History: St Patricks Cathedral is the largest gothic style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognized throughout its history as a center of Catholic life in this country.
The Cathedral was begun in 1858 to replace the original St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is used today as a parish church at 263 Mulberry Street. The cornerstone was laid in August of that year, and, after a suspension of work during the years of Civil War, work resumed in 1865, opening the doors in May, 1879.
Each year over 3 million people visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Cathedral seats about 2,200 people. The exterior length is about 405 feet; the width is 274 feet. The spires rise 330 feet from street level. The Cathedral has three organs. The Archbishops of New York are buried in a crypt under the high altar. Their honorary hats, called galeros, hang from the ceiling over their tombs.
The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan. On May 11, 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of New York. He was installed at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick on June 19, 2000.
The Stations of the Cross are works of art which won first prize at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The Pieta, by American sculptor William O. Partridge, is three times larger than Michangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s, Rome. The Rose Window measures 26 feet in diameter. It shines above the great organ, which has more than 7,000 pipes. The Great Bronze Doors, facing Fifth Avenue, weigh 20,000 lbs.
Location: 14 East 51st Street, Midtown Manhattan
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4.
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Admission: No admission charge.
Hours: 7:30am to 8:30pm daily.
SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE:
Saturday: 5:30 PM Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
Sunday Morning Masses:
7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:15 (Cardinal’s Mass)
Sunday Afternoon Masses: 12:00, 1:00, 4:00, 5:30
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE:
Morning Masses: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30
Afternoon Masses: 12:00, 12:30, 1:00. 5:30
SATURDAY MASS SCHEDULE:
Morning Masses: 8:00, 8:30 (Lady Chapel)
Afternoon Masses: 12:00, 12:30
Evening Mass: 5:30 (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE:
Morning Masses: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 11:00, 11:30
Afternoon Masses: 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 5:30, 6:30
After every morning weekday Mass and from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Monday through Friday, in the Lady Chapel from 9 AM to 6 PM
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament follows evening devotions:
Monday Miraculous Medal Novena 6:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday Rosary 6:00 PM
Wednesday Scripture Service 6:00 PM
Friday Litany of the Sacred Heart 6:00 PM
First Friday of every month:
Nocturnal Adoration in the Lady Chapel from 9:00 PM to 7:30 AM Saturday
Stations of the Cross at 6:00 PM on Wednesday and Friday except Ash Wednesday
Advisory: Allow a minimum of 30 minutes to visit the cathedral.
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