OCA Offers Prayers after Fire of Serbian Cathedral

OCA Offers Prayers after Fire of Serbian Cathedral

28 views
0

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Bright Monday, May 2, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a letter to His Grace, Serbian Orthodox Bishop Mitrophan, offering prayers and concern in the wake of a four-alarm fire that engulfed Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral near West 25th Street and Broadway in New York City.

According to media reports, the blaze started at 6:50 p.m. on Pascha—May 1. Heavy flames burst through the roof and shot out of the large rose window on the façade of the cathedral, which was designated as a New York City landmark in 1968. Originally known as Trinity Chapel, the Gothic Revival edifice was designed in 1850 by noted architect Richard M. Upjohn. The Serbian Orthodox Church purchased the church from the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1943.

Over 700 parishioners had celebrated Pascha earlier in the day and had enjoyed a luncheon, but the cathedral was empty when the fire started. The cathedral’s caretaker attempted to rush inside when he noticed the fire, but was turned back by the flames, fire officials said. He suffered from minor smoke inhalation. Media reports indicate that five others, including four firefighters, had been injured, none seriously.

The cathedral’s Rev. Djokan Majstorovic told The Associated Press that he felt like he was “in a nightmare” as he tried to get to the fire scene that was blocked off by firefighters.

“With great sadness we learned of the tragic fire at the historic and beloved Saint Sava’s Cathedral in New York City,” Metropolitan Tikhon wrote to Bishop Mitrophan. “Please accept my personal expression of sadness and grief over this tremendous loss to the Serbian Orthodox community and to all the Orthodox in New York City.

“In this time of tragedy, I open my arms to Your Grace and your community to offer whatever assistance we can provide,” Metropolitan Tikhon continued. “With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, the Orthodox Church in America’s Holy Protection Cathedral in New York City and its priest, Archimandrite Christopher Calin, are prepared to host your community and provide fully for a temporary home for Your Grace and the faithful of Saint Sava’s.

“I pray that Your Grace and the community of Saint Sava’s will find a measure of relief in our Lord’s Pascha, and I pray that our Lord’s Resurrection will give you the strength to lead your community through this difficult moment,” Metropolitan Tikhon concluded.

 

From the St. Savas website:

Thank you for your overwhelming response and support! Please beware of any unofficial and fraudulent online donation seeking campaigns.  All donations should be made through either Paypal or checks payable to Saint Sava Cathedral.  Paypal link is on their website.

If you prefer to mail a donation, you can mail a check payable to “St Sava Cathedral” to:

Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava
20 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

Serbian Orthodox Church and School Community of Saint Sava Cathedral is a registered 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #13-2685013).  Donations are fully tax deductible in the United States.

 

ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK

The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United Stated of America, originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective media witness for Orthodox Christianity throughout North America. In a constantly changing media landscape, OCN delivers positive, relevant Orthodox content via multiple delivery platforms, reaching today’s internet users via broadcast, video, blogging, and webinar content.

This 501(c)3 is recognized as a leader in the Orthodox Media field and has sustained consistent growth over twenty years. OCN shares the timeless faith of Orthodoxy with the contemporary world through modern media. We are on a mission to inspire Orthodox Christians Worldwide. We have reached 5.7 Million People in One Week. Much like public radio, the Orthodox Christian Network relies on the support of our listeners, readers, and fans. If you are interested in supporting our work, you can send your gift by direct mail, over the phone, or on our website. Your gift will ensure that OCN may continue to offer free, high-quality, theological media.

NEW OCN MOBILE ORTHODOX APPS ARE HERE!

Spark OCN app is an Orthodox Christian News portal that allows you to take action. Spark provides daily devotions, live Bible study, and you can read and learn about events going on in the Orthodox Christian world, especially those concerning persecuted Christians. In addition to making it easy to share news and articles with friends, Spark allows you make prayer requests for those who are suffering.

Orthodox Prayer Book is the ultimate prayer assistant for Orthodox Christians. Not only does it allow you to carry your prayers around, it was designed from the ground-up for the iPhone to allow you to pray in the least distracting manner possible. Carry all the prayers, information about daily saints and fasting schedules with you throughout your day. Keep a list of people you want to pray for and have them automatically embedded into the prayers.

Click here to download the Spark OCN and Orthodox Prayer Book.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. OCN is on Social Media! Follow us on Twitter,Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest