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Santiago Calatrava rebuilds St Nicholas Church on Ground Zero

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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

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.

Ground Blessing Service for The St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center

This service is based on the Service of Laying the Cornerstone for a Church. For Saint Nicholas National Shrine, cairns (a memorial collection of stones) were built up in imitation of the cairn at Gilgal that the Prophet Joshua fashioned to commemorate the crossing over of the Israelites into the Promised Land (Joshua, ch. 4). In this service, two cairns were constructed, in memory of the Twin Towers, and these cairns will eventually be installed permanently at the entrance to the church.
The Blessing Service was made up of hymns in honor of Saint Nicholas, Scripture readings, and prayers for the Blessing of Water, which were then be sprinkled on the site. Before the service commenced, water was drawn from the 9/11 Memorial fountains by family members of the victims who perished during the tragic event of 9/11. After they had filled their vessels for the sanctification of the water, Psalm 150 was chanted. A procession followed and the water was deposited into a special fount. After the water was sanctified and sprinkled by the Archbishop, the cairns were constructed by representatives of the entire community.

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.  

Rebuild St. Nicholas - Be the Bee Video

On September 11th, an Orthodox Church was destroyed under the collapsing Twin Towers. What can its rebuilding teach us about being the bee?

2010 Press Conference for the Rebuilding of St. Nicholas

Press Conference from Summer 2010 with George Demos, Republican Congressional candidate, and George Pataki, former New York Governor, to call on the Port Authority to reopen talks with officials from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

A Pastoral Message on the Anniversary of September 11, 2001 (English)

2002 - A Pastoral Message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on the Anniversary of September 11, 2001 (English)

Archdiocese Response to Terrorist Attacks

2002 - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.