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Raising the Bells
December 2002

Prayer Service to bless the work and workers..

The work of placing the new bells into the bell tower began with a prayer service to bless the work and the workers involved. Below Father Andrew blessed each worker individually with Holy Water.

Father Blesses the workers with Holy Water.

Beams were secured to the bells to help distribute the weight when carrying them. The largest bell weighs 350 pounds and the second largest weighs 250 pounds. Due to this excessive weight, they had to be handled with care to prevent injury.

Beam attached to bell to aid in transport.

The bells were brought up thru the choir loft to get to the bell tower.

Bell taken up to the bell tower.

Bell secured to pulley system..

Once in the bell tower, the bells had to be brought up two flights thru small openings in the floors. A pulley system was used. Here we see the bell being secured to the pulley and below we see the bell going up to the next level.

Bell being hauled up to the next level..

Here we see the bell in position for raising it to the final level at the top of the bell tower.

Bell prepared to raise to final level..

The final step involved wenching the bells up to the beams where they were secured using U bolts.

Bell prepared to raise to final level..

Bells in final position

Above and below we see the bells in their final positions. A system of pulleys and ropes will he attached to the clappers and hung down through the floors so that they can be rung at services.

Bells in final position

Readers who wish more information about the history, ringing and purchase of bells can reach the Blagovest Russian Bell Site thru this link."
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