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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.

St. Nicholas Cathedral Announcement email Group
If you would like to stay informed with up to date information regarding church services, social events, schedule changes and deaths in the parish, please click here to subscribe to our Cathedral Announcement List.
Weekend of Celebrations!

Join us the weekend of October 19-20, 2019 for a weekend of anniversaries and celebrations. Please keep these dates aside from now and don’t plan any family events. We will celebrate several anniversaries and occasions including the kick-off for both the 100th anniversary of our State Street Cathedral and the 125 anniversary of the founding of our community by St. Raphael of Brooklyn in 1895, both of which will take place in 2020. We will also celebrate Fr. Thomas’ 25th anniversary in the holy priesthood that Saturday evening and Fr. Adrian’s elevation to the dignity of Archpriest at the liturgy that Sunday. We will be hosting the fall meeting of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees and the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch that weekend and on the evening of Saturday night there will be a banquet in downtown Brooklyn at a new venue most of you have never been to, the top floor of the Brooklyn Law School with sweeping views of New York Harbor and Downtown Brooklyn.

Click here for the flier about the weekend and banquet

Click here for the sponsorship information

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mediterranean Festival

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mediterranean Festival . . .mark your calendars!!!!!!!!!

We are please to announce our ninth annual St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mediterranean Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2019. This festival will take place on State Street between Hoyt and Bond (the main part will be in front of the Cathedral)  beginning at 11:00 am and going until 7:00 pm. Click here for the flier.

Fun for the entire family!
Middle Eastern Food
Beer and wine
This is just a taste of what to come and enjoy!

in addition to these wonderful activities, we will have various medical screenings avavilable from Brooklyn Hospital for free.

We hope to see all of you there! Click here for the flier!

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.

09/22/19 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost & 
First Sunday of Luke
  • Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost & 
First Sunday of Luke (Download)
09/15/19 - Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross
  • Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross (Download)
09/08/19 - Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross & Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
  • Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross & Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Download)
09/01/19 - Beginning of the Indiction: Ecclesiastical New Year
  • Beginning of the Indiction: Ecclesiastical New Year (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


Sunday, September 29th
9:20 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Sunday, October 6th
9:20 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy


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