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« on: December 06, 2006, 12:30:30 PM »

Greek Orthodox church lost in Sept. 11 attacks marks 90th year

The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 6, 2006

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was set to mark its 90th year Wednesday with its structure gone but its spirit intact.

The landmark church in Manhattan's financial district was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The congregation and city authorities are still cementing a plan to rebuild.

Members plan to mark the anniversary — and the day devoted to the church's namesake saint — by creating a "temporary church" at one of ground zero's gates.

Given the church's history, it also will be an occasion to remember the terrorist attacks. Some victims' relatives were expected at the service, and visitors were invited to view artifacts recovered from ground zero.

Built in 1916, the tiny church stood at the southern edge of what is now ground zero. It was traditionally a refuge for Greek sailors who believed that St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, would keep their ships from sinking.

St. Nicholas — commonly known as Santa Claus — was born in the third century to a wealthy family in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey. He became a bishop and lavished his inheritance on the needy, especially children.

The church has served generations of Greek-American families and some of the world's rich and famous, including shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and actor Telly Savalas.

The Orthodox community worldwide has pledged millions of dollars to rebuild the church, which New York Governor George Pataki promised would rise on or close to the same spot.

The congregation's 80 families have worshipped elsewhere while awaiting the rebuilding.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2006, 01:39:07 PM »

I've been curious about this.  What the heck is taking them so long to rebuild this church?  It doesn't sound like it is a financial issue.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2006, 02:36:05 PM »

I look for it (almost daily) and nothing.

It has nothing to do with finance and everything to do with the greed of all the parties involved in the rebuilding.

Everyone MUST be certain that the "little Greek Church" doesn't impede all of the other importan construction going on.  Roll Eyes

St. Nicholas should have been rebuilt long ago.  Something tells me if the Greek Orthodox lobby were a bit stronger in NYC, it would've been rebuilt.  We shall wait and see.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2006, 03:06:49 PM »

The reason for it not being built is because of delays in the building of the security center which the church will be built on top of. Construction can not start on the church until the security center's frame is complete because it is the foundation for the church. The whole World Trade Center project has just been a mess.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2006, 04:31:16 PM »

Yeah. From what Archbishop Demetrios has said, the plans for the new St. Nicholas are being drawn up in cooperation with the government as part of the bigger reconstruction project for the entire site. Thus, St. Nicholas will function as (a) a parish Church and (b) one of the main spaces for prayer/reflection for those who come to visit the memorials to the dead of Sept. 11.

I remember His Eminence saying that the parish will thereby provide the Church with a unique opportunity to minister to many, many people (perhaps millions) who would otherwise never know much of Orthodoxy.
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