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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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A set of tuned bells to make musical sounds. The term is also applied to the melody played and to a handbell used liturgically. The chimes of St. Peter's in Rome are endowed and rung in accordance with a complicated ceremonial program. The harmonious beauty of some chimes has made them world famous.