Welcome to the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
The Bryn Athyn Cathedral is situated on a hill overlooking the picturesque Pennypack Creek Valley in the borough of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. It is the central place of worship for Bryn Athyn Church and a gathering place for members of the New Church throughout the world.
The main construction of the Cathedral took place between the years 1913 and 1928 with work on the stained-glass windows and interior decoration continuing into the early 1940s and beyond. The main Cathedral building is Gothic, while the northern and southern buildings are in the early Romanesque style. The symbolic plan is based on the teachings of the New Church.
Plan a Visit
Hours of Operation
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Tours: Tuesday-Thursday, 1:15PM & 2:45PM, walk-ins accommodated, reservations recommended
Grounds: Sunrise to Sunset, except when closed for Church services and special events
We welcome you to attend Sunday worship services.
There are three in-person services: the 9:30AM Family Service, the 10:00AM Young Children's Service, and the 11:00AM Adult Service. All services are livestreamed. Masks are optional.
The beautiful and expansive grounds of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral are enjoyed by both church members and by many visitors from the extended community.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the serenity of the grounds daily from sunrise to sunset unless the grounds are closed for special events. Quiet and reflective activities are encouraged. Our intention is to establish a connection between the peaceful internal and external aspects of the Cathedral.
Please bear in mind that this sacred house of worship is an active church on private property. Pets, smoking, food, blankets or chairs, sunbathing, sports activities, riding toys, and loud noises are not permitted.
The primary purpose of the grounds surrounding the Cathedral is to support the activities and needs of the Bryn Athyn Church congregation and demonstrate our doctrine in a living way, while maintaining the Cathedral as the symbolic center of the New Church. The master landscaping plan for the grounds strives to combine the spiritual correspondences of the building and the landscape into one comprehensive whole. Providing a beautiful environment is important in creating an inspirational atmosphere for those who worship with us.
* Due to construction, the Small Chapel will be closed Monday through Thursday. It will be open Friday and Saturday when no church services are scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience. *
All are welcome to visit the Bryn Athyn Cathedral's Small Chapel for quiet prayer and reflection. The Small Chapel is open Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 1:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Note that the Cathedral and Small Chapel will be closed whenever there is a church service. Please enter the Small Chapel through the exterior door. We ask that you close the door behind you as you enter and exit the Chapel to prevent animals and environmental debris from getting in. Also, please silence your cellphones upon entering the Chapel. Click here for more information and for directions to the Small Chapel.
The Cathedral Book Room is open during normal Cathedral business hours or feel free to stop in when you're visiting for Sunday worship. The books in the book room focus on Swedenborg's writings and come from the General Church of the New Jerusalem, Swedenborg Foundation, Swedenborg Scientific, and Swedenborg Society. You can also find books written by New Church Ministers.
Portrait photography and celebration photography is not permitted. Wedding photography is only permitted for Cathedral weddings. Informal snapshots for personal use are welcome as well as building and garden photography. Please see our Cathedral Photography Policy for more details.
Weddings offer couples a chance to come before their families, friends and God to form a sacred bond. It is our privilege to support couples within our congregation as they begin their journey as a married couple. Read more about Wedding Services with the Bryn Athyn Church.
Please contact our wedding coordinator for more information at email@example.com.
Learn more about the New Church teachings on marriage.
Floor Renovation Project
The Social Hall and Bookroom floors at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral have been replaced. The project began in January and was completed in early March 2023.
Book a tour to visit the Cathedral or follow the Bryn Athyn Cathedral on Facebook to learn more. Video by Steve Conroy.