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- Category: About
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: Past Events Section
On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the children of our parish helped decorate our Christmas tree in the community room.
If anyone would like to share photos taken that day, please email them to us and we will start a gallery on this page. Thanks.
- Category: Schedule of Services
Christmas Eve and Sunday Services 2017
We will celebrating the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ in the Flesh with a liturgy Monday, December 25, at 10:00 am. This is a very important Holy Day in the course of human Salvation, and I hope everyone will be here for the services.
- Category: The Son of God, the Incarnation
The Roman Empire
The Universal Expectation of the Messiah
Having been freed from the empire of the Greek kings, the Jews did not have long to make use of their freedom. The Romans, having conquered the whole known world, also subjugated the Jews (64 B.C.). They placed over Palestine the procurator Antipater from the tribe of Esau, an Idumean (or Edomite). He very cleverly secured the confidence of the Romans, but was soon poisoned.
After him, his son Herod, called Herod the Great, was appointed governor of Galilee. He was a suspicious, brutal and cunning man. He also, like his father, skillfully gained the confidence of the Roman authorities and was declared King of the Jews. In order to find favor among the Jews, King Herod restored the Jerusalem Temple. Having received the title of King, he was still subordinate to Caesar, the Roman Emperor. From the time that the Jews came under Roman power, they were always subject to a Roman ruler, a deputy of the Roman Emperor. The Jews were allowed to keep their Sanhedrin, their council of high priests and elders of the people; but the power of the Sanhedrin was strictly limited. The Sanhedrin, for example, could not impose the death penalty without the permission of the Roman ruler, to whom belonged the highest authority in Israel.
- Category: Orthodox Church
Approaching the Nativity
By Father John Behr
From The Orthodox Church VOLUME 41 NOV/DEC 2005
Just what are we celebrating today?
Besides fasting and examining ourselves before going to confession, part of our preparation for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Savior should be to reflect again on what it is that we will be celebrating. We speak so readily of the Son of God being born from the Virgin that we often forget how it is that we affirm this, and overlook the full significance of the liturgical today – “Today Christ is born of the Virgin in Bethlehem” [Nativity Matins].
Whenever we approach any aspect of the mystery of Christ, we must always remember that our way into the mystery is through the Passion – the crucifixion, resurrection, elevation in glory, and bestowal of the Spirit. With the exception of Peter’s confession on the road to Caesarea Philippi before the Passion (the exception which proves the rule, for he then reveals his ignorance about Christ by trying to prevent Him going to Jerusalem to suffer, so receiving the harsh words, "get behind me Satan"), the disciples were unable to answer those who asked, "Is this not the son of Joseph?" In fact, whatever they had heard about His birth, whatever they had heard themselves from His lips, or whatever miracles they had seen Him work, even seeing Him transfigured in glory, in the first three Gospels they fall away from Him at the time of His Passion, even denying him like Peter. It is not the Cross itself, nor the empty tomb (which is ambiguous, causing anxiety until the angel explains what had happened), nor even the resurrectional appearances (for they did not recognize Him), that finally persuades them as to Who Christ is. Only when He begins to open the Scriptures to show how they all speak of how it was necessary that He should suffer these things before going to His glory – only then do their hearts start to burn, so that they are ready to recognize Him in the breaking of bread, at which point He disappears from their sight.
- Category: Orthodox Church
The Advent Period in Home Life
by Sophie Koulomzin
What is the meaning of the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord in our family life? How can we live through the preparatory period of Advent as a Christian family? Can this meaning be truly and naturally, unpretentiously, embodied in the experience of a family, a home with children, teenagers, adults and old people?
Of course, first of all, Christmas is a FEAST, a celebration, an occasion for joy. Understanding the real meaning of this joy (God coming to us to share our humanity) comes to every individual gradually, within the measure of his or her spiritual development, but the experience of joy, of rejoicing, of having a very happy time because it is Christmas is something that can be experienced by all members of the family, whatever their age, whatever their level of spirituality . . . if only there is someone within the family who remains a witness of the true meaning of this joy. The experience of a joyous celebration remains the foundation stone of understanding the meaning of the Lord’s Nativity.
- 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.
- Category: About
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.