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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
Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn

Please save the dates of November 4 for the Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. We will have a vigil for the feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn beginning at 6:00pm with Great Vespers and Artoklasia folllwed by Festal Orthros and Divine Liturgy. We should finish around 10:00pm or so.

Hamelat El-Teeb 11th Annual Raffle Party "Arabian Nights"

The Ladies of the Hamelat El-Teeb will host their 11th annual raffle party on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Come and enjoy lunch and a fun-filled afternoon as you win lots of great prizes. Please click here see the attached flier for details and make your reservation early.


Week Bible Study/Adult Education Classes

Beginning  Thursday, October 6th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, we will have a series of classes for about 7  weeks in order for people to learn more about their faith. These classes will be meant to have discussions and answer questions and not just lectures. Please join us. They are meant for people inquiring about the faith as well as people raised in the faith. Classes will take place in the Cathedral hall.

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

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
10/23/16 - The Holy Apostle James the “Brother of God” & 
Sixth Sunday of Luke
  • The Holy Apostle James the “Brother of God” &
 Sixth Sunday of Luke (Download)
10/16/16 - Sunday of Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council
 and Fourth Sunday of Luke
  • Sunday of Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council
 and Fourth Sunday of Luke (Download)
10/10/16 - Fall 2016 Newsletter
10/10/16 - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Third Sunday of Luke; The Holy Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus
  • Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Third Sunday of Luke; The Holy Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus (Download)
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


Sunday, October 23rd
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Sunday, October 30th
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
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St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
355 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1705
(718) 855-6225 (Phone)
(718) 855-3608 (Fax)