Toward the end of each evening, the bells strike the De Profundis. The De Profundis is a slow, solemn and measured toll of the bourdon bell [our heaviest bell that produces the lowest tone] that marks the end of the day at 9 p.m. The name comes from the first two Latin words of Psalm 130, meaning “out of the depths.” This prayer is offered for our departed loved ones who have gone home to God. Upon hearing the sound of the bell, we are invited to pray Psalm 130 or offer an Our Father and Hail Mary for the faithful departed.
From the depths I have cried out to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If You, Lord, were to mark iniquities, who, O Lord, shall stand? But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered. I trust in the Lord; My soul trusts in His word. My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen wait for the dawn. More than watchmen wait for the dawn, let Israel hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all His iniquities.