• 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 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 - 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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  • 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 - 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 10, 2020 - 12:29 PM #MuseumFromHome: Portal of Paradise - Episode 1

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    The Cathedral's Portal of Paradise on the Western Facade is one of the most seen and most misunderstood features of this great building. In this four part series, senior guide Tom Fedorek takes a closer look at the Portal to get beyond the misconceptions.

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  • May 27, 2020 - 2:26 PM #MuseumFromHome: FDNY Memorial

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    As the Director of Public Education and Visitor Services, one of my favorite things to do at work is to walk through the Cathedral admiring the architecture, stained glass windows, and incredible art. One of the pieces in the Cathedral that I find extremely interesting is the Firefighter Memorial, a sculpture by Ralph Feldman located in the Labor Bay. I remember the first time I entered the Cathedral and saw this striking 35-foot high sculpture. It reminded me of all the brave men and women of the Fire Department of New York, or the FDNY as they are known. It also took me back to my childhood in rural Wisconsin and the local rescue squad that my father, a former volunteer firefighter in the suburbs of Chicago, helped to start back in the 1970s. Most people are unaware that the m...

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  • May 20, 2020 - 11:29 AM Museum From Home: Cathedral Subway Station?

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    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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  • May 12, 2020 - 3:35 PM Museum from Home: Memorial to September 11

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    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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  • May 5, 2020 - 9:37 AM Museum From Home: Life of Christ

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    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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  • April 29, 2020 - 11:20 AM Museum From Home: Medical Bay

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    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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  • April 16, 2020 - 4:01 PM Holy Week Pilgrimage: Episode Three

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    Today's stop on the Holy Week Pilgrimage spotlights Jesus' healing miracles as expressed in the Cathedral, including the Medicine Bay, which holds the Cathedral's AIDS Memorial as well as a window depicting both Saint Luke and the page Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine. PREVIOUS EPISODESWatch Episode One >Watch Episode Two >...

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  • April 16, 2020 - 4:03 PM Holy Week Pilgrimage: Episode Four

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    Today on the Holy Week Pilgrimage, we learn more about the rituals of the church--from baptism to funerals--and how, why, and where they are performed. PREVIOUS EPISODESWatch Episode One >Watch Episode Two >Watch Episode Three >

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  • April 16, 2020 - 4:05 PM Holy Week Pilgrimage: Episode Five

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    We've made it to the end of our Holy Week Pilgrimage! In today's fifth and final episode, we learn about some of the more nuanced parts of The Episcopal Tradition, from why the clergy wear specific colors to why someone is called a "Canon." Thank you for joining us on this journey! PREVIOUS EPISODESWatch Episode One >Watch Episode Two >

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  • April 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM Holy Week Pilgrimage: Episode Two

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    In today's Holy Week Pilgrimage episode, we enter the Cathedral from the west and start at the beginning—with Jesus' life, learning about the liturgical year and different ways this is represented through the building. PREVIOUS EPISODESWatch Episode One > NEXT EPISODES

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  • April 16, 2020 - 3:57 PM Holy Week Pilgrimage: Episode One

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    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. In episode one, we see how the story of Palm Sunday is told in the Western Facade of the Cathedral. NEXT EPISODES

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  • April 16, 2020 - 3:54 PM Museum From Home: Vertical Tour

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    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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