St. Mary's Orthodox Church Linden
Malankara Orthodox Syrian
45 E. Elm St.
Linden New Jersey, USA
Morning Prayer: 8:30 AM followed by Holy Communion
Lunch: 12:00 PM
Sunday School: 12:30 PM
The year was 1989; the Christian diaspora was gaining in numbers. The seed for a church was planted in the hearts and minds of a few enthusiastic orthodox Christians by Very Rev.Fr. C. M. John and the idea gained momentum among a few faithful. The momentum was soon rewarded when the metropolitan of the American dioceses His Grace Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios-now repose among the saints in heavenly abode- gave the kalpana for starting the church in New Jersey. Thus the Church of “St. Mary’s Orthodox Church of New Jersey” was formed and to date remains the only church in New Jersey dedicated to Holy Saint Mary- the mother of the Church.
The efforts of the few soon bear fruit and Sunday services were held at the Montclair, The First Congregational Church, in the basement on the auspicious day of December 24th 1989. The Holy mass was conducted uninterrupted for a period of one and half years under the vicar ship of Very Rev. Fr. C. M. John and when he left due to situational constraints, the church faced fresh challenges. The faithful were deeply tormented by factions and calamities that threatened the very existence of the church. During these times many priest of the American Dioceses helped us in our efforts to continue with the worship and the names of a few priests needs special mention; Rev. Fr. George Koshy, Rev. Fr. Zakariah and Rev. Fr. Varkey, cannot be forgotten. Their sustained efforts brought more faithful to the folds of the church and in 1993 a ray of hope arrived in the form of Rev. Fr. Jacob Philip, who was appointed as Vicar by the Metropolitan His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas. Under the leadership of the Vicar the church received a new vigor, a spiritual uplift as members revived their old dream- a dream of owning a church to call it home.