The discovery of an almost century old Bible brought a New York City Reverend to his knees, literally.

About two weeks ago, a deadly gas explosion leveled two apartment complexes and reduced a church to nothing but rubble.

While cleaning up the site last week, workers discovered an intact Bible that belonged to the 80 year old Spanish Christian Church.

Reverend Thomas Perez of the downtown church was so overwhelmed by the discovery, that he was rushed to hospital after suffering chest pains.  He was treated and quickly released.

The fire claimed the lives of five of the churches congregation.

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the blast.