On Friday, Nov. 4, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessed 10 bells that will be part of the carillon at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh.
Crafted by The Verdin Company, the bells were transported by truck from the company’s facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the construction site.
“Today is a joyous and happy day for all of us as we gather for the blessing of bells for our cathedral. [This is] a celebration which invites us to praise God’s Holy Name,” Bishop Burbidge said as he opened his prayer. “Whenever we hear the ringing of the bells, we will remember that we are one family coming together to show our unity in Christ.”
The cast bronze bells are 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin. Five bells are inscribed with scripture passages selected by Joe and Debbie Gordon, benefactors of the entire carillon of bells.
“The whole thing is just an honor,” Mrs. Gordon said. “These bells will chime, and it will be a constant reminder that with us always is the presence of the Holy Spirit and the healing presence of God.”
Five additional bells are inscribed with the names and mottos of the bishops of the Diocese of Raleigh.
The inscriptions are:
“Emitte Spiritum Tuum” (Send forth thy spirit) - Most Reverend William J. Hafey, First Bishop of Raleigh
“Omnia Omnibus” (All things to all men, from 1 Corinthians 9:22) - Most Reverend Eugene J. McGuinness, Second Bishop of Raleigh
“Omnia Per Mariam” (All through Mary) - Most Reverend Vincent S. Waters, Third Bishop of Raleigh
“To serve, not be served” - Most Reverend F. Joseph Gossman, Fourth Bishop of Raleigh
“Walk humbly with God” - Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Fifth Bishop of Raleigh
“These bells will remind the whole community through the day and the evening of the presence of God in our midst,” Bishop Burbidge said.
The carillon, a musical instrument consisting of bells and housed in a bell tower, will be installed in 2017. The bell tower will hold a total of 50 bells.
Note: The December issue of NC Catholics magazine will feature the bells and their benefactors.