Los Osos Members of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
Orthodox Christian Mission of Los Osos will ring in the celebration
of Christ's birth with three new bronze bells from Russia before
the 6:30 p.m. Vespers service today and the 10 a.m. Sunday morning
Russian bells are cast for a specific tone. The process of casting
bells in Russia has remained the same for centuries: a clay core
is baked to the size of the bell to be cast; the core is coated
with wzx, holes are drilled around trhe edge and the molten metal
is poured between the outer core and the inner waxen cope. The clapper
is then attached to the inside of the bell by a leather strap.
The bells are decorated with icons and inscribed in Cyrillic with
the angelic prayer, "Holy, Holy, Holy."
Each Orthodox service begins with a rhythmically unique sounding
of the bells. The peal of the bells progresses with each service.
Frank Freiler, a Los Osos craftsman, built a wooden structure with
wheels to house the bells until they will be permanently placed
in the courtyard of the Descent of the Holy Spirit Mission's new
chapel to be built in the near future.
The bronze bells will be on display all week at the Branch House
Boutique and Thrift Store, next to the chapel, Tuesday through Saturday,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Christian Mission is located
at 2085 106h St. in Los Osos.