From a priest:
I’m looking for the reference, which I once read, about the option of ringing a bell as a signal for receiving Holy Communion during the Mass. In the past, I’ve always instruted the altarboys to ring the bell once when the priest starts consuming the Precious Blood.
Is this correct?
God bless you and all your good work. I hope you had a holy and merry Christmas.
And Merry Christmas to you, reverend and dear Father.
You can also check this entry HERE.
I believe custom governs a lot of these bell choices. Most of the time a bell will ring during Low Mass when the priest stretches his hands over the bread and wine before the consecration, and again at the genuflections and elevations. Some ring at the uncovering of the chalice. Some ring at the Sanctus (which is why the bells are called “Sanctus Bells”.). Some ring when the priest has consumed the Precious Blood. It is not necessary to have a bell during a Solemn Mass.
You are probably thinking of the ring when the priest consumes the Precious Blood as a signal to people in the congregation to start coming forward. That works. I have seen it done and it is fairly effective.
No bells on Holy Thursday after the Gloria is intoned, however!
I am going to ask the readers to chime in on this.
If there are specific rubrics for this, nothing … rings a bell.