Christ Church Cathedral (Nashville, Tennessee)

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Christ Church Cathedral
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Basic information

900 Broadway

Nashville, TN, USA
Geographic coordinates 36°09′32″N 86°46′58″W / 36.158875°N 86.78283°W / 36.158875; -86.78283Coordinates: 36°09′32″N 86°46′58″W / 36.158875°N 86.78283°W / 36.158875; -86.78283
Affiliation ECUSA
Province IV (Southeast)
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Leadership The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt
Rector: The Very Revd. Timothy Kimbrough
Architectural description
Architect(s) Francis Kimball[1] (Main building)
Russell E. Hart (Tower)
Architectural type Parish church
Architectural style Gothic revival
Direction of façade South
Completed 1894 (Main building)
1947 (Tower)
Materials Sandstone[2]

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[edit]

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]

First Friday[edit]

Christ Church is the home of First Friday services, done in conjunction with the church's "Sacred Space" series. First Friday is held on the first Friday of each month and includes a unique blend of Episcopal liturgy, liturgical dance, visual arts, and music. Centered on the Eucharist, the service follows the liturgical calendar and uses the cues of the seasons as starting points for the service. For instance, in the November 2006 service, centered on All Saints Day and the Mexican Dia de los muertos, the Gothic sanctuary was decked out in bright colors, dancers wore bright Mexican-style clothes, and the music was inspired by Mexican conjunto and mariachi styles.

First Friday has been recognized by the Episcopal News Service as "the Episcopal answer to the turbulent trend of contemporary worship in American religious life".[5]


  1. ^ "State of Tennessee Historical Markers: TN-NSH200 Christ Church Cathedral". Jason O. Watson. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  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". 
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  5. ^ Waddle, Ray (2003-03-25). "Worship in Nashville cathedral explores 'sacred soul space'". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 

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