Through the generosity of a number of friends, our monastery is blessed with six cast bells from Russia. (Information about Blagovest Bells, the importers who also helped make this possible, is at the bottom of the page) The calling of the bells throughout the day reminds us of our primary duty to worship God and pray for all mankind.
Our largest, "Christ the Savior" bell, with the icon of Christ the Savior and "Holy, Holy, Holy" written in English, Greek and Slavonic.
Our good friends from Carpenter Brothers Construction in Binghamton, New York built and donated the structure to house the bells.
Deacon John Suchernick from Brick, New Jersey, came to give us our first lesson in bell ringing.
Blagovest Bells, 508 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, California 94960, tel. (415) 256-2512, fax (415)256-9268, is the importer in this country working with the Pyatkov Russian Foundry, re-creating the casting technology lost during the years of the Bolshevik revolution and Communist government.
John Burnett, executive manager of Blagovest Bells writes us: "One of the reasons why we decided to dba as Blagovest Bells is that we no longer represent Pyatkov & Co alone, and consequently we're trying to achieve name recognition for ourselves. We now also obtain bells from ODMK, which did the bells for Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, and Litex, which makes bells that are somewhat more expensive but are almost like Faberge eggs in terms of visual beauty. Pyatkov remains our main supplier, but our tagline is now 'Blagovest Bells-- from Russia's premiere foundries'."