Yesterday morning, for ten minutes before the Mass for the First Sunday of Advent, I played the bells in our shuttered church's bell tower.
The bells are played using a small console in the front of the church.
And here is yours truly playing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. There are a few notes that just would not ring. The video is obviously from inside the church; outside the bells are much louder and stronger.
Here are a few shots of the interior, which I snapped yesterday. Notice that the historic Roosevelt pipe organ is shrouded in plastic.
The architectural details are stunning.
It will be very sad to see this historic building demolished in the next few months. But the parish has proven itself to be much more than a building. Still, there is sadness here.
As the bells rang throughout the neighborhoods on Chicago's near South Side, I hope that people understood that they were being rung as a sign of hope for the future in this Advent Season filled with promise.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.