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. Here is a short video on iconography of the Cathedral.
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!
3500 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Phone: 202 333 5060