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Nine years after its groundbreaking—and 21 years after its predecessor was destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks—the 12,000-sq-ft Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine opened in 2022 in Manhattan as a compact marvel of design and craft quality, topped by an intricate structural steel dome with a translucent marble exterior.


Photo Credit: Consulate General of Greece in New York

On Sunday, September 17, 2023 His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey celebrated his first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy following his Enthronement as the new Metropolitan of the sacred Metropolis of New Jersey at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Theologian in Tenafly, New Jersey.

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A rare Greek icon named Axion Esti from the all-male monastic community of Mount Athos was transported on Wednesday to Athens, where it will be exhibited for public veneration over the next two weeks.
The icon, which rarely leaves Mount Athos, was welcomed with honors accorded a head of state at the Athens Cathedral by Archbiship Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece, who had requested the action on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution in 1821. The event had been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Byzantine-era icon depicts the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus, and is covered in silver on all but the faces, and is an object of great veneration. The Axion Esti is considered the rarest object at the monastic community.
The Athens Cathedral will hold special liturgies on the occasion, including a morning service and an evening prayer. In addition, a more extensive liturgy led by prelates will be held on Sunday (May 7), Wednesday (May 10, mid-Pentecost), and Sunday (May 14).