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.
St. Nicholas Day Services for 2022 are as follows:
The Feast Day falls on Tuesday, December 6. we will celebrate the evening of Monday, December 5 with:
Orthros at 6:00pm
Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm
His Eminence Metropolitan ANTONIOS will preside at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Please join our new text reminder group for last minute notifications, changes of schedules, deaths, etc. This will be used sparingly. Please send a text to 81010 to join and put the following in the body of the messge:
Please join on on Sunday, December 4 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 and Epiphany 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 from the season and St. Nicholas Day feast performed by the professional musicians who call our parish home and other guests. A reception in the church hall will follow.
As we continue our construction project in full ernest, the second-phase being new HVAC system, new exit from the church hall into the parking lot and new electrical service is almost completed. 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. On November 8th, the Cathedral was approved to be on the National Register of Historic Places. Here are links to some of the news stories that appeared:
Join us for online adult education classes every Monday starting on Monday, September 19 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm via Zoom led by Cathedral Dean Fr. Thomas Zain. We will have two different classes on alternating Mondays. Starting on September 19th we will have a basic, but detailed catechism course on Orthodox Christianity using the series by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev that we did a couple years ago. This will be geared toward new inquirers or people just wanting to learn more about their faith. The alternating Mondays, beginning on September 26, will be the reading and discussion of the book “Everyday Saints and Other Stories”. See Fr. Thomas regarding how to order these books if you plan on being part of either or both classes.
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.
Please support our Teen SOYO by participating in their annual parish Christmas Card. 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 September, 2022.
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