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Welcome to Our Parish!

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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Upcoming Events at the Cathedral
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, February 27. 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 Saturday this year.

Click here to download the schedule

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

Once again, St. Nicholas Cathedral is honored to host the annual Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Service. This year's service will take place as usual on the first Sunday of the Great Fast, March 5, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Cathedral. His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH will preside at the service and His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON of the OCA will speak and His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL also of the Orthodox Church in America and His Grace Bishop JOHN of the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester will be present. The Spirit of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Choir of NJ will sing the responses. We look forward to seeing you there. Please click here for the flier.

In addition to the area's clergy, we look forward to welcoming all of our fellow Orthodox brothers and sisters to the Cathedral for this annual celebration of our faith. A Lenten meal will be served by our ladies following the vesper service.

For directions, please see the appropriate link on our home page.

Mother's Day Hafli

Save the Date for our Spring Hafli featuring Youssef Shamoun and Ensemble on Saturday May 13, 2017. The cost is $80.00 for adults. Children 12 and under are $40.00. Click here for the flier.

Please buy your tickets early! There will be entertaainment for the children including face painting and a magician.

Parish News
Hamelat El-Teeb to Celebrate 100th Anniversary in 2017

The Hamelat El-Teeb (Myrrh Bearing Women Society) of the Cathedral will celebrate their 100th anniversary on Octobe 15, 2017. Please stay tuned for details later in the year.

List of Cathedral Departed
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, 2017.
Click here to download the file.

Cathedral Produces New, Updated Pamphlet
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.

Church Bulletins
02/19/17 - Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)
  • Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare) (Download)
02/12/17 - Sunday of the the Prodigal Son
  • Sunday of the the Prodigal Son (Download)
02/08/17 - Great Fast 2017 Newsletter
02/05/17 - Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican; After-feast of Presentation (Meeting) of Christ
  • Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican; After-feast of Presentation (Meeting) of Christ (Download)
Life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn
Life of St. Raphael

As we celebrate the 122th Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2017, 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, February 26th
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Forgiveness Vespers after Cofee Hour to begin the Fast
Monday, February 27th
7:00pm Great Compline at St. Nicholas
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St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
355 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1705
(718) 855-6225 (Phone)
(718) 855-3608 (Fax)