Pastoral Services

The Office of the Pastor of the Cathedral is available to help with the pastoral needs of those who come to the Cathedral seeking pastoral care—someone with whom to speak in times of crisis, a spiritual home, or the sacramental celebration of a major life event as with a wedding or a funeral. For additional information about any pastoral services, please email pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 316-7483.

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings

The Episcopal Church recognizes Holy Matrimony as a sacramental rite in which two people enter into a lifelong union. They speak their vows before God and in the presence of the Church, receiving grace from God to help them fulfill the promises they have made. At its General Convention in 2015, the Church made the rites of Holy Matrimony accessible to same-sex as well as different-sex couples, and the Cathedral upholds that decision.

Couples who have a relationship to the Cathedral are encouraged to celebrate their marriage here. We welcome others to meet with the Pastor to explore whether Saint John the Divine is the right place for your wedding.

Cathedral clergy must officiate wedding ceremonies according to the Book of Common Prayer for all wedding ceremonies that take place at the Cathedral. For the details on having a wedding at the Cathedral, please see our wedding policies and procedures. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the Pastoral Care Office at pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org.

Funerals

The Cathedral stands ready to provide support to people as they lose loved ones to death. Our priests provide pastoral care to those who mourn and help arrange for funeral or memorial services at the Cathedral. Various ministers on the Cathedral staff, including our organists and other musicians, will work to provide a dignified and appropriate service. Cathedral clergy must preside at all funerals held here.

Saint John the Divine hosts services for those who regularly worship here as well as others for whom this is a place of spiritual and religious significance. Our services are based upon the Burial Rites of the Book of Common Prayer. Within the structure of those rites, many options are offered, such as selections of Biblical readings and prayers. This allows the service to reflect the life of the person who has died as well as the circumstances of those left behind. Ideally, arrangements for burial from Saint John the Divine should be made well before death. The Canon Pastor and other priests on staff would be happy to do advance planning with you or your loved ones. To discuss funerals, please contact the Pastoral Care office at pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org.

The Columbarium

Named after the Latin word for "dove," symbol of love and peace, a columbarium is a dignified space where niches are placed to house the ashes of the deceased, where they may be honored and remembered. The Cathedral's Columbarium is open to all people. Its more than 500 vaults, covered with the warm hues of Rojo, Amber and Carrera marble, are situated under two great stained glass windows depicting Old and New Testament scenes. The Chapel of St. Ansgar, where most vaults and niches are located, provides a quiet meditation space for those visiting the Columbarium and also a suitable place for memorial services preceding committals.

Currently, niches and vaults are not for sale in the Cathedral’s Columbarium. For inquiries about committals and other issues concerning the Columbarium please contact the Pastoral Care Office at pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org.

Baptisms

Baptism is the sacrament by which a person is joined to Christ and becomes a member of the Church. The Catechism of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer elaborates that, “Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.”

Baptism brings with it both the gifts and the obligations of membership in the Church. We at the Cathedral welcome those who feel called to explore this sacrament. Whenever discussion and discernment leads to a person being baptized, it is an event of great joy for us. The exploration alone, no matter what a person may decide, is a rich and holy experience.

In the Episcopal Church, we baptize both adults who have come to have faith in Christ and children whose guardians present them for the sacrament. We believe, with Christians from at least the fourth century, that Baptism creates an eternal bond between the person and God. We do not, therefore, re-baptize those who were previously baptized, whether in the Episcopal Church or in another context. However, we would be delighted to explore with any baptized persons membership in the Episcopal Church.

The Congregation of Saint Saviour, as the Cathedral parish, welcomes all who are interested in exploring what baptism means for their spiritual life. We encourage those who are interested to attend Sunday service and introduce themselves to the priests to begin their journey to baptism. If you have any questions, you may contact pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org.

Prayer Requests and Healing Ministries

Healing Ministries

Healing Eucharist on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm

On Wednesdays at 12:15 pm, the daily Eucharist includes a time of prayer for healing, the laying on of hands, and Unction (anointing with oil) by a priest.

Healing Prayer during the 11 am Sunday Eucharist

During the time of Communion, trained lay people are available to pray with you in the Chapel of St. James.

Prayer Requests

The Pastoral Care office provides and collects prayer cards in the Cathedral’s Narthex. Your prayers will be included in the daily Eucharistic (Communion) services. If you wish to have a further conversation, you may include your contact information. For more information, please email pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 316-7483.

Pastoral Psychotherapy

If you wish to see a professional psychotherapist to help you build your spiritual energy, please contact The Rev. Dr. John Bauman at (212) 932-7346.

Confession

Confession is available by appointment. To schedule, please contact the Pastoral Care office at pastoralcare@stjohndivine.org or (212) 316-7483.

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