Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero  Donations Request from Our Archdiocese

This is a special appeal to you and your family. As you know, Saint Nicholas Church which was destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11th is being rebuilt at “Ground Zero”. It is being built not simply as a parish church of our District and Archdiocese, but will stand as a Greek Orthodox National Shrine which will be visited by countless visitors from across the world to Ground Zero and who will want to offer a prayer in a sacred space.
The design was inspired by Hagia Sophia-the great Church of Christ. It will be our American Parthenon, the Parthenon of Orthodoxy, fashioned from the very same Pentelic marble as the temple on the Acropolis. It will rise from the ashes of 9/11 like a phoenix and testify to the indomitable spirit of this nation.
Standing just steps away from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where so many of our parents, grandparents and ancestors began their new life in America, Saint Nicholas will be a perpetual Sacred Shrine to the dream that brought our forefathers to the land of freedom and opportunity. The Shrine will be the only religious presence in the 16-acre site of Ground Zero and the new World Trade Center; truly an inspired and miraculous opportunity for witness. Never before has there been such a Church in such a public space. It is estimated that in the next few years, millions of people will see this National Shrine of our Church. It will be a living embodiment of our Greek Orthodox Christian Faith.
Let us come together as a Church family, let us join thousands of other families across this country and be a part of this exciting and historic understanding. Let us make evident to the world the pride we feel in our Greek Orthodox Faith. Let us demonstrate our abiding love and commitment to the Church. Let us help rebuild the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero.
How can we at the Cathedral of St. Paul help? We are currently accepting your donations to support the rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Shrine. This will not be in the form of a passing of a tray but rather a collection table being set up at Fellowship Hour. If you are unable to attend Church on Sunday you can also send your donation into the Cathedral Office. All checks should be made payable to “Saint Nicholas Shrine”. We will then submit all donations on behalf of the Cathedral of St. Paul to the Archdiocese. Thank you for your support and generosity on this most worthy project.

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