January 18-25 has been a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for many decades. On Tuesday, January 25, an ecumenical prayer service was held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, near the World Trade Center in New York, organized by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with the participation of religious leaders of the area and public. His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, was accompanied by Archdeacon Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education at the Prelacy.
Archbishop Elpidophoros welcomed the presents and expressed his wish that the power of prayer helps us overcome the spiritual war being waged against humankind in general and Christianity in particular. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York, was the keynote speaker of the day. In his trademark enthusiastic style, he called upon the audience to be in communion through Faith, Hope, and Love as the basis for the unity of all faithful.
Archbishop Anoushavan participated in the ceremony with various prayers and invited the representatives of different churches to give testimony about the power of unity. After the ceremony, the Prelate expressed his gratitude to Archbishop Elpidophoros and wished that such events become more frequent to strengthen the unity and cooperation of different churches. Archbishop Elpidophoros highly appreciated Archbishop Anoushavan’s willfulness and promised to reinforce ecumenical relations, particularly with the Eastern Prelacy.
It is noteworthy that the historical St. Nicholas Church, founded in 1916, which became the only religious center destroyed by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, was rebuilt last year.