St. Nicholas Feast Day Marked at Ground Zero, Parishioners Excited about Rebuilding
Constantine S. Sirigos
NEW YORK – The annual commemoration of the feast day of St. Nicholas and Trisagion memorial service for the 3000 who perished on September 11, 2001 at Ground Zero was held on December 6 near the site where the Church of St. Nicholas will be rebuilt. Archbishop Demetrios of America presided, assisted by St. Nicholas pastor Fr. John Romas, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, Deacon Aristidis Garinis and other local Orthodox clergy. The small but enthusiastic group of parishioners and faithful participated in the services, chanting the apolitikion -hymn - of the beloved saint and “Eternal be their Memory,” for the 3000 souls, including more than 50 Greek-Americans whose lives came to an end there and are permanently commemorated just steps away at the magnificent national 9/11 memorial.
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