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Bringing a bit of Greece to Wilmington

The only Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington brings a bit of history and a little part of Greece to our area. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church started in Wilmington in the 1940's, but the religion itself has been around for thousands of years. Father Matthew Carter of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church said, “The orthodox is the unchanged church. It is the original church started by Christ and the apostles. We are a representative of that original Christianity, of that tradition, that unchanged tradition." A main part of that 'unchanged tradition' is the use of icons. Father Matthew said, "The iconography in the church was the original aspect of Christian worship. It was something that was developed over time and with specific rules in the way these icons were created." These icons are more than just paintings because before they are made the creator must fast, pray and focus on each detail of the image, said Father Matthew. He said "some of the icons were shipped from Greece by the iconographer that created them over there and they were installed here by the community. Somebody visiting here would get a little bit of taste of not only what it's like to be in Greece in an all orthodox country, but what it's like in America where we have our iconography." It’s a tradition recognized by some for religious purposes and others for historical significance. The newest icons were put up in 2000. They were paid for by the community and made in Greece. The church is located on South College Road.

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