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 will mark 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.
Please join us Sunday morning via our live-stream:
Sunday Orthros at 9:20am and Divine Liturgy and Procession with the Holy Cross at 10:30am Live streamed here and on our website:
You can download PDF's of Orthros and the changeable parts of the liturgy and procession with the holy Cross in Arabic and English here:
Downloadable Sunday Services for April 5. Please join us in prayer with your families. If you would like a candle lit or to give your weekly pledge or make a donation, please do so via the donation section with your visa/mastercard.
If we receive it tonight, we can add your names to be remembered in the Preparation Service (Proskomedia) and during the Great Entrance.
Please see the attached letter from His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The essence of the letter states that people should remain home for services and the only services that will be done are:
Weekly Orthros and Divine Liturgy on Sundays
Friday Akathist (Madeyeh) Supplication service to the Most Holy Theotokos (appropriate during these times)
Next Wednesday evening for the Feast of the Annunciation
These services will be conducted by Father Thomas and one or two chanters and a minimal number of altar servers to keep in compliance with the CDC recommendations on gathering. The church will remain closed and locked during these services except for the people Fr. Thomas will ask to come to make the liturgical services possibe so please do not show up and expect to come in.
We just purchased thorugh a generous donation a camera and equipment to stream the services live on Facebook. Hopefully we will make our first attempt on Friday and see how it goes.
Also, via this link on antiochian.org, you can find "readers services" to say at home with your family during this time. Just as the schools are making sure the children continue to learn, we must be vigilint and continue to pray as best as we can during this time.
Things are changing by the hour and we will follow the directives of our government to keep everyone safe. This will likely effect our Holy Week and Paschal services and we should be prepared for that eventuality.
For our parishioners, PLEASE continue to send in your pledges and donaitons. It is vital so we can continue to pay the bills of the church and keep it running during this time. We need your continued support.
Finally, in the event any of you need Confession and Holy Communion during this difficult time, please contact me to make arrangements.
May God be with us all!
Fr. Thomas Zain
St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY
Thank you to our co-chairs, Norma Khoury and Elaine Khoury and all who helped plan and participated in our “Weekend of Celebrations” last weekend. There were many hours of preparation to get the Cathedral ready and to plan the events of the weekend. Without the entire effort of all those who labored and sacrificed, it would never have happened. Even until the day people arrived, the final touches were being completed.
It was a beautiful weekend and all of our hierarchs and out of town guests, including our special guest, His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION of the Russian Orthodox Church, expressed their thanks to our parish for a wonderful weekend.
You can see all the photos from the weekend via this link (Thank you to Khourieh Destinie Winn and Sub-deacon Andre Christoforides for taking these photos.
You can read the official press release here:
You can read the offical press release of the Moscow Patriarchate here:
Watch the video of Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy here:
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 January, 2020.
Click here to download the file.
As we celebrate 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
- Second Sunday of Great Lent
; Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, archbishop of Thessalonica (Download)
- First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy) (Download)
- Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare) (Download)
- Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare) (Download)
- Great Fast 2020 Newsletter (Download)