Another belief, that the devil dies at the very moment the Saviour of the world is born, was widespread in the United Kingdom. To remind the faithful of the "Devil’s funeral", the church’s great bell tolled the death knell an hour before the Midnight Mass. As soon as the clock finished striking twelve, all the church bells began to ring out joyously to announce the birth of the Messiah.
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