The Bell of Saint Mary’s is the first bell hung in a Catholic Church in New York. It rings once a day at noon and on Pentecost for as many years as we have assembled as a community (get ready for a long wait). It is a call to prayer and to spread good will to the community. The angel referred to in the prayer is Gabriel who revealed to Mary that she would conceive a child to be born the son of God (Luke 1:26-38)

The Bell is suppressed during Lent until the Gloria on the Easter Vigil. Like not eating meat on Fridays in Lent, this is a religious nod to silence and contemplation of the mysteries of the passion of Christ.

Come Ring the Bell

Members and guests of the community are invited to ring the bell in a spirit of prayer and thanksgiving. Please call or stop by the rectory to secure a reservation. There is no fee for this.
St. Mary’s 28 Attorney Street, NYC 10002 (212) 674-3266

Artist rendering by Father Andrew circa 1996


V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with Thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death. Amen
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, etc.
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, etc.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.