[quote="PaulfromIowa, post:2, topic:448554"]
....Many believe that they are no longer necessary.
Not saying you feel they are not necessary, but why do people do that? If you have something use it for The Lord! Don't let it sit there and rot like some museum piece. Like not using the fine china when you have special guests, or cooking a wonderful meal for everyone when you have the ingredients. Jesus turned water into great tasting wine that surprised the heck out of everyone at that wedding. It was Judas that thought the repentant prostitutes pouring of precious oil onto Jesus was wasteful.
I miss the bells too. If it were me ringing them, I'd ring 'em LOUD! ... and with joy. And I don't like the computerized non-bell bells... like fake flickering electric candles. I understand the convenience, but its just fake. Its not real. The symbolism is lost. .. Not to mention the lost art of making bells. We have lost a lot of good arts and crafts skills due to modern technology. No one to hand those skills down to anymore and no one can make a living learning and practicing the craft. (And yes, I'm sure there are still a few that make bells, but few of anything does not guarantee, or weakens the possibility its continuation)
Perhaps the problem these days is more of a possible public noise problem- Like how where I live people are complaining about the calls to prayer emanating from a mosque. I would assume that has more to do with it than anything- people complain. IN the days when they were used all the time, everyone was Catholic in the area, or just about. So I'm sure no one was to complain. It just was how things were and people accepted it.