Greek Orthodox whose church was destroyed on 9-11 mark Epiphany

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Members of a tiny Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks returned Sunday to lower Manhattan to mark Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ.

The congregants from St. Nicholas Church met by the Hudson River to keep a tradition of watching divers jump into the river to retrieve a golden cross.

The Rev. John Romas also asked for a moment of silence for the nearly 2,800 victims of the terrorist strike.

''May God rest their souls,'' he said in Greek.

The church, a former tavern the size of a three-story rowhouse, stood less than a block from the World Trade Center and was buried in steel girders and concrete when the buildings collapsed. Those inside escaped injury.

The congregation has raised more than $2 million to rebuild the church.

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