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Since 1953, parishioners have heard the bells of Saint Clement’s Church invite them to celebrate Holy Mass. Father Francis Burns, an Irish Redemptorist priest, insisted to have the thirteen bells installed to replicate the carillons from his native Belfast. Ordered from Gillett & Johnston, a England-based company famous for their top-notch clocks and bells, the chimes are inscribed with Gaelic (old Irish language) phrases. Near Christmas season, traditional holiday melodies like “Silent Night,” “Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Joy to the World” replace the usual rings to enliven “Simbang Gabi” (a nine-day novena of early morning masses) goers. While many churches blare electronically-produced sounds, the music from Saint Clement’s Church are octave notes generated by manually striking the different sized bells. Jose Mari Chan, a Filipino singer known for his yuletide albums, drew inspiration from Saint Clement’s Church’s bells for some of his songs such as “Christmas Past.”
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