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Cast Iron 'cross' Found in World Trade Center Rubble Gives Rescue Workers Hope
AP ^ | 10/04/01 | Shannon McCaffrey

Posted on 10/04/2001 5:48:35 PM PDT by kattracks

NEW YORK (AP) - A cast iron "cross" found in the rubble of the World Trade Center has been adopted by rescue workers as a symbol of faith and blessed with holy water by a Franciscan priest.

The 20-foot tall cross, consisting of two metal beams, fell intact from one of the twin towers into a nearby building.

Laborer Frank Silecchia, 47, found the cross standing almost upright two days after the towers toppled Sept. 11.

"Some people will say it's velocity or physics that put it there. To me it's an act of God," said Silecchia, who cried for 20 minutes after his discovery.

Since then rescue workers have made pilgrimages to pray or meditate near the cross. Some etch messages on it. "God Bless Our Fallen Brothers," reads one tribute.

On Wednesday, workers hoisted the cross atop a 40-foot high foundation, formerly a pedestrian walkway. Construction workers, firefighters and police officers stood quietly by as the Rev. Brian Jordan blessed it with holy water.

"Behold the glory of the cross at ground zero," Jordan said. "This is our symbol of hope, our symbol of faith, our symbol of healing."

The workers prayed and sang God Bless America together before returning to work.


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Father Brian Jordan, second from left, blesses, Thursday, Oct.4, 2001, a cross of steel beams found amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center by a laborer two days after the collapse of the twin towers. The cross was from World Trade tower One, and was found in World Trade building Six and moved to its present location Wednesday. Other rescue and construction workers join Jordan for the ceremony. (AP Photo/Pool,Kathy Willens)


1 posted on 10/04/2001 5:48:35 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
On Wednesday, workers hoisted the cross atop a 40-foot high foundation, formerly a pedestrian walkway.

That's good. If it's mobile, they ought to be able to save it from the wrecking ball.

2 posted on 10/04/2001 5:54:14 PM PDT by NovemberCharlie
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How appropriate that this be shown on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis. The fire department chaplin was a Fransican priest.
3 posted on 10/04/2001 5:57:27 PM PDT by PadreL
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To: kattracks
I would hope that this miraculous cross is somehow incorporated in whatever memorial is created.
4 posted on 10/04/2001 5:59:34 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: kattracks
Yep. When the windows of Heaven are poured out and hit the WTC, it will go from a burial ground to a resurrection reunion hall for the ex-victims. Oh yes, it may sound crazy, but folks, the ALMIGHTY has been holding back until "the fullness of time". Soon, resurrection parties will be more common than funerals. Wait, watch, and pray. And get ready to shout, laugh, and love in a way you never imagined. The "word made flesh" is getting ready to flood the earth.
5 posted on 10/04/2001 5:59:43 PM PDT by Russell Scott
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To: JulieRNR21
Start the petition.
6 posted on 10/04/2001 6:01:23 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: JulieRNR21
This answers one question I've had: What should go atop the TALLER replacement towers?
7 posted on 10/04/2001 6:03:40 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: kattracks
It's so beautiful! I'm sure it will become part of the new WTC area.

God continues to bless America!

GandtheD

8 posted on 10/04/2001 6:05:10 PM PDT by Elenya
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To: JulieRNR21
my thoughts exactly!!
9 posted on 10/04/2001 6:05:10 PM PDT by Betteboop
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To: kattracks
When they finally set up a memorial to the NYPD and NYFD who gave their lives here, I hope this cross is a central (THE central?) part of it.

This photo should be distributed widely throughout the world, so that the minions of "allah" can appreciate the omen . . . and be very afraid, "for the Lord of Hosts is with us."

Deus vult!

10 posted on 10/04/2001 6:06:13 PM PDT by Goetz_von_Berlichingen
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To: NativeNewYorker
"This answers one question I've had: What should go atop the TALLER replacement towers?"

A very good idea. One that I like very much...

11 posted on 10/04/2001 6:06:21 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: JulieRNR21
I would hope that this miraculous cross is somehow incorporated in whatever memorial is created.

Beware of the ACLU! If they get involved whatsoever I will fight them with everything I've got.

