2 Easter Bells Are Ringing With Joy

Easter Bells Are Ringing With Joy

Posted on April 12, 2015 by team


During the Bright Week everyone may go up to the belfry of St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow to listen to the melodies of the best Russian ringers, enjoy the panoramas opening from the height.

Bell ringing is an old Easter tradition just like a sacred procession, eggs painting, making Easter cakes and Easter greeting. Those who have mastered the art of bell ringing are allowed to try their skills on such a day at belfries of the country.

There are approximately 600 belfries in Old and New Moscow. Each has a unique set of bells, its own history and legends.

For example, at the belfry of Ivan the Great in the Moscow Kremlin is a Big Uspenskiy Bell whose mass is 66 tonnes!

The unique melodies are formed at this stage, the stage of casting the bell when they add bronze and tin to molten copper. Masters have their own secrets of proportions. If the content of tin is increased the sound will be duller, but the “skirt” of the bell will be more fragile, it may crack from a strong hit.

Admixtures and slag surface in the process of melting to be carefully removed for a better and purer sound. It takes the bell 2-3 days to cool down. The longer it cools down the better crystallization is as well as the quality of the sound.

Right now they are having the Ringing Week in Moscow to keep the old traditions. Ordinary people may come and evaluate the sounds of different bells.

According to scientists the bells emit an ultrasound that helps to destroy malignant bacteria. That’s why ringers rarely have flue, cold or a sore throat. Another reason of their good health is prolonged being in the fresh air.

The Tsar Bell is the main one in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, its mass is nearly 30 tonnes. The bell sounds only four times a year on big Orthodox holidays.

One may enjoy the beautiful views from the observation sites of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Playing the bell melody is harder than you think. A ringer should have a perfect coordination. He simulteneously performs many actions: his right hand pulls the strings of small bells, the left one hits the medium-sized bells, his foot applies the pedal to activate the biggest bell – the blessed messenger!

In the monastery of Saint Daniel they have a set of bells including a twelve-tonned “Big” Bell casted by the great master Xenophon Verevkin. In 1930 it miraculously avoided destruction.

The Big Bell was bought by an American businessman Charles Crane for a metal scrap price and sent it to the USA. It was hanging on the tower of the dormitory in Harward for 78 years. In 2009 Americans gave the bell back to Russians but its lifting to the belfry required of a special mechanism to be constructed.

The chiming clock for Menshikov tower was bought in London for an enormous sum of money. It was activated every hour and fifty bells beautifully performed a musical play. In 1723 a lightning hit the cross on the tower, the heavy bells fell from the height and destroyed the church interiors.

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2 Responses to “Easter Bells Are Ringing With Joy”

  1. Clint says:

    Hope you guy’s and your family’s have a safe easter.

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