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 Bells.Bell of Patrick’s Will (clog an eadhachta Phatraic) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bell, Book, and Candle.
 
A ceremony in the greater excommunication introduced into the Catholic Church in the eighth century. After reading the sentence a bell is rung, a book closed, and a candle extinguished. From that moment the excommunicated person is excluded from the sacraments and even divine worship.   1
        “Bell, book, and candle shall not drive not back.”—Shakespeare: King John, iii. 3.
   In spite of bell, book, and candle, i.e. in spite of all the opposition which the Christian hierarchy can offer. (See CURSING.)   2
 


 Bells.Bell of Patrick’s Will (clog an eadhachta Phatraic) 

 
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