The Tintinnabulum, like the Umbrellino, indicates that
this building has a special
relationship with the Holy Father. Originally it
signaled the beginning of a procession in
the Holy Father was entering the Basilica. Like the
Umbrellino the Tintinnabulum
be permanently displayed in the Sanctuary and on
occasion will be carried in
procession in the Basilica.
There are two bells on each side of the center
piece made of sterling silver. In the center
representation of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady standing
on a pedestal.
At the top of the shaft
there are four enamel shields:
Shield of Pope Benedict XVI;
Shield of Archbishop Mansell;
Shield of the Archdiocese of Hartford;
The Shield of our Basilica.
circle around the Blessed Mother
is gold plated and at the base on either side are
The design is by Baker Liturgical Art Co. and
executed by Stadelmaier & Co.