 19:31 as Adi Sydorowych was eighth in 19:50 and Amelia Amack ninth in 20:01.F-M’s state no. 1-ranked boys team handled Liverpool 19-41 and Baldwinsville 19-42, keyed by a top-three sweep as Geoff Howles and Peyton Geehrer both finished in 15:43 and Sam Otis was third in 15:57.Liverpool and B’ville runners claimed the next four spots before Jack Altimonda, in 16:58, beat out James Peden (17:01) for eighth place, with Daniel Patrick 10th in 17:25.center_img Tags: CBAcross countryESMF-MJ-Dlast_img read more