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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 Self-ruled 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
St. Raphael of Brooklyn/State Street Festival

Please save the date for the 2015 St. Raphael of Brooklyn/State Street Festival on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Attached is the flier to spread around to family and friends.

Services for the Dormition Fast

The Dormition Fast began on August 1, 2015 and concludes on the Feast of the Dormition (Falling asleep) of the Theotokos on August 15.

Feast day services for the Dormition will be Friday, August 14th at Dormition Greek Orthodox Church on 18th St. and 5th Ave. in Brooklyn at 7:00pm (Great Vespers) and

Saturday, August 15th with Orthros at 9:30am and Divine Liturgy at 10:30am at St. Nicholas  Cathehdral.

In addition, we have the following schedule of Paraklesis services at the Cathedral at 7:00pm:

August 3
August 7 (in Arabic)

August 10

August 12

 August 5 at 7:00pm we will have the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration (which fallls the next day).

You can email the names of the living that you would like commmemorated in the Paraklesis to

Church Picnic

We will have our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 16  immediately following the Divine Liturgy at Ft. Hamilton Army Base on the bluff.  Everyone should bring his own food and drinks as well as chairs if you have them because there are a limited number of picnic tables. We will have a charcoal grill for everyone to cook their food. We look forward to seeing you all there and spending the afternoon together. Please see the attached flier for more information.


Parish News
Hymn of Kassiani the Nun

The hymn of Kassiani the Nun chanted by Protopsaltis Rassem Elmassih, Fadi Broumana and Joseph Abboud. English by Fr. Thomas Zain and ison by Fr. Adrian Budica on Great and Holy Tuesday 2015 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY

Click here to listen

Enthronement of Metropolitan JOSEPH/Patriarchal Visit

Thank you to all who attended the events surrounding the enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH and the visit of Patriarch JOHN X. For photos from throughout the week, please go to

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 June, 2015.
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
07/26/15 - The Holy Righteous Martyr Paraskeva of Rome & Eighth Sunday of Matthew
  • The Holy Righteous Martyr Paraskeva of Rome & Eighth Sunday of Matthew (Download)
07/19/15 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council
  • Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council (Download)
07/12/15 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and Sixth Sunday of Matthew
  • Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and Sixth Sunday of Matthew (Download)
Life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn
Life of St. Raphael

As we celebrate the 120th Anniversary of our Mother Cathedral in 2015, 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

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the falling-asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn and throughout the year we will have various celebrations both here in Brooklyn and around the archdiocese as we celebrate this jubilee year that was officially inagurated by His Beatitude, Patriarch JOHN X during his visit to the Cathedral on December 7, 2014.

Monday, August 3rd
Paraklesis 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 5th
Divine Liturgy for the Feast
Monthly Calendar >


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