His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, together with His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, were among the numerous representatives of America’s major religious traditions invited to participate in the “Prayer for America” service held at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 23, 2001.
Relatives and friends of America’s terrorist victims joined religious and political leaders, including New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and a host of celebrities in paying their tearful respects to those who perished or were injured in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Many people wore badges with photographs of missing loved ones or displayed handbills bearing pictures of those who have yet to be heard from.
The service was broadcast nationally by four major television networks.
Among the speakers were Roman Catholic Edward Cardinal Egan of New York and Protestant, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh clerics. Archbishop Demetrios delivered an invocation on behalf of America’s Orthodox Christians.
Accompanying Metropolitan Theodosius were the Very Revs. David Brum, Secretary to the Metropolitan, and Basil Summer, former Director of the Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards.