The Beautiful Iconography of St. Nicholas at WTC Progresses

September 6, 2022

NEW YORK – Father Loucas, renowned iconographer from Mount Athos, is back up on the scaffolding at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center working to complete its iconography.

Looking like Jesus Christ lifted him up there, his extraordinary tribute is etched in marble eternally on the north side of the Shrine, outside the Nave on the side of the main entrance. This work, which was done by hand and took all summer, was completed this week.

Visitors will also see an eloquent tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 – “To all those who gave their last full measure – Eternal memory.” There are also excerpts from Orthodox Christian scripture and Hellenic history.

The beautiful passage from the Gospel of John is quoted: “Greater love has no one than this, to sacrifice your life for your friends.” John 15:13.

The engraving also contains a quote from the great funeral oration of the ancient Greek statesman Pericles: “For they gave their lives for the common weal, and in so doing won for themselves the praise that grows not old and the most distinguished of all sepulchers – not that in which they lie buried, but that in which their glory survives in everlasting remembrance.”


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