Bell schedule for the Salzburg Cathedral bells

Overview of bells

 Nr.   Name  Weight  Diameter.   Tone   Cast 
 1  Barbara  715 kg  103 cm  as  1961
 2  Leonhard   1.025 kg  118 cm  ges  1961
 3  Virgil  1.648 kg  136 cm  es  1628
 4  Joseph  2.518 kg  155 cm  des  1961
 5  Mary  4.008 kg  183 cm  B  1628
 6  Rupert  8.273 kg  233 cm  GES  1961
 7  Salvator  14.256 kg   280 cm  ES  1961


The Angelus ring

Daily at 7:00 a.m. and 12 noon, alternate evenings depending on the season:

 January - March  18:00 p.m. 
 April  19:00 p.m.
 May - August  20:00 p.m.
 September  19:00 p.m.
 October - December    18:00 p.m.

The corresponding day’s bell rings to the Angelus with three strikes:

 Workdays  4   Joseph
 Sundays  5  Mary
 Holidays  6  Rupert 
 Feast days  7  Salvator

The holidays include:

St Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Day, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Annunciation, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Trinity Sunday, Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Sacred Heart, the Consecration of the Cathedral, Feast of Christ the King

The feast days include:
Immaculate Conception, Christmas Day, Epiphany, Maundy Thursday, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Ascension, Whit Sunday, Corpus Christi, Assumption, Rupert and Vergilius, All Saints’ Day
After the ringing to the evening Angelus, bell 1 rings daily to call to prayer for the poor souls. On Thursday evenings, bell 5 then rings in commemoration of Jesus’ mortal agony on the Mount of Olives.
Fridays at 3:00 p.m., the hour of Christ’s death on the cross, bell 6 rings.


Rings to Church Service

In the Salzburg archdiocese, it is customary to hear the ‘Viertelläuten’ (quarter ringing), which means that a larger bell rings alone for 15 minutes before church service begins and the ‘Zusammenläuten’ (joint ringing), which means several bells ring together, just before Holy Mass begins. The following schedule is followed at the cathedral:

Tag Holy Mass  Viertel  Zusammen  HW  Auszug
 Workdays  Holy Mass  3  1,2,3  3  ---
 Sunday Parochial Mass  4  1,2,3,4  4  ---
 Sunday  High Mass  5  1,2,3,4,5  5  (1,2,3,4,5)
 Holidays  Parochial Mass  5  1,2,3,4,5  5  ---
 Holidays  Pontifical Mass  6  1,2,3,4,5,6  6  1,2,3,4,5,6
 Feast days     Parochial Mass  6  1,2,3,4,5,6  6  ---
 Feast days  Pontifical Mass  7  1,2,3,4,5,6,7     7  1,2,3,4,5,6,7

A bell is rung for the transubstantiation during anaphora while the offerings are consecrated as the body and soul of Christ.

Bells are only rung for recess at the end of special festive services.


Other Rings

Sunday and public holiday bell ringing
On the eve of Sundays and public holidays, bells 1-5 or bells 1-6 ring in the next day at 3:00 p.m., similar to the ringing to Holy Mass.

Before feast days the bells are rung ceremoniously:
First all the bells (1-7) are rung, then each bell rings alone beginning with the smallest, and finally all bells (7-1) ring again. If the first vespers is celebrated in the cathedral on the eve of a feast day, the bells are rung 15 minutes before vespers begins (usually only on Christmas Eve and on the eve of Ascension and Corpus Christi), otherwise at 3:00 p.m.

Ringing in of the new church year
Following mass on the eve of the 1st Advent Sunday, all church bells in the Salzburg archdiocese ring in the new church year at 6:00 p.m.

Ringing in the New Year
The two largest cathedral bells ring in the New Year.

Special ringing
e.g.: All cathedral bells ring after a papal election and the Habemus Papam.

Announcing a death
The Salvator bell is rung upon receiving the news that a pope or a Salzburg archbishop has passed away (except during the night).

Similarly, the Rupert bell is rung following the death of a Salzburg Cathedral capitular.

Barbara bell
Leonhard bell
Virgil bell
Joseph bell
Mary bell