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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
Metropolitan PHILIP one year Memorial

March 19th marks the one year anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP who served as the head of our archdiocese for 48+ years before his death in 2014. His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH along with other hierarchs from within and outside our archdiocese will celebrate the liturgy at the Cathedral on Sunday, March 22nd (the fourth Sunday of the Fast) to mark the one year anniversary with the Trisagion Prayers of Mercy at the end of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Please join us as we remember HIs Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP and pray for the repose of his soul.

Schedule of Services for the Great Fast

The following is the schedule of services for the Great Fast (excluding the regular Sunday Divine Liturgies) that begins on Monday, February 23. Please use this as a guide for the times of the services noting that the Monday evening Great Compline services will alternate between St. Nicholas Cathedral and St. Mary in Bay Ridge. Please pay special attention to see where the Monday Great Compline service will be on any given week.
Click here to download the schedule

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

Once again, St. Nicholas Cathedral is honored to host the annual Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Service. This year's service will take place as usual on the first Sunday of the Great Fast, March 1, 2015 at 5:00pm at the Cathedral. Look for more details in the next few weeks.

In addition to the area's clergy, we look forward to welcoming all of our fellow Orthodox brothers and sisters to the Cathedral for this annual celebration of our faith. A Lenten meal will be served by our ladies following the vesper service.

His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop Michael of the OCA will celebrate the liturgy that morning in the Cathedral for those interested in attending. We hope to welcome another hierarch for the evening vesper service.

For directions, please see the appropriate link on our home page.

Parish News
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

2014-2015 Orthodox Lecture Series

Since last October, the Antiochian and Greek Orthodox parishes of Brooklyn started their annual monthly lecture series. The lectures are  held on a Thursday night once a month. This season we are doing an "Orthodox Film Festival". The next lecture for the 2014-2015 series will take place on Thursday, February 12 at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church at 7:00. The address is 1724 Ave. P, Brooklyn, NY.

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, 2015.
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
03/01/15 - First Sunday of Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy) (Download)
02/22/15 - Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)
  • Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare) (Download)
02/01/15 - Winter/Spring 2015 Newsletter
Life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn
Life of St. Raphael

As we celebrate the 120th Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2015, 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.

Monday, March 2nd
7:00pm Great Compline at St. Mary in Bay Ridge
Wednesday, March 4th
7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy
Monthly Calendar >


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