Photo credit: © Joe McNally
Accession Number: C.2015.293.4
Dimensions: 109 in X 44 in X 0.08 in
Dimensions (Metric): 276.86 cm X 111.76 cm X 0.2032 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joe McNally through the generous support of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Courtesy, Ellen Prince, Inc. © Joe McNally.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America
Life-sized Polaroid photograph taken by Joe McNally depicting Archbishop Demetrios wearing all-black vestments and holding a crosier.
The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was located at 155 Cedar Street, near the southwest corner of the World Trade Center site. The church was the only building that was not part of the original World Trade Center complex to be destroyed completely by the collapse of the Twin Towers.
As Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios directed Greek Orthodox churches throughout the country to open for all who wished to pray and encouraged those whose health permitted to donate blood for the injured. Archbishop Demetrios visited Ground Zero on September 22, 2001 and spoke with workers searching the wreckage and clearing debris from the site where the church had stood.
Archbishop Demetrios made time that fall to accept McNally’s portrait invitation. In the personalized caption accompanying the picture in Faces of Ground Zero, he proclaims, “In the terrorist attacks we have seen the abyss: the ugliness and the darkness of evil. In what followed, we have seen the immensity, the beauty and brilliance of good.”