Father Theophan blesses three new bells following Sunday’s Divine Liturgy at St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church at 1319 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
A large bronze bell and two smaller iron bells are waiting to be installed at St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church. Courtesy photo
St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church gathered in their parish hall after Divine Liturgy Sunday for the blessing of three bells with a prayer and holy water by Father Theophan. The bells came from Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church in Freeland, Penn.
“In the fall of 2016 as our new church building was being completed, I was discussing the construction of a tower with my friend Father Anthony Perkins. He said he knew of a parish in Freeland, which closed a few years ago that still had its bells,” Father Theophan said. “Through the work of Paula Holoviak and contractor Rick Laske and the generous contributions of our the parishioners here, the bells were uninstalled and shipped to Los Alamos.”
One of the bells is bronze, weighs 250 pounds and was cast in 1897. The two smaller bells are made of iron. Once installed, the bells will be a living memorial to the Orthodox parishioners of Freeland and announce the good news of Jesus Christ for many years to come, Father Theophan said.