That it may drive away every power, craft and slander of invisible enemies from all His own faithful people who shall have heard the voice of its ringing, and arouse them to the observance of His commandments, let us pray to the Lord… (Service of the Blessing of Bells)
Christ is risen!
Basking in the ongoing joy of Pascha, St. Innocent of Irkutsk parish in Redford celebrated this weekend the installation of new flooring for their temple (after 37 years) and the blessing of five new bells.
These bells, ranging in size from 11lbs to 55lbs, were cast at the famous Vera Foundry in Voronezh, Russia and bear the icons of St. Nicholas of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker; St. Mitrophan, Bishop of Voronezh; St. Panteleimon, the Healer; the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God; and Christ the Savior, Not-Made-With-Hands. The purchase of these bells was facilitated by Blagovest Bells in San Rafael, CA.
All of these gifts come from God and, without doubt, have been prompted by the presence of prayers of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, the Wonderworker, whose relics are enshrined at the parish.
The clergy and parishioners of St. Innocent have been extraordinarily blessed and ask the prayers of all the faithful as, together, we seek to mature in Christ, who is our Light and our Life.
Truly He is risen!