From FOX News:
Friday, 09 Dec 2011
FOXNEWS.COM - The tiny Greek orthodox parish of St. Nicholas is finally celebrating. The terror attack of September 11 destroyed the church that sat in the shadows of the Twin Towers.
For years, the church battled the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over ownership of the property where the church once stood and where the new one could be rebuilt. The parish even filed a lawsuit against the city.
But the legal battle is now resolved.
This week church members honored their patron saint's feast day on the grounds of what will be a resurrected house of worship.
"It's been a very long struggle," said John Couloucoundis, the parish president. "It's really been an act of faith, we've been doing it for ten years and we are ecstatic that we finally have an agreement."...
Much more here.
Located in what is today New York City’s financial district, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church traces its roots back to 1916, when it was founded by Greek immigrants. Serving the spiritual needs of the early immigrant community, the church also achieved prominence as a religious and cultural center for Greek shipping magnates passing through New York. Services began at the current site in 1922, though the building was constructed in the early nineteenth century. Measuring 22ft. wide, 56ft. long and 35ft. tall, the church was bound on three sides by a parking lot.
Good Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas, known in the West as Santa Claus, is the patron saint of sailors, bankers, and bakers. He is revered for feeding the hungry and clothing needy children. Born in 270 A.D. in what is now Turkey, his parents died at an early age and left him with considerable wealth which he began to give away. After becoming a priest, he was later promoted to Bishop of Myra and took part in the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. In 1087 his remains were transported by the Crusaders to their current home in Bari, Italy.
On September 11th, the entire weight of World Trade Center Tower 2 came down on St. Nicholas Church, completely destroying the building and its contents. Only a handful of damaged icons and religious items were found amongst the rubble.
Luckily, no one in the Church was hurt when the Towers collapsed. The caretaker and an electrician managed to escape only minutes before the tragedy.
Go read more on the Church here.
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