Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A piece of history was restored on Tuesday in Syracuse’s Near West Side.
St. Lucy’s Church on Gifford Street restored a two-ton brass bell that was town down 15 years ago during the Labor Day Storm.
“In the middle of the night, I was up in the rectory. I heard this terrible crash and I couldn’t believe it,” said Father Jim Mathews.
Heavy winds tore down the steeple and the church bell, but the historic church held onto the broken bell for 15 years. And now, it has a home outside the church.
The inside of the bell is inscribed with a phrase that means “resurrection” in Latin. Mathews says the phrase is symbolic of the church.
“When we found the bell, and dusted it off - it says 'resurrexi,' and that was just the whole spirit of the church and our renovation – new life, he has risen,” Mathews said.
St. Lucy’s Church plans on having an official dedication ceremony this weekend.