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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A National Shrine for the Ages

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Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The rebuilding and indeed the resurrection of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center is an event for the ages. The twenty years that have passed since the tragedy and horror of September 11, 2001, have held many challenges to the rebirth of Saint Nicholas The good news is that we have met every one. Faithful women and men from around the Nation and the world have come together with a singular purpose – to rebuild Saint Nicholas. The generosity of our community, and its many leading personages, has been truly remarkable. Yes, we have expended remarkable sums. But this Church is not like any other in the land. This Shrine is meant for the ages.

We are rebuilding Saint Nicholas, but not merely because it was destroyed. We have a vision, and we have a mission. Our vision is one that encompasses so much more than the community life of an individual parish. The National Shrine will welcome visitors by the hundreds of thousands from around the world – perhaps even millions. They will make it a part of their visitation at Ground Zero, to pay respect and to understand the story of 9/11. Here, where so many died, and where the place itself serves as a burial ground, Saint Nicholas will be the only religious edifice within the WTC site. At Saint Nicholas, manifest spiritual and religious commemorations are welcomed with open arms. We are serving a much wider population than our own, and it is our duty and privilege to do so.

But we will also be bearing witness, evangelizing with the Good News of Orthodox Christianity. The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine will become the most visited Orthodox Church in the Nation – perhaps the world, that is visited by non-Orthodox Christians. Saint Nicholas will be a living witness to the magnificence of Orthodox Christian, faith, worship, and the aesthetic tradition that encompasses art, music, and architecture. Just standing in Liberty Park, Saint Nicholas will be a living witness in stone and Pentelic Marble of the truth and abiding faith of our Church.

My brothers and sisters: We are closer now than when we first believed and hoped. Join us if you can and establish this House of the Lord, the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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With Paternal Blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ,


†ELPIDOPHOROS
Archbishop of America

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