Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City

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The Cathedral of the Incarnation is an Episcopal Cathedral in Garden City, New York. It is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

Built to the memory of Alexander Turney Stewart, the Cathedral of the Incarnation is the only cathedral in the United States funded by a single person, and the only one that is built in memory of a single individual. The cathedral is a product of Gothic Revival architecture.

The Cathedral is historically known for its music ministry, led by Canon Lawrence Tremsky (Northwestern University, M.M.). The Men & Boys Choir, which originated during the 19th century, was the reason that the train station in this area was initially constructed - to transport the boys from their homes in Brooklyn or Manhattan to rehearsals and services. During the 1930s, the Cathedral formed the first American cathedral girls' choir - known as the Schola Cantorum. The choirs sing a repertoire of choral music, from plainsong to modern works, selected carefully to coincide with the themes of the season. Evensong is sung on the first Sunday of each month in the traditional English cathedral model (Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, an anthem, and Anglican Chant Psalms). Special seasonal liturgies include traditional "Lessons & Carols" one or two Sundays before Christmas.

The Cathedral is notable for its stained glass windows and icons. The mural icon of Christ Pantokrator, permanently installed at the Cathedral, was crafted by the American artist Guillermo Esparza.

A new organ was constructed by the firm Casavant Frères Limitée in 1986 on the 110th Anniversary of the passing of Mr. Stewart.

Tours are offered upon request, as well as the Cathedral being open from 9 AM to 4 PM (Tuesday - Friday).

Three regular weekly services are offered at 8 AM, 9:15 AM, and 11:15 AM; the 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM services feature choral music by the Cathedral Choirs.

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  • This is a beautiful, historical cathedral. The village of Garden City was built by Alexander Stewart The village was built around the cathedral, a hotel, 2 cathedral schools (now both closed), 12...  more »
  • Walked into the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City NY on a Sunday. It’s a very beautiful church. Looks a lot bigger from the outside. There was a practice for an upcoming classical music...  more »
  • Indeed a work of art that brings both history and architecture together spiritually in the Gothic Revival style. This Cathedral underwent a significant renovation and has managed to merge the old and the new. They make a concerted effort to involve membership and invite you to enjoy this magnificent edifice. They have events open to the public, and you can sit comfortably as you listen. Services are held regularly including a Blessing of the Animals that draws a large crowd. They have accomplished Choirs and rival those one imagines you'd see in Europe or at a famous concert hall. On the expansive grounds, they hold a Memorial Day Fair and Craft Show. Weather permitting, this is a delightful way to enjoy and spend the afternoon. Even if you are not Episcopal, all are welcome to participate here and visit. And for those who enjoy gardens, there is a large, old Hawthorn located here that was a gift to the Church from England. History lives on in Garden City.
  • The Episcopal Church welcomes you. In summer there’s an outdoor service that’s kid- and pet-friendly. During the rest of the year there’s a family service (say hi to Cornelia the unicorn) and a choral service with a superb choir.
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