The Cathedral of the Incarnation is an Episcopal church in Garden City, New York, and the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. The Cathedral was established in 1876 as a memorial to and mausoleum for Garden City founder, Alexander Turney Stewart. The building is a classic, imposing example of Gothic Revival architecture, with its high main tower and dozens of finials.
No building in the Village of Garden City can be taller than the cathedral. One effect of this law was that condos that were put in the Village of Garden City, behind the Garden City Hotel, were put into a depression so that they would not be higher than the cathedral.
The Cathedral is known for its historic music ministry, now led by Canon Lawrence Tremsky. The Men and Boys Choir, which originated during the 19th century, was the reason that the Garden City train station was initially constructed—to transport the boys from their homes in Brooklyn or Manhattan to rehearsals and services at the Cathedral. During the 1930s, the Cathedral formed the first American cathedral girls' choir. The women's choir is known as the Schola Cantorum. These 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, Anglican Chant Psalms). Special seasonal liturgies include traditional Lessons and Carols one or two Sundays before Christmas.
The Cathedral is notable for its stained glass windows and icons. The Mural Ikon of Pantokrator that is permanently installed at the Cathedral is by American iconographer Guillermo Esparza and is part of the U.S. National archives.
The Cathedral is user- and family-friendly, welcoming people of all ages and creeds to participate in worship. It offers three regular weekly services at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:15 AM on Sundays; the 9:30 and 11:15 services feature choral music.