"I heard your bells, and am commanding the cannon to salute!"
Ever since word of where the marvellous sounds are emanating from has spread, islanders have been flocking to All-Merciful Savior Monastery, Vashon Island, WA (located in the Puget Sound near Seattle) to see its new bells.
One neighbor, hearing them for the first time on Pascha, even wrote out a check for one hundred dollars the day he first heard them, thanking the monks for their presence on the island and their service of witness to the community.
The bells can be heard for quite a distance, and many people have approached the monks at the post office, the grocery store, or other community crossroads, commenting on their beauty and clear tone.
One day, the monks even received a call by cellular phone from the Captain of the 18th century replica tall ship Lady Washington (showcased in the movie "Star Trek Generations") as she hoisted anchor and set sail. The Captain said he had heard the bells, and was commanding the ship's cannons to reply with the traditional salute.
Here's a photo essay featuring more pictures from the monastery.