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.

Worship Online

Holy Week

April 5 – April 12

The arrival of Holy Week reminds us of our yearly traditions and the comfort they bring. Yet this year has required us all to make changes to our cherished traditions. While we cannot gather together in person in the ways we always do, we can still join together in spirit as we observe this sacred season. The remembrance of the original story of Easter is also a comfort in these times, somber as they are: the story of the Passion, expressed in many ways and through many different Cathedral services, recognizes the sadness of death, the fear of the unknown, and eventually the joy of a new reality.

We hope you'll join us in the new ways we'll come together in the next week—through livestreamed services and online prayer—and find in them connection, resolve, and maybe even a little hope.

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Lenten Meditations

From the Bishops of New York

The Bishops of New York are offering meditations on Lent and Holy Week.

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Contact a Priest


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.

Messages from the Dean

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."

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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."

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Cathedral Community Cares

Soup Kitchen

During this time, the CCC Soup Kitchen remains open and serving bagged meals to those in need. As the number of people looking for assitance increases, so too do the costs of supplies to keep the staff, volunteers, and clients safe.

Donate now >


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.

Watch Episode One >
Watch Episode Two >

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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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.

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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Music from the Sunday Service

March 29, 2020

On March 29, 2020, Director of Music Kent Tritle provided an opening and closing voluntary for the livestreamed service.

Opening Voluntary - Adagio in A Minor, BWV 564, J. S. Bach

Closing Voluntary - Toccata in D Minor, “Dorian”, BWV 538, J. S. Bach

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.

Visit the archives >

Learn about the Cathedral

Cathedral From Home

Staff Spotlight

In this video series, we catch up with Cathedral staff to learn how their lives and jobs have changed since the Cathedral has temporarily closed.

April 2, 2020 - Thomas, Robert, and Vanessa of CCC
March 26, 2020 - Mia Michelson-Bartlett

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


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"

Download pages from A Coloring Book of Stained Glass Windows from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City

Clipper Ship
Construction Worker
Ellis Island
Fourth Day of Creation
Racing Car
Rose Window
St. George and the Dragon

Rendered by A.G. Smith
From photographs by Gregory Thorp


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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