The new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, set to be rebuilt at the World Trade Center, will be a national shrine and will include a nondenominational bereavement center. “Next to the place where the most tragic thing that has ever happened on American soil,” says Father Evagoras Constantinides of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, “it needs to be a place to offer, to welcome, to open, and to accept all sorts of people.” More
As the Greek Orthodox enthroned a new archbishop, we looked at the practice of praying with icons. Whether singing or speaking their prayers, whether at home or in church, Orthodox Christians from all ethnic backgrounds use icons in their prayers. We talked to Frederica Mathewes-Green, a convert to Orthodoxy and author of several books about the faith.