Grandfather Clocks

This past weekend at GCC, Jason Miller was speaking about distractions when he used his Mom and Dad’s Grandfather clock as an illustration for something that used to drive him crazy growing up.  My Dad is a professional clock guy, so his story made me laugh. 

Imagine your Dad being a Grandfather Clock repair man, and how many clocks a Grandfather Clock repair man would have around his house.    One time my brother Joel and I counted the clocks around our house and stopped at around 30 or so.  Grandfather clocks are the sound of home to me.  My dad wrote this fun fact on his blog awhile back:                           

Me and Dad 001

My business is repairing or setting up grandfather clocks.
I tune the chimes,listen carefully for bad notes and making the corrections as needed.
All grandfather clocks play Westminster chimes,some play 3 chimes.
The are reasons for all the chimes,some are religious,some are from church bells and some are taken from children's nursery rimes.
ter chimes are the most popular,made famous by Big Ben in London.
However the chimes were first set into the tower at University Church, St. Mary's the Great, in Cambridge, England.
The actual words are:

"Lord, through this hour,
Be Thou our guide
So,by thy power
No foot shall slide"

The music was Handels symphony,"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth'.The words and music were arranged by William Crotch in 1793.
Even for the non religious people who have clocks in their homes,they are hearing a prayer every quarter hour.
I like that and find it fun to explain it to people.

So, next time a you hear a chiming clock or church bell, take it as a call to prayer.

By the way Dad, my clock is broken…help?


4 thoughts on “Grandfather Clocks

  1. Papa says:

    Ha! Call for an appointment!

  2. I’m hoping for a free appointment for the free advertising.

  3. Chelle says:

    When the bell chimes, i’ll pray you both can work it out! 😉

  4. Having a grand father clock at home is really amazing. It does not only add good looks to your place but it gives you a clearer view of the time

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