Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 5, Greek Shrine
Title: Groundbreaking Ceremonies
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 Material Information
Title: Groundbreaking Ceremonies
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 5, Greek Shrine
Physical Description: Interpretive outline
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
41 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Saint Photios Greek Shrine (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Avero House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 41 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896485 x -81.313233
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00090509
Volume ID: VID00108
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L5

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GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES


for the
ST. PHOTOS SHRINE
in
St. Augustine, Florida
on


October 9, 1978 at 10:00 a. m.



Ecclesiastical procession on St. George Street to
Avero House, site of the St. Photios Shrine



Groundbreaking Service:
Prayers, hymns, readings from the Epistles and
the Holy Gospel, sacred petitions and responses.
The Service will be led by His Grace Bishop John
of Thermon, Greek Orthodox Bishop of the
Southern States, assisted by Florida Greek Orthodox
Clergy.



Breaking of the ground and placement of the Cross



Greetings and introductions:


James Angleton


Dr. George Croffead


National Chairman,
St. Photios Shrine Committee
National Co-C chairman,
St. Photios Shrine Committee


The Hon. Edward Mussallem Mayor of St. Augustine


Dr. Michael Gannon


Chairman, St. Augustine
Preservation Board


Casa De Hidalgo


Reception


















Avero House


THE SAINT PHOTOS SHRINE
in
St. Augustine, Florida








WHAT IS THE ST. PHOTOS SHRINE?

The St. Photios Shrine will be the first national Shrine of the
Greek Orthodox Church in America and will perpetuate the memory of
the first colony of Greeks to arrive in the New World in the year 1768.
Located in America's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, the Shrine will
consist of two structures: 1) An original building known as "Avero House"
in which this first colony of Greeks met and worshipped, 2) A Greek
Orthodox chapel representing the religious faith of these early settlers.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SHRINE?

The purpose of'the Shrine is to honor the memory of this
first colony of Greeks to arrive in the New World. It will serve as a
reminder of the sacrifices made by those early settlers who came to these
shores seeking liberty and an opportunity to live their lives according to
the Will of God. It thus exemplifies the struggles that America endured to
gain her hard-won independence of 1776, and symbolizes for our youth an
imperishable link with the. spirit of freedom that prevails in the hearts of
all people of all generations.

HOW DID THESE GREEKS ARRIVE IN AMERICA SO EARLY?

They were recruited by the British in 1767 from Asia Minor,
Greece and parts of Italy. A total of over 1200 persons, nearly 500 of
whom were Greeks, sailed from the Island of Minorca, off Spain, in the
year 1768. They established the colony of "New Smyrna"', about 75 miles
south of St. Augustine, suffered indescribable hardships and many died.
In 1777 the remaining colonists abandoned the colony and settled in
St. Augustine. There they met and worshipped in the structure known
to us today as "Avero House" on St. George Street. This property was
purchased by the Archdiocese in 1965, and after its restoration, and with
additional construction, will become "The St. Photios Shrine".

WHO WAS ST. PHOTOS?

St. Photios (820-891) is considered to be one of the greatest
Patriarchs, teachers and missionary Saints of the Greek Orthodox Church.
For his total life of dedication and service to not only the Church, but to all
of mankind, he was elevated to Sainthood and accorded the title, St. Photios
the Great.




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