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Welcome to Our Parish!

We would like to welcome you to the official website of St. Nicholas Cathedral. St. Nicholas is the mother Cathedral and seat of the Metropolitan of the Self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. It is also the first community established by St. Raphael of Brooklyn. If you would like more information, feel free to contact Father Thomas Zain, the Cathedral's Dean.

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Upcoming Events at the Cathedral
Spring Hafli

Save the Date for our Spring Hafli featuring Eddie Ossama and Ensemble on Saturday May 21, 2016. The cost is $55.00 for adults. Children 12 and under are $25.00. Click here for the flier.

Please buy your tickets early as there will be no tickets sold at the door.

Parish News
Teen SOYO Service Day

Saturday, March 19th marks SOYO service day throughout the archdiocese. Our Teen SOYO participated by distributing food and clothing to the poor at various locations in Manhattan until well after midnight after attending the Akathist (Madeyeh) service at the Cathedral.

Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Jubilee Celebration

November 6-7 marked the feast day celebraion for Brooklyn's own St. Raphael who reposed in 1915. See the following article and photos about the celebration. You can also see articles and news reports via links from the article.

Hymn of Kassiani the Nun

The hymn of Kassiani the Nun chanted by Protopsaltis Rassem Elmassih, Fadi Broumana and Joseph Abboud. English by Fr. Thomas Zain and ison by Fr. Adrian Budica on Great and Holy Tuesday 2015 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY

Click here to listen

Enthronement of Metropolitan JOSEPH/Patriarchal Visit

Thank you to all who attended the events surrounding the enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH and the visit of Patriarch JOHN X. For photos from throughout the week, please go to

Feast of Ascension

The Feast of our Lord's Ascension (40 days after Pascha) is Thursday, June 9. We will celebrate the feast as follows:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Orthros at 6:00pm and  Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm a. Fast from the noon meal for Holy Communion.

His Eminence, Metropolitan SILOUAN of Buenos Aires and all Argentina and Patriarchal Vicar of North America will preside at the liturgy.

List of Cathedral Departed
List of all Cathedral Departed Available for Download

You can now download a list of the Cathedral departed that used to be printed in the monthly newsletter. We are making it available in this format in order to save printing costs. If you find any omissions or mistakes in the name/date of death of your departed loved one, please email Fr. Thomas at to have it corrected. The attached file is current as of January, 2016.
Click here to download the file.

Cathedral Produces New, Updated Pamphlet
Cathedral Brochure

In 2012, we  completed a new, updated version of our Cathedral brochure. This pamphlet is now available to parishioners and visitors alike for free in the vestibule of the Cathedral. You may also view  it by clicking here.

Church Bulletins
05/22/16 - Fourth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Paralytic
  • Fourth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Paralytic (Download)
05/15/16 - The Third Sunday of Pascha - Sunday of the Myrhh-Bearing Women
  • The Third Sunday of Pascha - Sunday of the Myrhh-Bearing Women (Download)
05/08/16 - New Sunday or Anti-Pascha
03/01/16 - Great Fast Newsletter
Life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn
Life of St. Raphael

As we celebrate the 121th Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2016, it is important that we know our history and where we came from. With that in mind, in addition to the history section of our webiste, you can download a brief life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn who founded our community in 1895. Please click on the following links below to download the Cathedral booklet about St. Raphael's life:

1. Cover
2. Inside of Booklet

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the falling-asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn and throughout the year we will have various celebrations both here in Brooklyn and around the archdiocese as we celebrate this jubilee year that was officially inagurated by His Beatitude, Patriarch JOHN X during his visit to the Cathedral on December 7, 2014.

Sunday, May 29th
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Sunday, June 5th
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Monthly Calendar >


St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
355 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1705
(718) 855-6225 (Phone)
(718) 855-3608 (Fax)