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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 US
- Category: Schedule of Services
Great Lent Services
See the schedule of services for Great Lent 2014 at our prrish:
- March 8 (Saturday) Vespers 6:30PM
- March 9 Sunday of Orthodoxy – Divine Liturgy 10AM
- March 12 (Wednesday) 6:30PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with potluck to follow
- March 15 (Saturday) 6:30PM Vespers...
- Category: Orthodox Church
ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE GREAT FAST 2014
Dearly Beloved Members of our Diocesan Family:
Christ is in our midst! –He is and ever shall be!
As we begin the Lenten journey of the Great Fast this year, I am mindful of a question often asked of us by non-Orthodox --“Why do you fast in Lent?”--and a question often asked by our ownfellow Orthodox Christians --“Why do we have to fast during Great Lent? ”
The answers to both questions, of course, can be found in the pages of the Holy Scripture within the deposit of Holy Tradition.
OCMC Youth Outreach Mission Team
Reader Charles, of our parish, has accepted the call to serve with an OCMCYouth Outreach Mission Team going to Albania June 16 to July 1, 2014. Please remember him in your prayers in his many preparations. The cost of the trip is $3,500. If your heart is moved to support him financially, please speak to him for information on how to do so.
- Category: Orthodox Church
Fifty Five Maxims for Christian Living
Offered by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St Vladmir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York,
Now during this “tithe of the year,” Christians are called to do all those things which open them up to the grace of God, all those disciplines that prove that they are believers. Usually they’re summarized, as they are in Orthodox tradition, in the Gospel readings on the Saturday and Sunday before Lent begins, by those three teachings of Jesus that are found in the Sermon on the Mountain—when you pray, when you fast, and when you give alms or more technically, more correctly translated, when you do acts of mercy.
So the Lenten Season would be a time for praying—personally, corporately, in one’s heart, in one’s room, in one’s Church, as a member of the Church. It would be a time for fasting in secret—abstaining from foods, not overeating, realizing that our food and drink is the Word of God, and not some physical food, our food is the Bread of Life who is Christ Himself. And then also that it would be a time of doing acts of mercy—helping others, giving to the poor, spending time with people.
With Gerat Lent comming around again, see (or listen to) a list of “55 Maxims,” 55 things that a believer, very simply, would do if they were really a believer and were really obedient to God and wanted to live the way God would have us live.
- Category: Worship
GREAT LENT Its Meaning For Orthodox Christians
by THE RT. REV. ALEXANDER SCHMEMANN (1970)
GREAT LENT The Time of Repentance
"Brethren, while fasting bodily, let us,.also fast spiritually; let us loosen every bond of injustice; let us destroy the strong fetters of violence; let us tear up every unjust writing; let us give bread to the hungry and let us welcome the homeless poor to our houses, that from Christ our God we may receive the great mercy." (Stichira, Wednesday of the First Week)
- 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.
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.