Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Rocky Hill, New Jersey
News Archives
St. Elizabeth's celebrates 20 years - 11/01/2018

Baptism - 02/14/2015

Theophany 2014 - 01/18/2014

St. Nicholas of Myra 2013 - 12/18/2013

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple 2013 - 12/02/2013

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross - 09/26/2013

St. Paul's Church Incheon S. Korea - 09/22/2013

Elizabeth Maxey attends services at St. Paul's church in Incheon S. Korea where Fr. Daniel is the rector.

Florovsky Society Talk - 09/18/2013

Fr. John Strickland speaks on his book The Making of Holy Russia.  Fr. John was invited by the Forovsky society of Princeton University to give this talk.  Several of our parishoners attended as did others in the Orthodox community. Fr. John is a priest at St. John of Damascus Church and a professor at St. Katherine College. Fr. John has a podcast "Paradise and Utiopia" that's available from Ancient Faith Radio.

Building Fund Drive - 11/02/2005

St. Elizabeth's has received a very generous anonymous donation pledge towards our Building Fund in the amount of $10,000. For every dollar that we receive towards the Building Fund (until December 31st) will be matched up to this $10,000 amount.

Please consider helping us now as we try to raise money to match this generous donation. For more information on how you can help...visit our Building Fund Web Page.

Bishop GABRIEL'S Visit on 15 / 28 November 2004 - 11/28/2004

Our Church Renovation Complete!

Here are some photos of the renovations to our church building. The work was finally completed at the benning of October! Services in Rocky Hill resumed on Saturday, 11 October 2008.

Our New Iconastasis Wall.
Our New Iconastasis Wall.
Our New Iconastasis Wall.
From inside the Altar.
From inside the Altar.
From inside the Altar.
Our new choir loft railing.
Our new choir loft railing.
Our new choir loft railing.
The Royal Doors.
The North Side of Nave.
The North Side of the Choir Loft.
our New Chandelier.
A Choir Loft Window.
A Choir Loft Window.
A Choir Loft Window.
Almost Ready!
Almost Ready!
Almost Ready!

Many thanks to those - both inside and many outside our parish - who donated time, work, and offerings to accomplish this good work for the glory of the Triune God and in honor of His servant, St Elizabeth the New-Martyr. Donors will be remembered in our prayers and commemorations.

Many thanks too to the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church who gave us their hospitality for the four months that the renovations were taking place, allowing us to use their upper Church Hall as a church and meeting place for all that time. Truly the love of our Orthodox brothers and sisters has touched us deeply and we are most grateful to Archpriest James Parsells and his Parish for all they have done for us.

First Liturgy in Our Newly Renovated Church, 12 Ocober 2008

First Divine Liturgy Back in Rocky Hill - 10/12/2008

After more than four months serving in the Upper Hall of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Manville, New Jersey. We thank Archpriest James Parsells and his parishioners for their gracious hospitality, but we all agreed that there is no place like home!

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Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, 2 November 2008
The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir, directed by Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov, performed a Concert of Sacred Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church on Sunday, November 2, 2008, 5:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Church in Rocky Hill. The Choir thrilled all who attended with their beautiful voices raised to the glory of God. We thank Mr Shipovalnikov, all the singers in the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir, and those who assisted them for a lovely evening of Music. We thank all who attended the concert and who generously donated to the offering taken for the Choir.

Rehearsal before the Concert.
Rehearsal before the Concert.
Rehearsal before the Concert.
The Choir Left.
The Choir Left.
The Choir Left.
The Choir Right.
The Choir Right.
The Choir Right.
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A Brief History of St Elizabeth’s Church
The Orthodox Church of Saint Elizabeth the New-Martyr first came together as a congregation in the Spring of 1998 when a small group of Orthodox Christians (thirteen people) gathered together for liturgical services in the English language in Somerville, New Jersey, at the home of our parish priest Father David Straut. The parish was formally founded in July 1998 as a Mission Parish of the Diocese of Eastern America and New York of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) and regular services were conducted in Father David‘s home for three and a half years.

In September 2001, the location of the Mission moved to the home of one of our faithful parishioners in Somerville. We were given use of a large room with a separate entrance as a dedicated Chapel. This parishioner also graciously allowed us to use his basement for coffee hour and meetings. After two and a half years we outgrew this Chapel, and through the sacrifice of our parishioners, a few friends of the parish, and the prayers of many, St Elizabeth’s was able to acquire a ninety-five year old church building in Rocky Hill, New Jersey. Previously, this building was a Roman Catholic Church. As of February 2004, the building became the official home of St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Orthodox Church.

Our first service in Rocky Hill took place on the Sunday of Orthodoxy 2004, – a few weeks after we acquired the building. Since then we have held all services in the Church. We do not have a church hall, so we have rented a nearby fire house reception room for festive celebrations such as the paschal meal, the patronal feast, and a meal following Bishop Gabriel’s first visit to our parish on November 28, 2004.

Our Current Situation
The parish carries significant debt used to finance the purchase of our church building. Although the number of parishioners has increased to fifty-five members over the course of seven years, and we are able to sustain operations and modest repairs, the parish is not able to complete significant repairs to further beautify this historic House of God, our new Spiritual Home. We are asking for your help and prayers.

Since acquiring the building, the parish has put on a new roof, repaired the bell tower, fixed the choir loft so it could be used during services; erected a small cupola, installed signs, installed a hot water heater, repaired the gutters and downspouts; installed sump pumps and dehumidifiers, and power-washed the basement to make it usable as a space for parish meals and meetings.

