The inhabitants of Prague will hear the bells in the same way they used to be heard before the year 1916, when they were first requisitioned. They will be inaugurated around the noon of 12th May at the culmination of the solemn mass to mark the 450th anniversary of the restoration of Prague Archbishopric.
The bells may be ringing somewhere else
Just like thousands of other bells from other Czech churches, the bells were requisitoned in the time of World War I. Some of them were melted and used to make cannons and ammunition, others disappeared, as they were used to make blue vitriol to spray over vineyards. Some bells have never been destroyed. There is still hope that some of the bells from St. Vitus’ Cathedral still exist somewhere in Europe. After all, hundreds of other Czech bells requisitioned during World War II could return to the Czech Republic.
Archbishop Dominik Duka is the patron of one of the bells – Dominic. “According to its name, the bell was used for Sunday masses, the name is just a coincidence,” said Cardinal Dominik Duka. He also pointed out the purpose of bells in people’s lives. “They serve them throughout their whole life, from their birth to their death, they warn them, assemble them, announce both joyful and sad moments,” said the cardinal. Thanks to the donors, the number of the bells has been put back to the magic number of seven, i.e. the same number of bells that had been heard in Prague since the 16th century.
First bells, then organ
Thanks to donors, the 1.6 million CZK needed for the bells was collected in a short time. Before blessing the bells, Cardinal Dominik Duka expressed his hope that also the organs will soon resound through the cathedral.