The voice of the bells
Once upon a time… a beautiful sunny day in 1927.
4 wagons pulled by 4 pairs of oxen arrived in Ilci: the bells arrived! (They
had been unloaded from a freight train arrived in Ponte Rio station,
coming from the Marche region)
Their ringing announced important times of the day: "Buongiorno" at dawn,
"Buon appetito" at midday and "Buonasera" at sunset.
…weddings and funerals and all the "remembering" feasts
They communicated joy and pain with deep intensity
A particular sound was to announce "L'acqua ria" (Bad water), that is a
bad storm with thunder and lightning and maybe even hail: it was a
warning for farmers working in the fields who had to find a shelter.
"A FULGURE ET TEMPESTATE LIBERA NOS, DOMINE" was a latin prayer invoked
during the rogation ceremony.
There was also the festive night of "VENUTA" when the Virgin Mary,
walking on the Milky Way, he went to his home in Loreto and the bells
accompanied him, playing for over an hour, from midnight onwards.
CBig bell, bell and little bell: The intertwining of the various sounds
marked the life of the Community. Their language was decipherable
anywhere and by anyone!
The "Campanaro" with his family (usually numerous) lent his commitment
freely, but he had the right to "Questua", that could have in return
some grain, oil, wine, grapes or tomatoes: it was the " barter "or" the
exchange economy "maybe not useless to remember now, in a period, ours,
of" merry finance "..
Arrival and blessing of the bells
kilometers away, "Santa Maria Maddalena" a spot where there was since
1206. a leper hospital governed by a governor elected every six months.
This place still hosts today a chapel dedicated to the Madonna, and,
until a few decades ago, evert year on July 21st a "fair" was held, it
was a place of meetings and exchanges for adults and children.On this
occasion, even today, the private chapel opens to the public for the
celebration of a holy mass.