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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.

Orthodoxy in America
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.
Brooklyn Clergy Lecture Series

Please join our fellow Orthodox Christians from Brooklyn for our annual Pan-Orthodox Brooklyn Lecture Series. This monthly event will take place at a different church in Brooklyn with a guest speaker. This year the theme is "Exploring Aspects of Church Life". Topics will include missions, forgiveness, bereavment, raising children, ministry to the sick, youth ministry and biotechnology. We have invited experts in these areas to speak to us and discuss with us. The fifth lecture will take place at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and the topic is:

“Have We Been Doing Youth Ministry Wrong”
March 22, 2018 at 7:00pm – Ss. Const. & Helen Cathedral, 64 Schermerhorn St, Bklyn, NY 11201Steven Christoforou, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
and Camping Ministries, GOA

Please click here for the flier for the year with locations speakers and topics for the monlty talks.

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 19. 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 Sunday this year.

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 2018. 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 2018 Holy Week and Pascha Services

Spring Hafli

Save the Date for our Spring Hafli featuring Eddie Osama and Ensemble on Saturday April 28, 2018. The cost is $75.00 for adults. Children 12 and under are $35.00. Click here for the flier.

Please buy your tickets early! There will be supervision for the children.

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, 2018.
Click here to download the file.

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.

03/18/18 - 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)
03/11/18 - Third Sunday of Lent; Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
  • Third Sunday of Lent; Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (Download)
03/04/18 - Second Sunday of Great Lent - Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
  • Second Sunday of Great Lent - Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (Download)
02/25/18 - First Sunday of Great Lent
 (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
  • First Sunday of Great Lent
 (Sunday of Orthodoxy) (Download)
02/01/18 - Great Fast 2018 Newsletter
Life of St. Raphael

As we celebrate the 123rd Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2018, 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, March 18th
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 19th
7:00pm Great Compline at St. Mary


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