TRIDUUM NOTE: Do you have a crotalus? How about two crotali?
Let’s think ahead to the Triduum. Traditionally, after the Gloria of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the church’s bells are silenced and a wooden noise maker is used instead. The harsh sound is striking. The technical name for the ecclesiastical noise maker is: crotalus – the rattle of a snake.
In some places a wooden gizmo with little hammers or clappers are used. In Italian they are called a “tric troc”. Other versions are handles with ratchets that you twirl around. Italians call those “raganella”.
Check with your parish priest to find out if they have a clacker or whizzer