REBUILDING OF SAINT NICHOLAS AT WTC TO COMMENCE WITH GROUND BLESSING OCT. 18
NEW YORK – A Ground Blessing ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center is set for Saturday October 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon. The ceremony will include a combined prayer service of blessing of the site (agiasmos), and a doxology (a service of thanksgiving).
Established in 1916, the small Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 when the South Tower fell and completely obliterated the old church edifice. The new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be rebuilt only a short distance away from its original location, at 130 Liberty Street and will be overlooking the 9/11 Memorial.
Archbishop Demetrios of America, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America stated:
“Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine, although destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 is now, with the grace of God, being resurrected at the new World Trade Center and it will soon rise like a glorious phoenix as a National Shrine and a place of pilgrimage for our Nation. It will be a place of faith, a place of peace and a place of solace and hope.”
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will preside at the historic event with the participation of the hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Expected to attend are officials from the City of New York, officials of the States of New York and New Jersey, chaplains and interfaith representatives, family members of victims of 9/11, representatives of Archdiocesan institutions and organizations and many faithful Orthodox Christians.
Faithful from around the country have been invited to attend the Ground Blessing marking the start of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas National Shrine, a Greek Orthodox church, a house of prayer and a place where people of all faiths will be able to visit while touring the 9/11 Memorial and the Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. The new church, designed by world renown architect Santiago Calatrava, will be a modern evolution of the Byzantine style church with a dome, and will fit in with the steel and glass structures of the surrounding area. The upper level of the church will include a non-denominational bereavement space, also open to all.
The Ground Blessing event is open to all faithful, however there is limited seating. Entrance is at the corner of Greenwich and Liberty Streets. Attendees are advised not to bring backpacks or bags. For those unable to attend, the service will be available on satellite and will also be live streamed on the Internet at www.stnicholasgroundzero.org and www.goarch.org
For more information visit www.stnicholasgroundzero.org============================
GALA 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR
ST. BASIL ACADEMY
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A very special day for our National Philoptochos:
the official opening of The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
On March 1, 2014, women from across America gathered in New York City to celebrate the opening of our new home: The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. Many of the women were here for their National Philoptochos Board meeting, but others who were present came from the various sister chapters in our Direct Archdiocesan District and beyond.
The day began with a glorious service at the Cathedral on 74th Street, officiated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. It was followed by a beautiful reception hosted by the Cathedral Philoptochos Women.
At l:30, members, guests and dignitaries gathered in front of our Philoptochos Center, located on East 37 Street, for the ribbon - cutting ceremonies, officiated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. We all were then ushered into the new home and had a close up view of the beautiful Donation Tree, adorned with hundreds of leaves. Each leaf is inscribed with the name of the donor chapter or individual who contributed towards the purchase of this center.
A blessing service was conducted by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. It was followed with brief remarks given by our National President, Apthrodite Skeadas, the two Co Chairmen: Kathy Gabrial and Maria Stavropoulos, and His Grace Bishop Savastianos. The program ended with refreshments.
The pictures below date back to the previous reception that was held prior to the formal opening of our Philoptochos Center.
Celebrating the opening of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy on November 1, 2013
It is located at 126 East 37th Street, New York City
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The mission of Philoptochos: "to aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church."
left to right:
Helen Misthos, Mary Floratos, Kathy Boulukos, Stella Panagakos
Rose Kouluris, Mary Demas, Athina Beaury, Marina Katsoulils
Irene Panagos, Demi Broutzas, Cathty Chrestatos, Bia George
Georgeanne Papadakos, Jennifer Constantin, Rebecca Boutiskoudis, Stella Capiris
Maria Skiadas, Past President, DAD, Marina Harrison, Presbytera Paula Strouzas