Significant repairs remain, including:

  • Install a new ceiling to replace the ceiling that fell just after the building was purchased and before our first liturgy.
  • Repair of the windows and sealing them for winter weather
  • Repair and re-finish the wooden floor
  • Build-up grading around the building to reduce the moisture that seeps into the basement.
  • Upgrade the air-conditioning system

The parish has been able to acquire an iconostasis that was formerly used in another Russian Orthodox Church – Holy Protection Church on Long Island, NY. However, this iconostasis cannot be installed until the ceiling is replaced and the floor is refinished.

Every gracious gift will count for us at this time – no matter what the size! Your help can make this Church truly as beautiful as it deserves to be.

If you prefer to donate by check; please make your check payable to:

St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church–Building Fund

Mail to:

Dr. Daniel Lieuwen, Treasurer
St. Elizabeth’s Orthodox Church
88 Eastern Avenue
Somerville, New Jersey 08876

If you have any questions, please email

Breaking News
Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Visit of the Kursk Root Icon
of the Most-Holy Mother of God

St Elizabeth the New-Martyr Orthodox Church
38 Princeton Avenue
Rocky Hill, New Jersey
5:30 pm - The Faithful gather to Meet the holy Icon
6:00 pm - Moleben with Akathist at St Elizabeth’s

A Lenten Meal with an audio-visual presentation of the Kursk Root Icon's recent visit to Russia
will follow at the Rocky Hill Fire House.
For more information you may contact our priest,
Fr David Straut
at (908) 203-1252

Parish Website:
Breaking News
Sunday Services Cancelled Due to Snow Emergency

A severe pre-Winter snow storm on the East Coast of the United States has caused about a foot of snow to fall in Central New Jersey. Fr David has decided that the icy conditions of the roads, the winds and drifting snow, and the as yet uncleared parking lot at St Elizabeth's Church have made it necessary to cancel the Saturday evening Vigil Service on 19 December and the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy on 20 December. He urges all parishioners to observe the Lord's Day by praying at home. Reader's Service materials have been sent by e-mail to all on our parish list.

Memory Eternal
Former Parishioner of Saint Elizabeth's Church,
our dear Father, Brother, and Friend,

the Right Reverend Archimandrite Joasaph
(the former Dr Joseph McLellan)
Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem,

Fell Asleep in the Lord at dawn
on the Feast of St Sabbas the Sanctified,
Friday, 5 /18 December 2009.

Memory Eternal!

The 1st Day Pannykhida for Archimandrite Joasaph will be served at St Elizabeth's Church
on Friday, 18 December 2009 at 5:30 p.m.,
followed immediately by the Vigil Service for the Feast of St Nicholas the Wonderworker.

A Litia for the Departed for Archimandrite Joasaph will be served at St Elizabeth's Church
on Saturday, 19 December 2009,
immediately following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St Nicholas the Wonderworker.

 The Funeral Services for Archimandrite Joasaph
will be served at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York.
on Monday, 21 December  2009, at 1:00  p.m.

8 / 21 December 2009 - Funeral of Archimandrite Joasaph (McLellan)

Funeral of Archimandrite Joasaph (McLellan) at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, N.Y. - 12/21/2009

Archimandrite Joasaph (McLellan), Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, 5 / 18 December 2009. His Funeral was served at Holy Trinity Orthodox Monastery in Jordanville, New York, on Monday 8 /21 December 2009. Our Rector, Fr David Straut, and some of our parishioners were able to be in Jordanville for the Funeral. Before he entered monastic life, a year and a half before his repose, Fr Joasaph was a member of St Elizabeth's Church for a time. We knew him then as Reader Joseph and he taught in the Russian Department of Princeton University. Fr Joasaph will be sorely missed by all of us at St Elizabeth's and we pray for the repose of his soul. May his memory be eternal!

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2 / 15 December 2009 - Visit of the Kursk Root Icon to St Elizabeth's Church

Visit of the Kursk Root Icon of the Most-Holy Theotokos to St Elizabeth's Church - 12/15/2009

On the evening of Tuesday, 2 / 15 December 2009, the Orthodox Church of St Elizabeth the New-Martyr was honored to receive the Wonderworking Icon of the Most-Holy Mother of God for the fourth time in its history. A Moleben with the Akathist to the Theotokos was sung. The church was overflowing with worshipers. Seven priests were present, six of whom concelebrated the Service of Supplication, along with a Protodeacon. After everyone had had a chance to pray before and venerate the Holy Icon, known as the Directress of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, a lenten meal was served at the Rocky Hill Fire House. A beautiful photographic presentation of the Icon's recent historic visit to Russia was given after the meal, narrated by Archpriest Serge Lukianov, the Sectretary of the Eastern American Diocese,

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Upcoming Services
Saturday, 6 / 19 June
Saturday of Souls
5;15 Pannykhida
6:00 Vigil Service; Confessions
Sunday, 7 / 20 June
8:40 3rd & 6th Hours
9:00 Divine Liturgy
11:00 Vespers;
coffee hour
Saturday, 13 / 26 June
6:00 Vigil Service; Confessions
Sunday, 14 / 27 June
Sunday of All Saints
9:10 3rd & 6th Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy; coffee hour
St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Orthodox Church
38 Princeton Ave; Rocky Hill, NJ 08553
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