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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.

Four Week Study about the faith

Beginning  Monday, April 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, we will have a series of only four classes in order for people to learn more about their faith. These classes will be meant to have discussions and answer questions and not just lectures. Please join us. They are meant for people inquiring about the faith as well as people raised in the faith. The weeks and topics will be as follows:

Week 1: Monday, April 20, “On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!”
What is the Church? What makes us unique as the body of Christ? Are all “churches” or “denominations” the same? Is it all one God?

Week 2: Monday, April 27, “What role does the Bible play in the life of the Church?”
We will ask questions like where did the Bible come from? When was the New Testament codified? What is the place of the Bible within the Church and what happens to it when it is removed from the life of the Church?

Week 3: Monday, May 4, “The Sacraments or Mysteries of the Church: What role do the sacraments or mysteries of the Church play in our lives?”

Week 4: Monday, May 11, “The Mission of the Church and where does our parish fit in to that mission”

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 January, 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
05/17/15 - Sixth Sunday of Pascha - Sunday of the Blind Man
  • Sixth Sunday of Pascha - Sunday of the Blind Man (Download)
05/10/15 - Fifth Sunday of Pascha; Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
  • Fifth Sunday of Pascha; Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (Download)
05/03/15 - Fourth Sunday of Pascha; Sunday of the Paralytic
  • Fourth Sunday of Pascha; Sunday of the Paralytic (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.

Sunday, May 24th
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Sunday, May 31st
9:30 Orthros (Matins)
10:30 Divine Liturgy
Monthly Calendar >


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