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.
The Dormition Fast began on August 1, 2021 and concludes on the Feast of the Dormition (Falling asleep) of the Theotokos on August 15.
Feast day services for the Dormition will be Saturday, August 14th at 7:00pm (Great Vespers) at Dormition Greek Orthodox Church (224 18th Ave. in Brooklyn) and
Sunday, August 15th with Orthros at 8:20am and Divine Liturgy at 9:30am at St. Nicholas Cathehdral.
In addition, we have the following schedule of Paraklesis services at the Cathedral at 7:00pm:
August 2, August 9 and August 12
August 5 at 6:00pm we will have Orthros and at 7:00pm we will have the Divine Liturgy followed by the blessing of grapes for the Feast of the Transfiguration.
You can email the names of the living that you would like commmemorated in the Paraklesis to email@example.com or you may give a donaiton online and put the list there.
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.
Our Spring Paschal Mother's Day concert was a great success thanks to our talented choir both as individuals as as a group. We thank all those who participated and donated. The proceeds of the concert will go toward the rennovation of our restrooms in the hall to make them handicapped accessable. The project is already underway. God bless you all.
Join us for online adult education classes every Tuesday resuming on Tuesday, March 23nd from 7:00pm to 9:00pm via Zoom led by Cathedral Dean Fr. Thomas Zain. We will be using the books of Metropolitan Hilarion that are available from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. We are currently in Volume III on Orthodox Architecture, Iconography and Music. For an introduction to the next phase of our classes, please see the video I prepared in our live-stream secsion.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link or if you have questions or send a message to the same email.
As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our State Street Cathedral location in 2020, we have finished the iconography in the Cathedral nave and altar. Here are some photos of the project. 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.
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 February, 2021.
Click here to download the file sorted by date
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