• March 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM Getting Through This

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    Earlier this week, Director of Human Resources John Tiebout sent a thoughtful memo on how to deal with some of the lesser talked about yet more difficult moments of the situation we find ourselves in. An edited version appears below. There has been a lot in the media about practical steps to take in order to diminish our chances of contacting the coronavirus. Frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer when soap and hot water aren’t available, staying in, physical distancing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, etc. But there hasn’t been a lot out there about handling the inevitable emotional effects of all of this—the fear of our loved ones and ourselves getting sick, the fear for our financial well-being, anger at how our lives have been disrupted, and...

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  • March 24, 2020 - 10:03 AM The Cathedral Steps Up

    By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 0 Comments

    Dear friends and colleagues, The past weeks have been a whirlwind of dismaying uncertainty, as across this great city our ingrained patterns of daily life were upended and summarily curtailed. Many of us are confused by the changes, and many of us are scared. My prayers are continually with the people of New York in this deeply trying period. But my thoughts are also lifted by the knowledge that our institutions and our communities are stronger than this pandemic. There has been another whirlwind of activity taking place: the rush of individuals and organizations stepping up to help their neighbors, to uplift the spirits of those who are most grievously impacted by the coronavirus. To all those who are struggling and to all those who are fearful of what the future will bring, I...

  • March 17, 2020 - 4:52 PM How do we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land

    By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 0 Comments

    Dear friends and colleagues, “How do we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4) When I was a counselor at a summer camp, I took my cabin of boys camping for an overnight trip down the river. We found a lovely small sand island and set up camp. We built a fire, cooked a good meal, sang songs and played games. Night came and we all crawled into our sleeping bags around the cozy fire and full of fellowship and fun, went to sleep. We were awakened later that night, the fire put out by a rising tide, our sleeping bags soaked, all our boats and supplies floated off down the river in complete and utter darkness, unable even to see one another. We held hands in a circle and sang songs. The community we formed in the night gave us courage until th...

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  • March 16, 2020 - 6:22 PM A Sermon by the Bishop of New York

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    On Sunday, March 15, the Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of New York, preached in an empty Cathedral on worship in the time of coronavirus. Watch the full service

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  • March 6, 2020 - 11:11 AM COVID-19 Updates

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    5:30 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020 Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Cathedral will be closed to the public until further notice. All worship services, including Sunday services, have been suspended. More information will be released soon about any video services. More decisions on upcoming programs and services, including how the Cathedral will observe Holy Week and Easter, are currently being determined. An update will follow shortly. Following the guidance of the New York City public schools, ACT Programs will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17. CCC will offer a bagged lunch during modified Sunday Soup Kitchen hour...

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  • February 25, 2020 - 1:58 PM How to Find Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Tapestries in America

    By Rebecca Merrill - 0 Comments

    Last week, the Vatican marked the 500th anniversary of Italian Renaissance artist Raphael’s death by hanging the full set of tapestries he designed for the Sistine Chapel in situ for the first time in more than 400 years. Appreciators of art and religion flocked to the site to get a glimpse of the masterpieces that are usually displayed behind conservation glass, but did you know that a set of tapestries based on Raphael’s same original cartoons, or designs, also exists at the Cathedral? Photo credit: Vatican Museums

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  • December 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM Conservators at Work: Caring for Your Family Textiles Workshop

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    In addition to conserving the Cathedral’s tapestries and working on projects of varying scope in the Lab, conservators from the Textile Conservation Laboratory teach classes throughout the New York City area on many aspects of their trade. Recently, conservator Valerie Soll partnered with the Museum of Chinese in America to teach a class for community members called on how to care for their own family textiles called “Caring for your Family Textiles: Materials, Handling & Storage.” Valerie worked through common storage problems, explained...

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  • December 5, 2019 - 12:26 PM Limited Access and Early Closings

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    There is currently no limited access in the Cathedral or early closings scheduled.

  • November 25, 2019 - 1:52 PM Help Make the Holidays Special for Families in Need

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    As the holidays draw near, many of us are thinking of those who might need some support to make the season special and warm. Cathedral Community Cares has many ways those looking to help can lend an extra hand. Toy DriveFrom December 1-18, CCC will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for infants, toddlers, children, and teens. Toys can be dropped off at the CCC offices in the Town Building through Wednesday, December 18th. Coat DriveThroughout the month of December, CCC will be collecting new or gently used jackets, gloves, scarves, hats, and other winter outerwear. Donations from city-wide drives do not arrive until January, so these items will...

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  • October 31, 2019 - 1:34 PM The Queen Mother and the Cathedral

    By Rebecca Merrill - 0 Comments

    If you’ve been to the Cathedral during Advent, you’ve likely noticed the beautiful blue frontal that covers the High Altar and possibly wondered how the Cathedral came into the possession of fabric with the British crown and rose details. On October 31, 1954, a year after her daughter's coronation, the Queen Mother attended a Sunday service at the Cathedral as a part of a visit to New York City. She was greeted by Bishop Hoarce W. B. Donegan and addressed visitors outside before entering and unveiling the Cathedral’s motherhood window. Bishop Donegan greets the Queen Mother, October 31, 1954. View more photos of the visit in a

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  • September 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM Blessing of the Animals Tapestry

    By Susan Martin Maffei - 0 Comments

    Susan Martin Maffei is an internationally known tapestry artist who began coming to the Cathedral in the mid-1980s while working as a weaver at the Scheuer Tapestry Studio to work with Bruce Hutchison, then director of the Textile Conservation Lab. In this post, she recalls how she was inspired to weave the Blessing of the Animals tapestry. I visited the Cathedral often to see the new carvings on one of the front entrances and to visit the tapestries. One morning I stumbled on crowds of people surrounding the church at what I would learn was the Feast of Saint Francis service with their pets being interviewed and filmed by television personalities. I was amazed at the variet...

