More than 2,000 people gathered yesterday Oct. 18, 2014 at 130 Liberty Street, the new site for Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, for the historic event of the Blessing of the Ground and the symbolic “laying of the corner stone.”
The small and humble church of Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The new Greek Orthodox Saint Nicholas National Shrine Church, designed by world-renowned Architect Santiago Calatrava, is expected to begin construction this year and to be completed within 24 months.
In the South military district over 300 conscript soldiers from the military formations and units stationed in the Volgograd region, have received Holy Baptism in the river Karpovka, reports Interfax-Religion.
“The Sacrament of Baptism was performed by chaplains of the military units of the Volgograd garrison during the summer training period at the “Trudboi” firing range,” reports the district’s press service.
On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, the feast of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, His All-Holiness visited the former Byzantine Church dedicated to the memory of these saints. The current building’s construction is traced back to the Roman Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. In 1497, it was converted to a mosque and currently bears the name of Küçük Ayasofya Camii, that is, Little Haghia Sophia.
The celebrations dedicated to the anniversary of repose of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh took place at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Howell, New Jersey). The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Archpriest Sergy Lukyanov, rector of the cathedral and secretary of the Diocese of Eastern America and New York (ROCOR).
On September 30, 2014, the first stone was laid in the foundation of an Orthodox of All Saints in a solemn ceremony in Strasburg. The ceremony was led by Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s office for institutions abroad.
The event was attended by the Russian Orthodox clergy serving abroad, representatives of the Council of Europe, diplomats and religious and public leaders in Strasbourg and other cities in France and Germany. Among those who came for the ceremony was Russia’s ambassador to the Council of Europe A. Orlov. Present at the ceremony were also Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU A. Alekseyev and General Consul in Strasbourg A. Burdin. In total, over 300 people gathered together for the laying of the foundations of the first Orthodox church to be built in Strasbourg.
On Saturday, October 4, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York (the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) consecrated the new Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in New York (Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay).
It can be said that for today this is one of the largest Orthodox churches in New York City and is inferior only to the St. Nicholas Cathedral on Manhattan (belonging to the Moscow Patriarchate) in respect of capacity and adornments. Most likely, only the Church of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on 18th Avenue (the first of four Orthodox churches now active in this NY borough) can rival the newly consecrated church.