NEW YORK – The Wall Street Journal is also caught up in the excitement over the new St. Nicholas and its Ground Blessing on Saturday October 18 at noon.
In an article titled “A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined,” Ralph Garner writes “It took two hours of talking with architect Santiago Calatrava ——before I realized how appropriate the placement is of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial.”
After Calatrava spoke about his other Ground Zero project, the PATH rail station that evokes a huge bird spreading its wings, he said of the Church “I like when a building tells you a story,” although the WSJ noted that the “narrative of the Church of St. Nicholas is circumscribed by a thousand years of tradition.”
The church, “made of white Vermont marble and with spaces that filter light inside during the day and make the structure glow at night will be open 24 hours. “This is what I want; this is what the church wants: a very ecumenical place,” Calatrava said.
The ceremony will include a combined prayer service of blessing of the site and a doxology and will be streamed live on the Internet at www.stnicholaswtc.org and www.goarch.org and is open to all faithful, however there is limited seating.
The entrance is at the corner of Greenwich and Liberty Streets. Attendees should not bring backpacks or bags and they should wear shoes appropriate for an active building site – avoid high heels. The area will open 11 AM.
Expected to attend are officials from New York City and the States of New York and New Jersey, interfaith representatives and family members of victims of 9/11.
The new church, designed renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, will be a modern evocation of a Byzantine church with a dome and will be the new home of the parish establish in 1916 whose beloved
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