No St. Nicholas Services at Ground Zero

NEW YORK – The National Herald has been informed by officials of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Church of St. Nicholas at Ground Zero that unlike recent years there will not be memorial or St. Nicholas feast day services at the site of the new church on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas on December 6.

It was noted that Archbishop Demetrios will not have returned to New York from abroad in time for the traditional afternoon gathering of parishioners, friends of the parish, and parents and love ones of the Orthodox Christians and others who perished on 9/11.

The Archbishop is participating in the Second Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Turkey on the theme “Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey”
that is being held in Berlin, Germany.


  1. Wasn’t their one priest willing to go and perform the service at ground zero? Especially since we were granted permission to rebuild. I think it was a mistake not to have services there this year on the feast of St. Nicholas.

  2. Well said! To cancel ANY church service, particularly one of such historical magnitude (because of the particular parish and its history) because a specific member of the clergy, even if it is the GOA’s leader, is absurd.

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