TRIDUUM NOTE: Do you have a crotalus? How about two crotali?

Posted March 7, 2017 3:51 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

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