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New York: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Destroyed in September 11th Attacks, Reopens (pics)

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NEW YORK, NY— St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine was consecrated on Monday, July 4, in New York City. The original church, founded in 1916 on nearby Cedar Street in lower Manhattan, was destroyed in the aftermath of the attacks on 11th September.

“The rebuilding of Saint Nicholas as a Shrine for the Nation is also an act of restoration,” said Archbishop Elpidophoros, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, in an encyclical released on Sunday.

The Greek orthodox church destroyed in the September 11th terror attacks more than two decades ago has reopened.

More than fifteen hundred people attended the consecration ceremony Monday at saint Nicholas Greek orthodox church in lower Manhattan.

Church leaders said they picked July 4th for the consecration so the shrine will be tied to the birth of America forever.

The ceremony included the sealing of Saint Nicholas relics in the altar table.

The bishop anointed the walls, doors, and icons of the church.

Saint Nicholas church will be open to the public later this summer.

Regular prayer services will take place starting in the fall.

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Photo credits: Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Facebook page