The Orthodox Church of Saint Elizabeth the New-Martyr serves Orthodox Christians in Central New Jersey. It is an English language Parish of the Diocese of Eastern America and New York of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Since that time we have worked with our iconograper, Protodeacon Paul Drozdowki, to fill the new iconastasis with 44 painted icons and panels which augmented the six icons on the Royal Doors we inherited from another church. A second icon project was begun after the completion of the iconastasis to decorate the east wall of the altar area with three separate tiers of icons: the lowest tier of six Liturgists flanking the icon of Christ the Great High Priest, the middle tier of three large panels depicting the Communion of the Apostles, and the uppermost tier with a large panel of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God surrounded by Old Testament Prophets, flanked on either side by two other large panels depicting the Seven Holy Archangels. This project is nearly completed, with only the two panels of the Archangels needing to be finished.
Other improvements to the church building have been undertaken, including the building of a large pavilion at the back of the church for warm weather coffee hours and other outdoor gatherings, as well as another heating and airconditioning system installed powered by solar panels on the roof of the new pavilion. A project to refinish our hall in the church basement, the re-siding of the exterior of the church, and the building of a new entrance roof have been begun, but completion has been delayed due to a local shut down of construction inspections caused by the recent pandemic.
Should you want more information about St Elizabeth's Church, you may call our priest, Fr David Straut, at (908) 203-1252.Get Directions to St. Elizabeth's Orthodox Church
We were blessed to celebrate the Lord's Nativity this January 7th, followed immediately by Sunday after Nativity and our Very Rev. Fr. David's nameday. Many thanks to Nichole & Pavel L’vov who again opened their home for St Elizabeth’s Annual Christmas Party on Sunday after Nativity. It was a wonderful day of celebration and fellowship for all of us. May the Lord bless them!
We celebrated a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the Feast of our heavenly Patroness, the venerable Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth and the 24th anniversary of the founding of our parish. We were blessed and honored with the visit of Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan on this special day as he ordained our new Deacon Father Michael and tonsured Reader Timothy. Special thanks to all that helped with cleaning, decorating and setting up the trapeza and donating. S Prazdnikom!
The State of New Jersey has lifted the indoor mask and six-foot social distancing requirement for both indoor and outdoor spaces, including religious services and activities. St Elizabeth's Church is now observing these new State guidelines. In our Parish, face coverings and social distancing may be used or not at each person’s discretion. Limited attendance and online sign-up for services have been discontinued. St Elizabeth's will continue to livestream our services to an outdoor screen for those who would still like to maintain social distancing. St Elizabeth's Church is not interested in knowing the vaccination status of any parishioner or visitor. That is entirely private. It is also important that parishioners themselves not inquire into anyone's vaccination status at church. St Elizabeth's wants to make every person feel welcome to attend services and fellowship events with us. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of others and the choices that individuals make regarding masks, social distancing, and vaccination.