The Cathedral That Meets at Your House

While the Cathedral is temporarily closed, our work transforms and continues. Cathedral Community Cares continues to serve meals in new and innovative ways to keep up with health department guidelines; our musicians continue to create even if they cannot perform for live audiences; our educators continue to help deepen our understanding of the Cathedral's art and architecture; our teachers continue to check in with their students and provide activities to keep them interested and learning; our maintenance and security staff continues to keep the grounds open for all to explore and reflect. Your continued support enables us to keep our digital Cathedral active and humming with life.

We invite you to use the resources below as we adhere to our mission to serve the many diverse people of our Diocese, City, Nation and World through an array of pastoral, educational and community outreach activities.

The status of the Cathedral and its programs can be found here.

Online Services

Streaming Services

From the Cathedral

The Cathedral is hosting Morning and Evening Prayer daily via Zoom and a live streamed Sunday service at 11 am.

You can find a complete list of upcoming services, information on how to access them, and recordings of previous services on the calendar.

Contact a Priest

201-474-5644

The Cathedral clergy have set up a pastoral care hotline that they will be monitoring while the Cathedral is closed. If you'd like to speak with a priest, please call 201-474-5644.

Meditations from the Bishops

From the Diocese of New York

The Bishops of New York are providing reflections on the weekly lectionary readings.

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Support

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Donate Now

Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s first priority is to address the urgent needs of the immediate community, especially those who have been hit hardest. To this end, we have created a Response and Recovery Fund to support vital programs including: Feeding a surge of people in need of nutritious food through our soup kitchen, enabling virtual learning for the diverse families served by our after-school and child care program, and responding to an increased need for pastoral care as this crisis takes an emotional toll on our community. As the needs of New Yorkers grow each day and as our resources at the Cathedral are greatly strained by the crisis, our ability to fully support our community is contingent on the success of the Response and Recovery Fund. If you are in a position to help, we ask you that you consider supporting this important effort.

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#MuseumFromHome

Cathedral Subway Station?

Urban Legends and True Connections

Have you heard the urban legend that there used to be a subway station under the Cathedral? Senior guide Tom Fedorek looks into how these rumors originated and the very real connection between the Cathedral and the MTA New York City Transit, with special shout outs to Madeleine L'Engle, Grand Central Terminal, and the Bronx Zoo.

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"Memorial to September 11"

A Virtual Tour

This #MuseumFromHome virtual tour takes a deep dive into the "Memorial to September 11" by Meredith Bergmann, a part of the Cathedral's collection. We learn about the history of the piece, examine some of the details, and understand its context in the Cathedral as well as in centuries of religious art.

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Life of Christ by Keith Haring

A Virtual Tour

In honor of what would have been Keith Haring's 62nd birthday, Cathedral educators Danny Berman and Cheryl McGinnis video chatted about one of our most popular pieces: Life of Christ by Keith Haring.

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The Medical Bay

A Vertical Tour

This bay honors the scientists, nurses, and doctors from the past for their contributions to modern medicine and serves as a reminder for all the medical professionals we continue to honor today.

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Vertical Tour

A Virtual Tour

It's one of the most talked about experiences at the Cathedral: the Vertical Tour! On this #MuseumFromHome virtual tour, we take you up the spiral staircase inside the Cathedral walls to view stained glass up close, the Cathedral from above, and, finally, a view of our great city from the roof!

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Holy Week Pilgrimage

Episodes 1 - 5

The Cathedral has been called the word in stone and in this Holy Week series, we are brought on a pilgrimage in hopes of discerning meaning of the story of the life and Passion of Christ in the stone and glass and bronze of the Cathedral, as well as in our liturgical practices.

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The Great Rose Window

A Virtual Tour

The Cathedral's Great Rose Window is one of our most iconic elements, even inspiring our logo, but from the ground it's easy to miss all of the details that make this window truly unique. Mia Michelson-Bartlett, manager of visitor services, walks us through some of the more interesting parts of the fourth largest rose window in the world.

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The Cathedral Close & Peace Fountain

A Virtual Tour

To celebrate #NationalTakeAWalkInTheParkDay on March 30, we created a virtual walk through the Cathedral's Close with a spotlight on Artist in Residence Greg Wyatt's Peace Fountain.

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Cathedral Stained Glass

A Virtual Tour

Stained glass is a playground for the sun, and if you've ever visited the Cathedral on a winter afternoon, you know that the combination of sun and glass means apparent rainbows about. The Cathedral's Ruth Whaley explains how light plays an important role in the experience and structure of our building.

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Listen

Music From Home

Selections from the Cathedral Choir

While the Cathedral Choir is safely distancing, they continue to share music as a full choir, as small groups, and solo for our community to enjoy.