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  • September 3, 2019 - 1:02 PM A Sermon from St. Paul's Cathedral, London

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    The Cathedral Choristers have returned to New York City from their trip to the U.K., but memories of the visit will surely linger on over the months and years to come. While the choristers were abroad, they spent time singing in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, participating in a cultural exchange of music and spirituality with our English neighbors. On August 18, during the choristers' residency, the following sermon was preached at St. Paul's Cathedral by The Rev. Michael Burns, Vicar of Christ Church West Wimbledon. In the spirit of extending that same cultural exchange, the full text of the sermon is included below. 350 years ago in 1669, the task of designing a replacement structure for the old St. Paul's Cathedral was officially assigned to the architect Sir Christ...

  • August 27, 2019 - 1:18 PM 2019 St. Francis Day Fair and Blessing of the Animals FAQ

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    What is the Feast of Saint Francis? The Feast of Saint Francis is observed by Christians around the world every year on October 4 to commemorate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. At the Cathedral, we celebrate this Feast on the first Sunday of October. For over 30 years, the celebration has included a Festal Eucharist featuring the Procession of Animals and Paul Winter and Paul Halley’s Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) performed by the Paul Winter Consort, Cathedral Choir and visiting choirs followed by the St. Francis Day Fair and Blessing of the Animals on the Pulpit Green. How is the Cathedral celebrating this year? This year we will celebrate on Sunday, October 6 with an aft...

  • August 27, 2019 - 12:01 PM Memorial Art Gallery Survey

    By Rebecca Merrill - 0 Comments

    For over 15 years, the Textile Conservation Lab at the Cathedral has worked with the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) at the University of Rochester in New York on surveying their collection of tapestries, embroideries, ecclesiastic textiles, small domestic needlework, lace, costumes, and ethnographic pieces among many others. Grant funding made the work possible in three phases (tapestries, embroideries, and then the rest) to provide MAG with a better understanding of the depth and breadth of their collection with an immediate goal to design new, appropriate storage for the collection.

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  • August 21, 2019 - 2:55 PM Frederick Franck's Banner of Humankind

    By Rebecca Merrill - 0 Comments

    In addition to the AIDS banner, another piece the Textile Conservation Lab has taken in after the Cathedral's Palm Sunday fire is Frederick Franck’s Banner of Humankind. The Lab was quite familiar with the banner, having cleaned it after the fire in the Cathedral in 2001. Most recently, the banner was re-hung as a part of the exhibition Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls

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  • August 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM AIDS Memorial Banner

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    While the Cathedral is undergoing a massive cleaning this summer, all of the objects that were in the Cathedral during April’s fire are also being cleaned. Luckily for us, the Cathedral houses the Textile Conservation Lab, one of the world’s premiere conservation labs. One of the projects the Lab has taken on is the AIDS Memorial banner. The Cathedral’s AIDS Memorial, located in the Medical Bay

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  • August 1, 2019 - 2:39 PM Scaffolding Week!

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    This week was scaffolding week at the Cathedral as crews both inside and out worked to erect massive scaffolding. Outside, crews working to repair the dome scaled the south side of the Cathedral, which, at times, blocked off parts of the Upper Drive. At the same time, ACT’s water carnival filled the drive with water rides, providing a much needed cool-down from this week’s high temperatures. Inside the Cathedral, workers began building the scaffolding in the Great Choir and in the Chapel of St. James that will be used for workers to clean the su...

  • July 22, 2019 - 4:32 PM Update on the Feast of St. Francis 2019

    By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 6 Comments

    For over 125 years, our famously unfinished Cathedral has been a work in progress. Now is no different: currently we are undertaking the massive task of cleaning the entire Cathedral in the wake of a fire that occurred on April 14, Palm Sunday. Though the fire itself was small, the resulting smoke that filled the Cathedral left behind residue that, if left unattended, could create massive consequences for years to come. The work is necessary but is not easy. We’ve had to make tough decisions about closing off parts of the...

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  • July 1, 2019 - 10:34 AM Limited Access and Early Closings in the Cathedral: Fire Clean Up 2019

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    Information updated 12/2/19 Cleaning and Conservation On Palm Sunday 2019, a fire in the Cathedral's Crypt filled the building with smoke. In the immediate aftermath, workers cleaned everything in the Cathedral below 10 feet. Over the summer and fall, workers are undertaking an extensive project to clean and conserve everything above 10 feet. This work will lead to ongoing and intermittent limited access to many parts of the Cathedral and change where many services and other activities take place. We thank you in advance for your understanding and continued support of this living Cathedral. Ongoing Limited Access...

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  • June 24, 2019 - 11:56 AM Care Beyond Borders: Care Beyond Borders: Centering Women and Girls in Humanitarian Response Efforts

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    On June 12, 2019, as a part of the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, the Cathedral presented a conversation with International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region on the impact of climate disasters and political upheaval on the healthcare of women of reproductive age in Latin America, the Caribbean, Venezuela, and Colombia. Below is the audio and a transcript of the conversation. Moderated by Alexander Sanger,...

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