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Welcome to St. Nicholas Cathedral!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

ΧριστοςΑνεστι! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Хрїстóсъ воскрéсе! Воистину воскресе!

ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!

 The Paschal Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon


Schedule of Services for the Holy Week and Pascha:

April 19 Holy Saturday/Nocturne, Procession,

Matins and PASCHAL Liturgy, 11:30pm

April 20 PASCHAL Liturgy, 9:30 am

April 20 PASCHA/Vespers and Procession, Noon


Blessing of Pascha Basckets: Saturday April 19th after 9:30am morning Liturgy and in the evening from 10pm to 11pm.

Sunday, April 20th after Paschal Vespers, which starts at noon.


Welcome to St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Primatial Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America – the youngest Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the world (1970)!

We are glad that God led you here and wish you many blessings and spiritual gifts from our Lord Jesus Christ!

St. Nicholas Cathedral is a part of the two thousand year-old unbroken church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy came to America two hundred years ago, first to Alaska, and is now present throughout the new world with more than 2 million faithful of all Orthodox Jurisdictions.

The St. Nicholas community, founded as a Russian Church in 1930, acquired the current property in 1951, and completed the present church in 1962. The church was painted with traditional Greek-Russian fresco icons in 1992-94.

Iconography of the Orthodox Church exists for many centuries to preach and communicate to the world the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Based on the incarnation of the Son of God, who became man and dwelled among us, icons are traced to the very beginnings of Christianity. They communicate to the people, most of whom through the centuries were illiterate, the Divine Truth revealed in the Gospel of our Lord.

Saint Nicholas is a place where we gather together on Sundays and Feast Days to hear the Word of God, to say our Common Prayers, and to celebrate the Eucharist (to give thanks to the Lord and to share in the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ).

Our newest members are received into Church by being baptized and chrismated; new families are created through the Sacrament of Marriage; prayers for the sick are said; the blessings for different events received.

Our Cathedral is the final stop for departed members, where the church gives them their last earthly farewell before they go to the Heavenly Father.

On weekdays our Cathedral is a place of private prayer, meditation, lighting of a candle, quiet reading of the Scripture, and appreciation of its beauty. 

We sincerely hope that you will keep in your mind and heart the memory of your visit to our church and that one day you will return.

May God keep you blessed and safe in your life’s journey!

Here are some recent events which took place at St. Nicholas Cathedral:

 New: Outreach to the poor at Christ House. Sunday July 14 2013.

A new page was added to our website: OUR VISITORS SAY:

"...I was very glad that, through God's mercy, I had the opportunity to pray in your splendid church.  It is wonderful
          that the doors of your church are always open.  Thank you for all your help and attention."

 "...Thank you for meeting us for our school project interview...the rich tradition of Orthodoxy is much
                                  better understood now..."

Congratulations to our newly elected Parish President, Claire Nobles!
We also congratulate our new members of the Parish Council: Nino Burjanadze-Willsea, Paul Moser, Sharon Osmolovsky, Elena Ponomarenko, and alternates to the Council: Paul Grenier and Peter Vlasov. God’s blessings and guidance in their service to the Church!
We thank our former Parish President, Barbara Rhenish and Parish Council Members, Ann Alaoglu, Bill Corcoran, Marilyn Swezey whose term ended this year for the work accomplished during their service on the Council.
            Our Sunday School classes packed numerous bags of non-perishable food for a charity which distributes them to children of poor families who need nourishment during the weekends because their only meals are taken at school on weekdays.
St. Nicholas parishioners have reason to be gratified by their support and cooperation which makes such events a success.

Pastoral Care at St. Nicholas Cathedral

Clergy are in the office on a daily basis and available for talk, confession, pastoral counseling, spiritual care, individual prayer, moleben and panikhida, as well as for meetings and tours of the Cathedral. 
If you want to set up the appointment, please call or e-mail:

Fr. George – 703-801-9911 cell phone, gkokhno@gmail.com
Fr. Valery - 202-441-0026 cell phone, shemchukv@gmail.com
Pastoral Care Page




Upcoming Services
Saturday, April 19th
Great and Holy Saturday
9:30 AM Vespers and the Liturgy
From 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM - Blessing of the Baskets
11:30 PM Nocturns (E&S)
Sunday, April 20th
Midnight Paschal Matins
1:00 AM Paschal Liturgy (E&S)
9:30 AM Paschal Liturgy (E&S)
12:00 PM Paschal Vespers followed by the Blessing of the Baskets
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