As an expression of the support and concern of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America visited yesterday afternoon the Serbian Orthodox church of Saint Sava in downtown Manhattan, which was destroyed by a catastrophic fire on the evening of Easter Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Archbishop Demetrios, moved by the view of the total destruction, stated: “We stand in front of the historic Saint Sava Cathedral of the Serbian Orthodox Church in New York that sustained an unprecedented destruction by fire. It’s a pity really because it was a church with a long history and such structures cannot be easily rebuilt. We are here with the dean of this Cathedral and other priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is clear that they are willing and determined to rebuild the church, which was destroyed, so that this congregation that has been worshiping God in this church for many decades, will have their Cathedral again. We, as Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, stand by them and will make available to them any of our neighboring churches to use for their liturgical needs, while they face this emergency situation.”
The Dean of the St. Sava Cathedral, the V. Reverend Fr. Djokan Majstovic, who was on location to receive the Archbishop, said: “I was so blessed today to have His Eminence visiting with all of you. It means so much to me and to my community and I am going to pass the message through. His Eminence was always very supportive of us, very kind and very helpful. So thank you very much.”
Accompanying the Archbishop were the V. Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, director of Inter-Orthodox & Ecumenical Relations, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos and Deacon Eleftherios Constantinides.