• July 31, 2020 - 12:11 PM Music From Home: "Hark! I hear the harps eternal"

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    For the service on July 19, the Cathedral Choir and Chorale performed "Hark! I hear the harps eternal" by Alice Parker.

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  • July 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM #MuseumFromHome: Celebrating the ADA at 30

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    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine often showcases its mission through its stained-glass windows. As a “house of prayer for all people,” there a surprisingly great amount of diversity represented for a building begun in 1892. In the All Souls Bay, the major stories refer to people helping neighbors who might not know each other like in the Good Samaritan parable. The smaller images are of more modern tales. From Clara Barton founding the American Red Cross to community efforts at Ellis Island to welcome immigrants, there are a variety of groups represented who might benefit from some neighborly help. One lesser known story from this window is that of the House of the Holy Comforter, symbolized by a woman using a wheelchair in the lower left corner. Began in 1897 by...

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  • July 24, 2020 - 11:07 AM Music From Home: Toccata on "Lift Every Voice"

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    Associate Director of Music Raymond Nagem performs Mark A. Miller's Toccata on "Lift Every Voice."

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  • July 19, 2020 - 1:06 PM Music From Home: Strange Fruit

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    Jamet Pittman, soprano, sings "Strange Fruit" accompanied by Associate Director of Music Raymond Nagem.

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  • July 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM Nelson Mandela at the Cathedral

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    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013, President of South Africa 1994 - 1999) is a global icon and the embodiment of persistence and the spirit of reconciliation. In South Africa, Mandela is celebrated as "the father of the nation." Mandela visited the Cathedral in 1998 and is pictured here with a sculpture of his likeness carved by Emmanuel Fourchet. To the right of Mandela’s face in the stone, a spear-wielding warrior stands. Between them coils a dragon, representing apartheid, and by association with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, suggests that the raci...

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  • July 17, 2020 - 1:45 PM Bishop Issues Statement Regarding the Very Rev. James A. Kowalski

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    Bishop Dietsche today issued the letter with respect to the Very Reverend James A. Kowalski, 9th Dean of the Cathedral. The letter and more information can be found on the website of the Diocese of New York.

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  • July 14, 2020 - 1:54 PM Cathedral Health Compact

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    The Cathedral community—comprising clergy, staff, volunteers, residents, congregants, visitors, and more—is committed to minimizing the risk of COVID-19 as we begin to regather together. Drawing upon the wisdom teachings of Jesus, which tell us that love of neighbor is the highest human calling, second only to love of God, this Compact is our community’s pledge of respect and shared responsibility for one another. As we respond to the challenges and necessary changes brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cathedral community acknowledges the need for us to take steps to protect the health and well-being of all people on the Cathedral Close. The Cathedral cannot guarantee that you or others you may come into contact with will not be expos...

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  • July 9, 2020 - 2:58 PM #MuseumFromHome: Feast of St. Benedict

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    In this video, Cathedral Educator Gene Carlucci explores the legacy of St. Benedict, whose precepts for monastic living have had major impact on generations of Christian monks, and whose feast day in the Anglican Church is celebrated on July 11.

  • July 2, 2020 - 5:06 PM Music From Home: Cathedral Choir & Choristers

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    On Sunday, the Cathedral Choristers joined the Cathedral Choir in singing the anthem "Verleih uns Frieden" by Felix Mendelssohn.

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  • July 2, 2020 - 12:23 PM #MuseumFromHome: Portal of Paradise - Episode 4

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    In the final episode of our virtual tour on the Portal of Paradise, we look at the figures in the upper rank, which are painted in the style of portal sculptures from the middle ages. Simon Verity, the lead stone carver on the project, mixed the paints himself using the mineral crystals that are mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Thanks for joining us on this tour that unlocks the Biblical grounding for all of the carvings in this portal! Watch Epi...

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  • July 2, 2020 - 1:28 PM Music From Home: Cathedral Choral, "How Lovely Are The Messengers"

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    For the our virtual service on June 21, 2020, the Cathedral Chorale sang "How Lovely Are The Messengers" by Felix Mendelssohn.

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  • June 30, 2020 - 12:59 PM Celebrating the Rev. Pauli Murray

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    Activist, lawyer, teacher, author, priest. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray (1910-1985) took on many roles during her lifetime, the last of which was as the first African-American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. She is pictured here, bottom center, at the ordination of the Rev. Sandye Wilson at the Cathedral in 1982. (Photo courtesy of the Rev. Sandye Wilson.) Murray was included in the Calendar of Saints of The Episcopal Church in 2018 and is celebrated on July 1st. Born in 1910 and raised in segregated North Carolina from a young age, Pauli Murray was a force to be reckoned with. She taught herself to read at age 5, graduated high school at 15, and moved to New York City to attend college. Having no interest in continuing her experience with “se...

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  • June 30, 2020 - 4:10 PM #MuseumFromHome: Portal of Paradise - Episode 3

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    In the third part of our virtual tour on our facade's Portal of Paradise, we take a look at the figures and basestones on the southern side of the portal, including the apocalyptic New York City scenes that are some of the most talked about and misunderstood carvings in the whole Cathedral, and are continually reminded of how each and every feature comes from the Bible. The fourth and final episode, on the small figures above each forerunner, will be posted next week!

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  • June 24, 2020 - 11:59 AM Music From Home: Roger Wagner

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    Though the days are now getting shorter Roger Wagner, who is most often seen playing bass in the Cathedral orchestra, performs "Here Comes the Sun" as a reminder that the even in the darkest moments, the sun is on its way.

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  • June 24, 2020 - 12:58 PM #MuseumFromHome: Portal of Paradise - Episode 2

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    We continue our four part virtual tour of the Cathedral's Portal of Paradise on the Western Facade with a closer look at the eight figures carved into the north side of the Portal and are reminded that everything we see here comes directly from the Bible. Watch Episode 1

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  • June 23, 2020 - 10:25 AM #MuseumFromHome: Fatherhood Window

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    Just like in our own lives, fathers take many forms in the Cathedral's stained glass windows. In this #MuseumFromHome virtual tour, we learn where to find the fathers of history and printing as well as take a closer look at the Fat...

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  • June 19, 2020 - 11:34 AM St. Alban in the Cathedral

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    St. Alban holds a prominent place in the history of the Anglican tradition since he is the first person from Britain to be martyred in his homeland. He is thus depicted at the Cathedral St. John the Divine seven times. Recognized in both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, he lived in the third century. The most definitive account of St. Alban was written by The Venerable Bede in his History of the English Church and People around 731CE, which is still in print. The story is as follows: In the early part of the fourth century, during a particularly savage persecution of Christians under the Romans, a Christian priest, traditionally named Amphibalus, traveling through the British city of Verulamium, now the city of St. Alban’s, was given shel...

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  • June 16, 2020 - 3:11 PM #MuseumFromHome: Pride Art and Activism

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    Over the years, the Cathedral has used art for activism to push for change in the LGBTQ+ community from our AIDS Memorial to works by Gabriel García Román, Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo & Andrew Mroczek, Cassils and more. This look back also lights a path forward for ways to push for change today.

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  • June 12, 2020 - 2:23 PM Music From Home: Cathedral Chorale

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    For Sunday's service, the full Cathedral Chorale came together virtually for the first time since our building closed to sing Jesus Bleibet.

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  • June 12, 2020 - 1:19 PM Cathedral From Home: Laura Bosley

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    This week on Cathedral From Home, we check in with Laura Bosley about what it's like to coordinate the Office of the Dean while not being physically in the office.