Easter Church Services in New York City

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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In a large city like New York, there are more than 2,000 churches you could go to for Easter Sunday. However, if you also hope on attending the city's traditional Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, a fun pastel-colored romp through the streets, consider choosing one of these iconic and historic Manhattan churches. For what to do after church, check out some of the other events going on in the city beyond the services and the parade, such as attending a special Easter brunch or taking the kids out for an egg hunt.

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Trinity Church & St. Paul's Chapel

From Wall Street in NYC looking west to Trinity Church

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Built during the 19th century, Trinity Church is one of the city's most historic churches and is perhaps best known for surviving the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks without damage despite the church's close proximity to the World Trade Center. On Easter, the first mass typically takes place at 8 a.m. and services continue until noon.

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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

The "Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church" (right) and "The Peninsula New York" (left), Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City

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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (FAPC) is located in the heart of Midtown and is best known for having great acoustics thanks to its sloping auditorium. This makes it a prime spot if you particularly look forward to choir music. On Easter Sunday, the church usually holds services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

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Saint Thomas Church

St. Thomas church

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In Midtown, Saint Thomas is an Episcopal church that welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year. On Easter Sunday, you can attend mass either at 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. and the church has a nursery in case you need to drop the kids off at child care. Later in the afternoon, you can catch the choir at 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. for a special recital and the Solemn Evensong, which will be sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Many will argue that St. Patrick's Cathedral on 50th Street and 5th Avenue is New York City's most famous church. A popular tourist attraction, the cathedral welcomes more than 5 million visitors each year. If you'll be busy on Easter Sunday, you can try to catch the Saturday Vigil at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Easter services run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Note that in the morning, some services are held without music and a special mass for Spanish speakers will be held in the afternoon. Tickets can only be obtained by entering the online lottery.

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St. John the Divine

In Morningside Heights, St. John the Divine is a massive Anglican cathedral that took almost a century to build. There are a number of services held throughout the day on Easter, beginning with the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and concluding with the Festal Evensong at 4 p.m. If you are looking to spend the day volunteering, there is also a soup kitchen being organized for 10 a.m.

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