FW: [orthodox-synod] Article in Moscow Times: Bells Ring In Spiritual Rebirth
- In addition to Fr. Alexander's timely post, perhaps one could read about some of the other activities the MP is involved in at the present time.
In Christ, Olga Ackerly
From: Fr. Alexander Lebedeff [mailto:lebedeff@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 8:17 AM
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Subject: [orthodox-synod] Article in Moscow Times: Bells Ring In
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2002.
Bells Ring in Spiritual Rebirth
By Andrei Zolotov
SERGIYEV POSAD, Moscow Region -- After prayers were chanted and speeches
said, thousands of eyes looked up Wednesday afternoon to the glittering
cupolas of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Monastery.
A mammoth Krupp crane began slowly lifting Pervenets, the first of three
giant bells that will replace those destroyed by Bolsheviks 72 years ago.
"This is good," a young monk muttered after snapping a picture. "How will
Many superlatives were used Wednesday to describe the historical importance
of the day when two bells -- the 27-ton Pervenets, or Firstborn, and the
35.5-ton Blagovestnik, or Evangelist -- were hoisted up 25 meters to the
monastery's bell tower. The bells, the largest cast in Russia in 200 years,
were completed at the ZiL plant earlier this year.
Both church officials and engineers said the biggest challenge still lies
ahead. The third bell, Tsar, weighing an impressive 64 tons, is to be cast
and raised next year if sponsors can be found to cover its nearly $3
million price tag.
"In this we see historical justice," Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II
said. "We are recreating what was barbarically destroyed. May their chimes
call us all to prayer, to feats [podvigi] and to faith in Christ."
State Duma Deputy Alexander Gurov gave a passionate speech dotted with
popular slang that sent ripples of laughter through the crowd. "The voices
of the bells have to remind us that we are the descendants of Sergius of
Radonezh, Dmitry Donskoi and Alexander Nevsky," he said, referring to the
Russian patriotic saints. "The task of the bells is to unify our people so
we can get out of the sh*t that we have found ourselves in."
. . . .
Full article with photos at:
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff
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