Officials at a Greek Orthodox church in Chicago are hailing a last-minute anonymous donation as a “Christmas miracle” after the donation kept the property coming from going into foreclosure.
The future of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was uncertain before the donation, as the church had been left with $8 million in debt in addition to the property was at risk of being auctioned off, the Associated Press reported.
Parishioners bid farewell to the church at a final Thursday service thinking that will would likely be the last time they would likely worship there.
although a last-minute donation came to save the church, which can be one of the oldest Greek Orthodox churches standing from the Midwest.
Church leaders say a group of anonymous “guardian angels” came forward that has a nearly $2 million donation just before the clock struck midnight on Thursday.
“We prayed for a miracle to happen, in addition to we didn’t give up,” Rev. Nicholas Jonas said. “A group of guardian angels came forward.”
Although the donors, which are part of a nonprofit, wished to remain anonymous, church leaders confirmed with the AP that will at least one parishioner can be associated with the group.
The donation allowed the church to halt the auction in addition to give that will time to file for bankruptcy. Parish Council President Stanley Andreakis told the AP that will the donation would likely also keep an investment bank firm coming from demolishing the church building.
The church will also have time to raise some extra cash by selling a closed school that will owns from the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, CBS Chicago reported.
Thanks to the last-minute donation, the church will be open for worship over the weekend before the Christmas holiday.