Orthodox Church of the Mother of God website - Home page
Welcome to the official website of the
Orthodox Church of the Mother of God,
Joy of all the Sorrowful
We are a growing parish in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).
We are in historic Mays Landing, New Jersey, easily reachable near where Route 40 meets Route 50 in Atlantic County.
115 Hudson St.
Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
Turnersville, NJ 08012
- Category: Schedule of Services
Great Lent Services 2017
March 22 (Wednesday) 6:30PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with potluck to follow
March 25 (Saturday) Vespers 6:30PM
March 26 (Sunday) 10AM Divine Liturgy celebrating Annunciation and St. John Clim
March 29(Wednesday) 6:30PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with potluck to follow
April 1 (Saturday) Vespers 6:30PM
April 2(Sunday) 10AM Liturgy, St. Mary of Egypt
April 5(Wednesday) 6:30PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with potluck to follow,
April 8 (Saturday) Vespers 6:30PM Panahida for the departed to follow
April 9 (Sunday) Divine Liturgy 10AM Sunday of Entry into Jerusalem
- Category: Videos
Homily on “Great Lent” -- Seven Questions, Seven Answers
His Grace, Michael ~ Bishop of New York & the Diocese of New York and New Jersey
Bishop Michael offers a new video installment in the acclaimed “Lessons in Our Faith” series. The topic is “Great Lent (Our Spiritual Life).” Using his popular 7 Questions & 7 Answers format, His Grace presents the fundamental teaching and experience of the Church regarding this subject in a clear and concise manner ... in 8 minutes. (See all the Lessons in Our Faith talks posted on our diocesan website.)
- Category: Orthodox Church
Archpastoral Letter for the Great Fast 2017
Prot. No. 01-001/2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Dearly Beloved Members of our Diocesan Family:
Christ is in our midst! – He is and ever shall be!
Once again, the Church beckons us to begin the sacred season of Great Lent, providing us with the spirit with which we are to enter into it from the Vespers of Forgiveness Sunday: “Let us enter the Fast with joy, O faithful …”
- Category: Saints and Icons
(the Icon of the Mother of God "the Joy of All the Sorrowful" is Commemorated on July 23, October 24, and November 19)
About the Patron of our Parish
By Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos
Deep within the heart of the Church, in the place where sorrow and joy meet and where our bitter tears are kissed away by a mother's love, we encounter the Most Holy Mother of God. The Church in its devotion to the Ever-Virgin Mary has always known that she is a mystery and a gift given to us by God. The Theotokos is a mystery that can be experienced and encountered, and yet never explained or described in words of logic and science, and she is a gift that brings radiant joy and comfort in the midst of darkness and need. Through the centuries the Church has expressed its love for her through countless hymns, has praised her in its most exquisite poetry and song, and has portrayed her in its most beautiful and beloved icons. No other saint is the subject of so much devotion, and no other saint has so many miracles attributed him or her.
Hidden Jewel Box in the Pines An Orthodox Church in Mays Landing
This book by Athanasia (Trudy) Ellmore is a wonderful telling of the fifty year story about the Mays Landing parish of the Orthodox Church in America: The Orthodox Church of the Mother of God, Joy of the Sorrowful.
The book was written for the Golden Jubilee of our parish. Copies are still available for $12.00 at the candel stand in our church.
Thankyou very much Trudy for this much needed telling of our past.
As the local community of the Church of the Mother of God, this parish, exists for the purpose of worshiping God according to the Holy Scriptures and Tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church, to encourage union with God among the members of the parish, to seek out the lost, the searching, and the un-churched and to strive to bring them into union with the Church, to provide religious education to its members and potential members, provide charitable aid, and to defend, promote, and witness to theOrthodox Christian Faith in southern New Jersey.
This website is a tool to help in this purpose. Primarily to publicize our existence in southern New Jersey, and hopefully, encourage people to "come and see".
The many pages on this website contain information we hope is helpful.
Our Church Building
Our church building, and the services celebrated within it, are from the tradition of the Church, from the vision of St John the Apostle, as well as the Old Testament Temple. The interior of the Orthodox Church buildings are particularly styled to give the experience of the unity of all things in God. They are not constructed to reproduce the upper room of the Last Supper, nor to be simply a meeting hall for people whose life exists solely within the bounds of this earth. The church building itself, is an image of the world.