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Christ Church Cathedral (Nashville, Tennessee)

Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville.jpg
Basic information
Location900 Broadway Nashville, TN, USA
Geographic coordinates36°09′32″N 86°46′58″W / 36.158875°N 86.78283°W / 36.158875; -86.78283
ProvinceIV (Southeast)
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
LeadershipEpiscopal Diocese of Tennessee
Bishop: John C. Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee
Dean: Timothy Kimbrough
Architectural description
Architect(s)Francis Kimball[1] (Main building)
Russell E. Hart (Tower)
Architectural typeParish church
Architectural styleGothic revival
Completed1894 (Main building)
1947 (Tower)
Direction of façadeSouth

Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee, is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The congregation was founded in 1829 and became the diocesan cathedral, by designation, in 1997.

Music and liturgies

The Cathedral Choir at Christ Church has been recognized by the Nashville Scene for several years running as the "Best Church Music" in Nashville.[3] The 32-piece choir is currently directed by Michael Velting and performs weekly liturgies at the 11:00 services as well as other services throughout the year.[4]

In addition to four Sunday liturgies, the Cathedral maintains a rhythm of daily Morning Prayer and daily celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. Other special liturgies of the Cathedral that happen throughout the year include Choral Evensong (usually with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament), the Feast of St. Francis and blessing of animals, and the Feast of St. Nicholas.

Portrait of Bishop Leonidas Polk

The church includes a portrait of Bishop Leonidas Polk, painted by Cornelius Hankins.[5] Polk's grandson, W. Dudley Gale, who attended Christ Church Cathedral with his parents, donated the portrait and all his inheritance to the church in 1963.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "State of Tennessee Historical Markers: TN-NSH200 Christ Church Cathedral". Jason O. Watson. Retrieved 2007-12-08.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Christ Church Cathedral, 2001 May". Special Collections Division of the Nashville Public Library. May 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  3. ^ "Best of Nashville 2009 Readers' Poll".
  4. ^ []
  5. ^ a b "Christ Church Cathedral - Nashville, Tennessee: Polk, Bishop Leonidas". Tennessee Portrait Project. National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee. Retrieved September 22, 2017.

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