Hudson -- The new copper finial was blessed and sent heavenward to the top of the church spire.
The Rev. Peter Wiley asked members of the First Congregational Church, 47 Aurora St., to gather around the new copper finial, a round bulb and stalk topped with a star, as he prayed.
Members and spectators watched and took photographs of the work that began Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.
A crane lifted the copper finial high into the air where a lone worker pulled a rope to line up the metal rod, which he had to insert into the copper spire. Inside, other workers secured the rod. The steeple, spire and finial are 20 feet atop the church building, which has had more than 1,200 bricks replaced during renovations last year and this year, Wiley said.
The church steeple was removed 20 years ago, Wiley said. It had bullet holes in it and leaked.
The new steeple replicates the original from 1865 with a star on top of the finial, he said.
The brick work began last summer in which mortar was removed, damaged brick replaced and new mortar added.
It will be another month before the brick work is done and the scaffolding can be removed, Wiley said.
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