In this issue...
Byzantine bells you can own!
We've recently acquired a set of 14 ancient bells which date from
the 6th-7th century or earlier in the Balkans. We're offering them
to you at a price that says "buy!" and these are the only
ones we're likely ever to see.
We fully guarantee their authenticity. This is a rare opportunity
for all you lovers of Byzantium and what a great way to
inspire and reward a big donation to your church's bell fund!
Last-minute Christmas shopping? We know it's late, but we'll
do our best to help, if you gotta have 'em by the 25th but
do act fast!
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Now that our editor (um, that's me!) has returned from a
mission with the Orthodox Church of Uganda, it's time for
a new issue of the Blagovestnik. Lots of interesting things
have happened since our last newsletter last Pascha!
Be sure not to miss the real Byzantine bells that you
can own (see left). Also, be sure to download the latest installment
of the official Typikon for Church Bell Ringing
this update includes the rubrics for Christmas (find it at
the Quick Link below).
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Will Harvard's Lowell House bells return to Russia?
After years of clicking a link on a website to hear the bells
of their monastery one of only 5 complete sets of pre-Revolutionary
bells remaining in existence, and currently owned by Harvard
University a delegation of monks from Moscow's Danilov
Monastery got to ring them in person, for the first time in
more than 70 years this month.
'Most sonorous' bell of all Russia is recast (35 tons)
Vera LLC, one of our suppliers, has cast a 35 metric (38.5 US)
ton bell to replace the festal blagovestnik of St Sabbas Storozhevsky
Monastery in Zvennigorod, for 350 years considered to be the
most sonorous in all of Russia. When the foundry was preparing
to cast the bell, two crosses of cloud appeared in the blue
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"One stroke and I was a believer" San Anselmo installs
new 3000-lb blagovestnik
As it says in the gospels, "Some doubted." And they stayed skeptical,
if not downright opposed, right up until the very end. All it
took, though, was to hear the tongue set 3000 pounds of bronze
ringing for the first time...
Anti-noise advocate sues San Francisco church over 'bells'
The 'bells' of a San Francisco church ring too loud and too
often for someone who lives half a block away. Not really bells,
but loudspeakers, their sound is "as loud as your alarm clock
every 15 minutes" on Sunday, complained Mr. Alan Coe, who filed
suit in SF's Small Claims Court. The judge dismissed the suit,
but it raises interesting questions about bell ringing in the
city. Get the whole story (not just what the papers told you)
and our comments, with which Mr. Coe has told us he in fact