From the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: On October 18th, we celebrated a Ground Blessing Service at Ground Zero. Here's a helpful video highlighting and explaining the service.
Santiago Calatrava rebuilds St Nicholas Church on Ground Zero
This video and story are available from the BBC website at: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30691875
Abstract: St Nicholas Church will be the only non-secular building on Ground Zero. Many believe it will become one of the most visited churches in the United States. The Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, who designed St Nicholas Church at the World Trade Center, explains his inspiration to the BBC.
St Nicholas Ground Blessing Explained
Ground Blessing Service for The St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center
A Time to Rebuild: Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center
On September 11, 2001, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was crushed under the falling Twin Towers. Now, the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are called to rebuild that which was once there, so that it may continue to be a beacon of light and hope in lower Manhattan. It will be a house of worship for the Greek Orthodox community, and a place of prayer and solace for all people.
The Reconstruction of St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center
View the future Saint Nicholas National Shrine in this high definition virtual tour of the facility. The design is by world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.
Archbishop Demetrios' Invitation to the Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas National Shrine
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America extends an invitation to all of the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to join him along with the Holy Eparchial Synod in New York on October 18 to bless the hallowed and sacred ground upon which St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center will be built.