A Thought About the Shrine…

A Thought About the Shrine…


In the middle of the City’s plaza, the Tree of Life overhangs either side of the river, bringing forth twelve different fruits, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the Tree are for the healing of the Nations.  Revelation 22:2


Icon of the Tree of Life

The Book of Revelation’s vision of a New Jerusalem is as well a prophetic call for the mission of our new Saint Nicholas National Shrine. There will be no “City’s plaza” like the plaza of the World Trade Center, where the Saint Nicholas Shrine will, like the “Tree of Life,” overshadow the “river” (in this case the Hudson), in order to bring forth apostolic fruits for all people. Our National Shrine will truly be a place whose “leaves are for the healing of the Nations,” because as the mission of Saint Nicholas grows in scope, it will embrace more and more people in the love and care of our Holy Mother Church. Let us work to nourish and nurture this planting of the Lord, and ‘perfect that which His right hand has planted’(Psalm 80:15).


Father Alexander Karloutsos


Once rebuilt, Saint Nicholas, like the Parthenon that graces the Acropolis, has the potential to inspire millions for generations to come. The parish will continue to function as a parish of the Archdiocese and it will also be a National Shrine on hallowed ground. It will shine as a spiritual beacon of hope and rebirth to cherish the memory of those who were lost that fateful day and to build a better future for generations yet to be born. To learn more visit stnicholaswtc.org

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