Cathedral School of St John

★★★★☆

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In the first place, the other reviewer said it was Roman Catholic, and that's an error. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is Episcopal.

This is a gigantic building featuring a cacaphony of artwork: paintings, statues, all sorts of stuff. Some of it is VERY beautiful, but frankly, some of it is so ugly that it's insulting to your intelligence that anyone would pass it off as art. And whoever put the whole thing together seemed to be unable to distinguish the two.

The real problem, though, is the church service. It felt very shallow - a whole lot of fuss, but nothing REAL underneath it. No core. I didn't feel like I was at church at all - I felt like I was at a show, and a show that the actors didn't much want to participate in. I felt like there was no spirit here. Just large ecclesiastical bureaucracy. And the organist is very heavy handed, and makes everything sound like a dirge.

I have been to any number of high-church Episcopal Services - lots of smoke, and music, and chanting, but always with a genuine feeling that it truly was something sacred, not just fuss. That's missing at the Cathedral. Here, it just feels like a lot of fuss.

The building is huge, but the whole thing feels cold. It's like a museum, instead of a church. And there are FAR better museums.

And Riverside - which is right nearby - is prettier and more awe-inspiring.

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In the first place, the other reviewer said it was Roman Catholic, and that's an error. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is Episcopal.

This is a gigantic building featuring a cacaphony of artwork: paintings, statues, all sorts of stuff. Some of it is VERY beautiful, but frankly, some of it is so ugly that it's insulting to your intelligence that anyone would pass it off as art. And whoever put the whole thing together seemed to be unable to distinguish the two.

The real problem, though, is the church service. It felt very shallow - a whole lot of fuss, but nothing REAL underneath it. No core. I didn't feel like I was at church at all - I felt like I was at a show, and a show that the actors didn't much want to participate in. I felt like there was no spirit here. Just large ecclesiastical bureaucracy. And the organist is very heavy handed, and makes everything sound like a dirge.

I have been to any number of high-church Episcopal Services - lots of smoke, and music, and chanting, but always with a genuine feeling that it truly was something sacred, not just fuss. That's missing at the Cathedral. Here, it just feels like a lot of fuss.

The building is huge, but the whole thing feels cold. It's like a museum, instead of a church. And there are FAR better museums.

And Riverside - which is right nearby - is prettier and more awe-inspiring.

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This is a church for Roman catholics, but also has lots of events happening throughout the year. They have performances, art exhibits, and tours of the church, which is in a state of construction. They are constantly working to make its appearance better for everyone.

See their website for a list of mass times and also events schedules.

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This is a church for Roman catholics, but also has lots of events happening throughout the year. They have performances, art exhibits, and tours of the church, which is in a state of construction. They are constantly working to make its appearance better for everyone.

See their website for a list of mass times and also events schedules.

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Growing up near the Cathedral, and participating in some of it's ceremonies, I can say that not only is the Cathedral itself magnificent, but the grounds are just as magical. It is a sanctuary in the middle of an urban jungle. With it supporting buildings just as architectually detailed and the peacocks walking around the grounds, it truely is an oasis.

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Growing up near the Cathedral, and participating in some of it's ceremonies, I can say that not only is the Cathedral itself magnificent, but the grounds are just as magical. It is a sanctuary in the middle of an urban jungle. With it supporting buildings just as architectually detailed and the peacocks walking around the grounds, it truely is an oasis.

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God is in the details. No where could that be more true than here at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

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God is in the details. No where could that be more true than here at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Pros: awe-inspiring

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This is a special event held every year. We stumbled on a notice of it during a bus tour and came back. Very spiritual and very moving.

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This is a special event held every year. We stumbled on a notice of it during a bus tour and came back. Very spiritual and very moving.

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Nice to see once. Can get crowded on the weekends.

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Nice to see once. Can get crowded on the weekends.

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St. John the Divine is a cultural mish-mash of art, music and poetry. The church itself is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world rivaling any in europe.

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St. John the Divine is a cultural mish-mash of art, music and poetry. The church itself is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world rivaling any in europe.

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This magnificent cathedral is a must see for all that come to NYC. In addition to the regular Sunday services, there all many unique culturally & musically inspired programs held here. After a tragic fire in 2001, the famous gift shop operated by
the Cathedral in currently being reconstructed. So the patronage of all is definitely welcome & well worth it. A more beautiful & community oriented cathedral can not be found!

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★★★★★

This magnificent cathedral is a must see for all that come to NYC. In addition to the regular Sunday services, there all many unique culturally & musically inspired programs held here. After a tragic fire in 2001, the famous gift shop operated by
the Cathedral in currently being reconstructed. So the patronage of all is definitely welcome & well worth it. A more beautiful & community oriented cathedral can not be found!

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This church demands reverance. It is so massive and stately. A true marvel right in the middle of the city.

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This church demands reverance. It is so massive and stately. A true marvel right in the middle of the city.

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Stunning and gorgeous! You must see a concert there. I saw a chamber music festival there once and was in absolute rapture, even though I am not affiliated with the Church in any way. Or if that's not your thing, just go for the complete shock of entering from the street, it's like you've crossed over into a completely different time and place.

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Stunning and gorgeous! You must see a concert there. I saw a chamber music festival there once and was in absolute rapture, even though I am not affiliated with the Church in any way. Or if that's not your thing, just go for the complete shock of entering from the street, it's like you've crossed over into a completely different time and place.

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Not only will this be the world's largest cathedral when it's completed (if it ever is), it will also be the last one to be constructed with traditional methods. Look at the fascinating statuary around the main doors, it was all carved by local students who trained at the stone-carving workshop at the cathedral. Even in its unfinished state, the space inside the cathedral is awesome. I think you could probably fit St. Patrick's whole inside the main sanctuary. Go when there's an organ concert on, the music reverberates for minutes at a time.

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Not only will this be the world's largest cathedral when it's completed (if it ever is), it will also be the last one to be constructed with traditional methods. Look at the fascinating statuary around the main doors, it was all carved by local students who trained at the stone-carving workshop at the cathedral. Even in its unfinished state, the space inside the cathedral is awesome. I think you could probably fit St. Patrick's whole inside the main sanctuary. Go when there's an organ concert on, the music reverberates for minutes at a time.

 

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