sacring bell

sacring bell

n
(Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church a small bell rung at the elevation of the Host and chalice during Mass
References in classic literature ?
We shall hear the sacring bell, and the voices of the Romish priests saying the mass.
According to Targoff, it was actually Catholics, not protestants (or established-church English protestants), who were given more leeway to absorb themselves in devotional introspection and private prayer, when the priest, for example, was silently reciting the Secreta and going about his business, with back turned to the congregants, of the mass; only when the sacring bell rang out were worshippers called to leave their inner devotions behind and return their attention to the consecration and elevation of the host, and the realm of common devotion (22-23).
In the 1549 Prayer Book -- Thomas Cranmer's supreme contribution to Edwardine reform, particularly as regards the Eucharist -- the elevation of the Host at the sacring bell, the pax and holy bread were all removed from the official Church of England liturgy.