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.
Please join on on Sunday, December 5 at 12:30 (after the Divine Liturgy) via live-stream on our website or Facebook page or in-person for a concert featuring litrugical hymns and other music for the Christmas season performed by our Byzantine choir in English and Arabic (led by our choir director, Fadi Broumana). In addition to liturgical hymns, we will also hear a selection of music for the Nativity season and St. Nicholas Day feast performed by the professional musicians who call our parish home and other guests.
As we begin our construction project in full ernest, the first-phase being our new expanded hanidcapped bathrooms in the church hall is well underway. We will use the proceeds from this concert to help us continue our construction work. We hope to raise $10,000 with everyone's support, as we enter the next phase of construction. Please click here for the flier containing more detailed information on becoming a sponsor and on the talented musicians that will perform that day. You can become a sponsor by sending a check or by giving online through this link:
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. The final step in this process will now be our nomination to the national register. We will find out the results in about 2-3 months. Here are links to some of the news stories that appeared:
Join us for online adult education classes every Monday resuming on Monday, September 20 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm via Zoom led by Cathedral Dean Fr. Thomas Zain. We will begin the year by completing the series of Metropolitan Hilarion that are available from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. We are currently beginning Volume V on the Sacraments and funeral service. To buy volume V or the entire series, use this link. It is no problem to begin in September even if you were not with us last year as each volume is independent.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link or if you have questions or send a message to the same email.
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.
The following is the schedule of services for the
Vigil for the Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn:
Friday, November 5, 2021
6:30pm Great Vespers with Artoklasia followed by Festal Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Please support our Teen SOYO by participating in their annual parish Christmas Card. Due to. COVID-19, this is there only fund-raiser for the year and they depend on it very much. You may complete the form on the attached flier and return it or use click here to give online. Be sure to include your name as you would like it printed in the card. (no titles please).
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 August, 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