"Jesus Christ Has Risen Today"
sung by the Cathedral Choir

"Wayfaring Stranger"
sung by Katie Geissinger

César Franck's "Hear my cry, O God"
performed by Christina Kay, soprano, and Jie Yi, piano

Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141 by Dietrich Buxtehude
performed by Kent Tritle

"Migratory V" by Adam Guettel
sung by Lianne Coble-Dispensa

"St. Ita's Vision," from Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber
sung by Amy Justman

"The Stammerer" by Karl Kramer
featuring Peter Stewart and SONYC (String Orchestra of NYC)

Mozart's "Laudamus te" from the Mass in C Minor
performed by Christina Kay and Raymond Nagem

"Dona Nobis Pacem"
sung by the Cathedral Choristers

"Alleluia" from Exsultate, Jubilate - W.A. Mozart
featuring Cathedral Choir member Halley Gilbert, soprano

Out of the Depths: Organ Music of J. S. Bach

March 15, 2020

Associate Director of Music, Raymond Nagem, played a recital in the empty Cathedral on March 15, 2020.

PROGRAM
Fantasia in G Minor, BWV 542
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671
Dies sind' die heil'gen Zehn Gebot', BWV 678
Dies sind' die heil'gen Zehn Gebot', BWV 679
Aus tiefer Not, BWV 686
Aus tiefer Not, BWV 687
Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542

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From the Archives

2013 - 2019

From massed choirs to Christmas services to virtuoso organ performances, the music archives contains the perfect soundtrack to your day.

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Learn about the Cathedral

Messages From The Dean

Updates from Dean Daniel

How do we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land
March 17, 2020
"We are not the first, nor will we be the last to have this sad experience. And like our forebears, we will persevere until this night passes. And it will."

The Cathedral Steps Up
March 24, 2020
"The history of the Cathedral is interwoven with the need for emerging institutions to step up and serve the people of this city...And the Church will continue to step up. One day, this crisis will pass, as all crises do. Even during these fragmented days, work continues on new initiatives and plans for the people we are called to serve. Our focus now is on fulfilling the most pressing needs of our community, be that feeding the hungry, caring for and educating the young, and caring for the elderly and sick."

The Green Cathedral

An Oral History

The Cathedral has long been known as the Green Cathedral, a staunch advocate for this fragile earth, our island home. Looking back on how far we've come and the battles left to fight helps us recommit ourselves to the cause every year.

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Cathedral Virtual Backgrounds

For Your Online Meetings

We're now 6 weeks into conducting most of our business from home at the Cathedral, and the novelty of our online meetings has worn off. Thinking this might be happening for many in our community, too, we thought now would be a perfect time to offer some Cathedral virtual backgrounds to use for all your meeting needs!

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Reflections

From the Cathedral Community

In this series, members of the Cathedral community reflect on some of the most meaningful events or parts of the Cathedral.

Spirit of Welcome by Fabienne Alexis
The Frieze on the Western Facade by Gene Carlucci
My First Visit by Wendy Alvarez

Getting Through This

A Memo from Human Resources

Earlier this week, Director of Human Resources John Tiebout sent a thoughtful memo on how to deal with some of the lesser talked about yet more difficult moments of the situation we find ourselves in.

Read the memo >

Blueprint NYC

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

NYC Media takes an in depth look at the history of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

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Copyright 2017 NYC Media
Executive Producer: Janet Choi
Senior Producer: Karen Johnson
Producer & Writer: Dave Evans

Children's Activities

Origami Peacocks

featuring ACT at the Cathedral

As a part of #GivingTuesdayNow, Cathedral Educators Ashley and Ruth joined the daily ACT preschool class to make origami peacocks!

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How to Make Texture Rubbings at Home

An Online Workshop

A favorite activity for workshops at the Cathedral is for groups to make texture rubbings from surfaces inside our great building in the tradition of pilgrims across the world. In this video, we show you how you can texture rubbings in your own home--a fun craft project for an indoor day that can help you see your space in a whole new way!

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"Me and Momma and Big John" by Mara Rockliff

Read by Daniela Pamplona

Cathedral educator Daniela Pamplona reads one of our favorites, "Me and Momma and Big John" by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low in honor of #worldbookday.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Build

Children's Architecture Workshop

Wondering what to do with all those cardboard boxes and empty toilet paper rolls laying around? This architecture workshop for children helps you reduce, reuse, and...build your very own Cathedral using the same principals that built our great structure.

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Eggstravaganza!

Natural Egg Dying

Eggstravaganza, a children's egg decorating workshop, is one of our favorite events of the year so Cathedral educator Ashley Frenkel wanted to teach us how we can decorate eggs with household items.

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Stained Glass Coloring Pages

From "A Coloring Book of Stained Glass Windows"

We're pleased to provide pages from A Coloring Book of Stained Glass Windows from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City for you to print and color at home!

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ACT-IVITIES

From ACT at the Cathedral

ACT might be temporarily closed, but their dedicated teachers continue to lead ACT-ivities for young people and post a selection of videos on their social media.

Go Bananas with Ms. Phoebe and Charlotte
Ms. Ann's Riddle
Ms. Karen Makes a Car
Ms. Ann Sings the Fish Song

Follow ACT on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date videos.

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