Consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine
On the evening of Sunday, July 3, 2022, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, joined His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, for the Consecration Vespers of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, at the World Trade Center.
The original St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was founded in 1916, and stood in exactly the same location, 155 Cedar Street, witnessing the decades of growth and transformation around the financial centers of Wall Street and Battery Park. This small church was an ever-present spiritual jewel, open to all. Unfortunately, this beacon of faith was completely destroyed in the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 2 during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Since July 2010, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has tirelessly labored to resurrect this church like a phoenix from the ashes, to be a testament of peace and refuge for all people. In October 2014, the Northeast American Diocese, joined the Greek Archdiocese and other friends of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, at the prayerful laying of the cornerstone.
Celebrating this historic occasion of the long-awaited Consecration of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of the Northeast American Diocese, participated in the sacred services. His Eminence Metropolitan Geron Emmanuel of Chalcedon, presided over the sacred services which filled all of New York City, with the praises of God. Metropolitan Nicholovos offered greetings to both His Eminence, Metropolitan Emmanuel, and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, on behalf of His Holiness Catholicos Mathews III, and the clergy and faithful of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros shared his great joy in having the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church participate in the sacred services. His Eminence reminded our Diocesan Metropolitan, that this sacred church remains open and available to the children of Saint Thomas, for prayer, and worship. Accompanying the Diocesan Metropolitan, were Rev. Fr. Thomas Paul, Diocesan Chancellor, and Rev. Fr. Abey George, Principal Secretary to the Metropolitan.
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, prays this resurrected Temple, inspired by the ancient Hagia Sophia, will truly be a beacon of Faith, Hope, and Love for all world.
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