12 posted on 10/04/2001 6:06:52 PM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay
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To: kattracks
I wonder if the ACLU has the guts to attack this one!
13 posted on 10/04/2001 6:09:15 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay
Beware of the ACLU!

Have they come out in favor of recycling the cross?

14 posted on 10/04/2001 6:09:21 PM PDT by dbbeebs
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To: JulieRNR21
I would hope that this miraculous cross is somehow incorporated in whatever memorial is created.

Like I said earlier, If we want to assure they survive the wrecking ball, let's get together and BUY the crosses!!!

15 posted on 10/04/2001 6:18:20 PM PDT by Captainpaintball
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To: BunnySlippers
Did you know that Norman Siegel of the NY ACLU is running for consumer advocate. He came in second and will be having a runoff election October 11th. He has kept his evil mouth shut since the 11th. but look for him to speak up before much longer.
16 posted on 10/04/2001 6:27:24 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: PadreL
I agree, very appropriate. I assume that Fr. Brian Jordan is also a Franciscan, probably from St. Francis of Assisi on 31st St. With God, there are no accidents.
17 posted on 10/04/2001 6:34:56 PM PDT by livius
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To: StarFan, Faith, MissMarple, Billie,ST.LOUIE1, LadyInBlue,DJ88, Bryan, tame
FYI.......thought you'd want to see this....
18 posted on 10/04/2001 6:35:39 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: OldFriend
Oh, please, NORMAN SIEGEL? Tell me it ain't so...
19 posted on 10/04/2001 6:37:16 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Norman Siegel was in a dead heat with another candidate for second place. Then this morning I see he got second place and will be in a run off with Betsy Gotbaum. Pray for New York City.
20 posted on 10/04/2001 6:43:56 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: livius
I assume that Fr. Brian Jordan is also a Franciscan

From the article:

A cast iron "cross" found in the rubble of the World Trade Center has been adopted by rescue workers as a symbol of faith and blessed with holy water by a Franciscan priest.

21 posted on 10/04/2001 7:37:05 PM PDT by ELS
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To: JulieRNR21
..thought you'd want to see this....

It's wonderful. I saw it this afternoon and was amazed.

Surely a place will be found for it in the new construction.

Thanks, Julie

22 posted on 10/04/2001 7:46:13 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: kattracks
In the cross of Christ I glory,
Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time.

All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o'ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me;
Lo, it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.

By John Bowring, 1792-1872
Hymn 101 in Lutheran Worship

23 posted on 10/04/2001 9:20:08 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: livius; ELS
I assume that Fr. Brian Jordan is also a Franciscan

No, actually, he's an Atlantan. Although he used to be a Cardinal. :-)

24 posted on 10/04/2001 9:23:34 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: JulieRNR21
FYI.......thought you'd want to see this.. Thanks for the close up. I was thrilled it got such play on all the local stations here in NY, as it's truly a miracle.
25 posted on 10/05/2001 6:41:53 AM PDT by StarFan
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To: StarFan, ST.LOUIE1
I was channel surfing this morning and came upon Father Jordan and Frank Silecchia, who found the cross on the Early Show on CBS.

Silecchia said that he believed that the message of this cross is that faith will get us through this terrible attack and that good will triumph in the end.

26 posted on 10/05/2001 8:01:20 AM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: JulieRNR21
Silecchia said that he believed that the message of this cross is that faith will get us through this terrible attack and that good will triumph in the end.

I'm sure he's right.

Faith in God is #1

Faith in our fighting women and men is #2

#1 + #2=VICTORY!

Good morning to you, Julie.

27 posted on 10/05/2001 8:54:10 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Cute little purple guy! (Not you) The gif!
28 posted on 10/05/2001 6:57:58 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: kattracks
"Be still and know I am GOD...."
29 posted on 10/05/2001 7:00:36 PM PDT by c. l. coffman
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To: JulieRNR21
Cute little purple guy! (Not you) The gif!

Glad you know the difference. : )

Use him anytime you like.

30 posted on 10/05/2001 7:36:25 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: *Catholic_list
Adding some more articles to the Catholic list
31 posted on 10/17/2001 6:28:16 PM PDT by ELS
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