On Nicholas Gage’s Inspiring Words

To the Editor:

I commend my good friend Nicholas Gage for his inspiring article Saving St. Nicholas Shrine Church (TNH Feb. 8.)

We are all encouraged, optimistic, and have confidence in the new leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidiphoros. It is true that the Greek Orthodox faithful were never given any consideration or included as an integral part of rebuilding the St. Nicholas Shrine. We always relied on the very rich Greek Americans for help and there is nothing wrong with that. But it reminds of some very wise words from then-Archbishop Athenagoras who went on to become Patriarch. He once said (translated), “If the Church needs one thousand dollars, I do not want one donor to give me one thousand dollars. I want one thousand faithful people to give one dollar each.”

That’s where the glory and the strength of our church is.

Since one dollar today does not go very far, I propose that every Greek-American contributes ten dollars towards the St. Nicholas Shrine Project, and on behalf of my family of eleven, I will start this drive with $110.

Menelaos G. Tzelios

Whitestone, NY

6 Comments

  1. Yes! Ditto here –
    Mr. Gage’s piece was most eloquent + inspiring as was beloved Vicar General Alex on why St. Nicholas must get rebuilt.
    Truly, it is spiritual destiny a tiny church destroyed will be transfigured to a monument.
    I’ll contribute same $110!

    Let’s do it people, go online:
    St. Nicholas Shrine Building Fund
    or
    send check to :
    Archdiocese 8 East 79th St NY NY 10021

  2. Yes! Ditto here –
    Mr. Gage’s piece was most eloquent + inspiring as was beloved Vicar General Alex on why St. Nicholas must get rebuilt.
    Truly, it is spiritual destiny a tiny church destroyed will be transfigured to a monument.
    I’ll contribute same $110!

    Let’s do it people, go online:
    St. Nicholas Shrine Building Fund
    or
    send check to :
    Archdiocese 8 East 79th St NY NY 10021

  3. I’m in ! ST Nicholas at ground zero needs to finally finish. God will judge those who did wrong on this project. Let’s move on.

    1. Thanks Niko!
      Look forward to seeing everyone there next year at unveiling of St Nicholas Ecclesia 🌁- say, who’s going to be the priest there?

      P.S.
      how in the world did my personal Email show up above on duplicate post ?!
      No problem – I welcome email msgs who root for our cause

  4. It should be an amazing day Sage-girl, lets hope we are all healthy and can be there. It’ll be televised and talked about all over the major networks i’m sure. Positive results for our community will come from St. Nicholas.

    1. 🗾so True!
      + all the hostile naysayers attacking the Archdiocese + the sacrificial lamb, our dear Vicar Gen. Alexander — they should apologize via the networks + give Thanks also to the countless generous people who gave millions of dollars to monument.

      they are indeed AXIOS!!🗾

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