Three new bells intended for the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina will be blessed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on Thursday.
A press release from the Diocese of Charleston said that the blessing is a “meaningful event in the life of a church,” especially so for a cathedral.
“Church bells add the physical dimension of sound to the life of a Christian,” the diocese explained. They mark happy and sad occasions with the reminder to the Faithful that Christ is with them.”
The bells are named in honor of saints who have a special significance for the Diocese of Charleston: Mary, Star of the Sea, St. Finbar and St. Therese.
The bells will be blessed and crowned with flowers on the lawn of the cathedral immediately after the 12:05 Mass.
Construction will soon begin on the bell tower of the cathedral.
The Diocese of Charleston was founded in 1820 and encompasses the state of South Carolina.