Chiming of bells and solemn Mass to celebrate Montreal's 375th

MONTREAL, May 16, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - On the morning of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Montreal's churches will highlight the anniversary of Ville-Marie's founding with a strong and vibrant gesture. The symbolic sounding of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal's first bell will mark the beginning of a soaring peal of bells. From the top of Mount Royal and over the entire city, the churches of the Archdiocese of Montreal will ring their bells in unison, inviting Montrealers to share in a moment of reflection and joy.

The chiming of the bells is also a symbolic summoning to the celebration, as it will join, in music, the bells of the Notre-Dame Basilica, just a few minutes before the solemn Mass commemorating Ville-Marie's founding, on this same day, 375 years ago. The celebration will be presided by the Archbishop of Montreal, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard and the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre. The Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Archbishop of Quebec, Gérald Cardinal Lacroix, the Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Cardinal Collins, and approximately thirty bishops will also participate in the solemn Mass. Around four hundred priests, deacons, and members of religious communities as well as many special guests are expected to attend.


8:45 (exactly)

At Saint Joseph's Oratory (Crypt Church level, right next to the
carillon): symbolic sounding of the Oratory's first bell (1904) and,
simultaneously, the beginning of the chiming of bells over Montreal.   

8:45 to 8:55

The bells will continue to ring across Montreal.


At the Oratory, the carillon will take over from the first bell, with
a mini-recital composed of musical pieces dear to Montrealers.


The bells will stop ringing.  


Beginning of the solemn Mass at Notre-Dame Basilica.


SOURCE Archdiocese of Montreal

For further information: Lucie Martineau, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Montreal, 514 925-4304,; Danielle Decelles, Communications Department, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, 514 264-1764,


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