The Seventh-day Adventist Church located nearest ground zero for the “9-11” terrorist attack that brought down the World Trade Center and caused the deaths of nearly 3,000 people conducted “A Night of Remembrance” Tuesday evening. “Vocalists, a cellist and other gifted musicians and poets,” ten all together, participated in "an evening of peace … in memory of those who lost their lives,” said Pastor Tony Romeo. Two were actors who work regularly on Broadway.
Located in a historic building in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in lower Manhattan, the church is literally a few yards from streets that were filled with police, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel on that bright, September morning. It was the worst moment in recent American history and Adventist volunteers opened the church to provide respite and refreshments that day.
“Two candles were lit,” Romeo described the evening. “Songs were song and [there was] a prayer for peace.” The event was simple, quiet and dignified. Following the concert, there was food and the sharing of stories. The general public from the West Village area was invited and more than 125 people showed up. Catholics, Jews, Hindus, people of all faiths participated, including "many people with no faith," the pastor told Adventist Today. "Many suggested they want to join us for worship on Saturday morning ... some of whom said that they had lived in the village for 20 years and never set foot in our church and loved it."
The Manhattan Adventist Church is located at 232 West 11th Street, just one and a half blocks west of Seventh Avenue South. Romeo is a New York City native who worked on Madison Avenue in the advertising industry before becoming a pastor and church planter.
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