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 Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. It is also the first community established by St. Raphael of Brooklyn in 1895. 2020 marks both the 125th anniversary of our establishment by St. Raphael and the 100th anniversary of our State Street location. If you would like more information, feel free to contact Father Thomas Zain, the Cathedral's Dean.
If you would like to give for the Earthquake Relief fund of the Archdiocese, please send a check to the Cathedrla with "Earthquake" in the memo or you can give online through the "Donate" button under the General Donation catagoryand mark "Earthquake" where you can put what it is to be used for. All monies collected will be forwarded to our Patriarchate for distribution through their relief agency.
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The following is the schedule of services for the Great Fast (excluding the regular Sunday Divine Liturgies) that begins on Monday, February 27 (actually sunset on the evening of February 26). Please use this as a guide for the times of the services. There are also some other minor changes this year like the Feast of the Annunication on March 25th which is a Saturday this year. Please remember that we will have our weekly Friday night Lenten potlucks at 6:30pm prior to the Madeyeh (Akathist) services We will post the Holy Week and Pascha schedule closer to Holy Week.
Click here for the schedule of Holy Week and Pascha services at the Cathedral for 2023. The schedule begins with Lazarus Saturday and concludes with the Agape Vesper Service on Pascha. It is printed in Arabic and English for your convenience. Confessions will be heard prior to and after Holy Week services, however, please come early in the week. No confessions will be heard before the Paschal Vigil on Saturday evening.
Click here to download and fill in the donation sheet for the Holy Week and Paschal offerings. Alternatively, you can give online thorugh our "donate" button on the homepage and specify what you would like to offer.
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After 17 years of effort our Cathedral was approved in September to be on the New York State Register of Historic Places. We thank those involved from our parish and those who prepared the 70 plus page submission to the state for this honor recently announced by our governor. Fr. Thomas was interviewed by various television and print media as a result of this announcement. On November 8th, the Cathedral was approved to be on the National Register of Historic Places. Here are links to some of the news stories that appeared:
National Registry Approval Letter
State Registry Approval Letter
June 6, 2021 marked an historic day in the life of St. Nicholas Cathedral's history. Clergy and elected officials gathered on the corner of State and Bond for the unveiling of the new street sign in honor of our founding priest and first bishop, St. Raphel of Brooklyn. Our block of State street is now "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Place". This was supposed to take place in 2020 when we celebrated our 125th anniversary of St. Raphael's arrival and the 100th anniversary of our State Street location but was delayed because of the pandemic. Thanks to all who helped make today a reality. In addition to His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph's presence today, we had representation from the Russian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church in America and several Antiochian Orthodox clergy. Local politicians included United States Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, State Senator Andrew Gounardes, City Councilman Stephen Levin, Assemblywomen Jo Anne Simon, Mr. John Abi-Habib, the Honorary Counsel General of Lebanon in New Jersey and special guest, the new Ambassador of Syria to the United Nations, His Excellency, Bassam Sabbagh.
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 email@example.com to have it corrected. The attached file is current as of March, 2023.
Click here to download the file sorted by date
In 2012, we completed an 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.
Having just celebrated the 125th Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2020, 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:
2. Inside of Booklet