died on the real Roman cross so we won't have to die for our sins.
Therefore, Bloomberg has no power over the prayer in our hearts, at Ground Zero
nor anywhere else on earth. Before the family visitors who believe in the power
of prayer enter the memorial service, they should look to the World Trade Center
Cross and breathe their own prayer.
and Priests can facilitate prayer but any born-again believer can have instant
contact with Jesus Christ at any time and from any place, through the power of
the Holy Spirit.
Bloomberg can never forbid this kind of prayer.
The World Trade Center cross, also known as the Ground Zero cross, is a group
of steel beams found amidst the debris of the World Trade Center following the
September 11, 2001 attacks which resembles the proportions of a Christian cross.
World Trade Center was built using prefabricated parts which were bolted or welded
together at the site. This process dramatically reduced construction time and
costs. Using this process, t-beams and other types of cross beams were created
and used in each of the World Trade Center buildings.
When One World Trade Center collapsed, it sent debris down on to 6 World Trade
Center, and gutted the interior of World Trade Center 6. In the midst the WTC6
debris was this intact cross beam, which its discoverer believes came from One
World Trade Center.
Following the attacks, a massive operation was launched to clear the site and
attempt to find any survivors amongst the rubble. On September 13 a worker at
the site named Frank Silecchia discovered a 20 feet (6.1 m) cross of two steel
beams amongst the debris of 6 World Trade Center.
Those with access to the site used the cross as a shrine of sorts, leaving messages
on it or praying before it.
After a few weeks within the cleanup site the cross was an impediment to nearby
work, so Silecchia and others working on the project received an expedited approval
from the office of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
to erect it on a pedestal on a portion of the former plaza on Church Street
near Liberty. It was moved by crane on October 3 and installed on October 4, where
it continued as a shrine and tourist attraction.
The cross has remained during reconstruction, but in the 2004 and 2005 filings
of its site plan, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey indicated that
"additional remnants" of the original World Trade Center might require removal
and storage during construction of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
saw the crossed metal as a Christian cross and felt its survival was symbolic.
Fr. Brian Jordan OFM, a Roman Catholic Franciscan priest, spoke over it and declared
it to be a "symbol of hope... [a] symbol of faith... [a] symbol of healing". One
minister at the site says that when a family of a man who died in the attacks
came to the cross shrine and left personal effects there, "It was as if the cross
took in the grief and loss. I never felt Jesus more."
A replica has been installed at the gravesite of Father Mychal Judge, a New York
Fire Department chaplain who was killed in the collapse of WTC 1 on September
11. Other surviving crossbeams were salvaged from the rubble; one was given to
a Far Rockaway, New York chapter of the Knights of Columbus in 2004. Another replica
cross was fashioned by ironworkers from Trade Center steel and installed at Graymoor,
the Upper West Side headquarters of the Society of the Atonement, a religious
order of Franciscan friars.
The nearby St. Paul's Chapel, which survived the destruction and was a refuge
for survivors and site laborers, sells various replicas of the cross including
lapel pins and rosaries. The cross even inspired laborers on "The Pile" to get
The potential use of the cross in the World Trade Center Memorial has been controversial.
Many groups such as families of certain Christian victims want the cross to be
included, while other organizations, notably American Atheists and the Coalition
for Jewish Concerns, disagree. [My guess is that Muslims disagree, also.]
Fr. Jordan has been trying to preserve the cross since April 2006. St. Peter's
Church, which faces the World Trade Center site, was proposed as a temporary spot
for relocation during construction of the new PATH station and office tower at
the site. The cross was eventually moved to St. Peter's on October 5, 2006 and
sat on the Church Street side of the building, between Barclay and Vesey Streets
bearing a plaque which reads
"The Cross at Ground Zero - Founded September 13,
2001; Blessed October 4, 2001; Temporarily Relocated October 15, 2006. Will return
to WTC Museum, a sign of comfort for all."
On July 23, 2011, the cross was blessed by Rev. Brian Jordan during a short ceremony
before being loaded on a flatbed truck and moved back to Ground Zero and lowered
into the National September 11th Memorial and Museum due to being a large scale
artifact before filling in the rest of the museum displays.