Reuben Pace

Francisco Balbi di Corregio's Diary - 8th September

I do not believe that this music ever sounded so sweet to human ears as the peal of our bells did to ours on the eigth of September – the day of the Nativity of Our Lady. For the last three months they had only been struck to give the alarm signal but now the Grand Master ordered them to be rung at the hour when the reveille was usually sounded. During the morning they rang for the pontifical high mass at San Lorenzo which was celebrated with great solemnity in thanksgiving to Our Lord God and to His Holy Mother, for the mercy they had shown us.


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