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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. If you would like more information, feel free to contact Father Thomas Zain, the Cathedral's Dean.

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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, March 12. Please use this as a guide for the times of the services noting that the Monday evening Great Compline services will vary 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. There are also some other minor changes this year like the Feast of the Annunication on March 25th which is a Monday this year. We will have Vesperal-Liturgy that evening instead of Great Compline at 6:00pm at the Cathedral.

Click here to download the schedule

Holy Week and Paschal Services

Click here for the schedule of Holy Week and Pascha services at the Cathedral for 2019. 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.

Schedule of 2019 Holy Week and Pascha Services

Spring Hafli

Save the Date for our Spring Hafli featuring Kalem Issa on Saturday May 4, 2019, The cost is $65.00 for adults. Children 6-12 and under are $30.00. Click here for the flier.

Please buy your tickets early!

New Iconography Project Underway

As we approach the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of our State Street Cathedral location, we have begun preparations for a major celebration in October to kick off the cenntinnial of our State Street Cathedral by finishing the iconography in the Cathedral nave and altar. Here are some photos of the progress to date. Check back often for further updates throughout the coming weeks. A special thank you to iconographer Vasilis Fatjon and parishioiner Mark Asproyerakas for their hard work installing the new icons and frescos. Click here to take a look at the photos in the gallery.



Building Project is Underway!--Updated March 6, 2019

Thanks be to God, after several years of dreaming and the last 18 months of serious planning, yesterday we signed with an architectural firm and have set in motion our plans to build a small addition in the alleyway of the Cathedral. The highlight of this addition will be an elevator for our elderly and disabled and much needed church school rooms for our children. Once the architectural firm has finalized the plans and the the design is ready, we will hold a parish meeting to explain everything and, after receiving the blessing of Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will kick off our fund-raising efforts. You will hear more and more about this in the days and weeks to come and start seeing work done this summer. Thanks to all who have gotten us to this point and to the generosity of Rose Faris and her brother Edward Faris who left us with a substantial amount to help us start this project. May their memory be eternal!

March, 2019 Update: We just received approval for our ZD-1 from the City of New York. We are able to build everything we wanted including two floors, basement and church leval, in the alleyway. We are now entering Phase II which will entail the plans for the interior details now that our "envelope" of the new addition has been approved. Things are moving along!

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, 2019.
Click here to download the file.files/memorials-the-list-updated-January-26-2019.pdf (12048kb)

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.

04/07/19 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent; Commemoration of John Climacus, Author of “The Ladder”
  • Fourth Sunday of Great Lent; Commemoration of John Climacus, Author of “The Ladder” (Download)
03/31/19 - Third Sunday of Great Lent; Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
  • Third Sunday of Great Lent; Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (Download)
03/24/19 - Second Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas & Forefeast of the Annunciation
  • Second Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas & Forefeast of the Annunciation (Download)
03/17/19 - First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
  • First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy) (Download)
03/05/18 - Great Fast 2019 Newsletter
Life of St. Raphael

As we celebrate the 124th Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2019, 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


Wednesday, April 24th
7:00pm Sacrament of Holy Unction
8:30pm  Orthros of Great and Holy Thursday
Thursday, April 25th
10:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy commemorating the Mystical Supper and Insitution of the Holy Eucharist
7:00pm 12 Passion Gospels (Orthros of Holy Friday)


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