Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission

Princeton, New Jersey

Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission

Founded 1998

Diocese: Diocese of New York and New Jersey

Deanery: New Jersey Deanery


650 Great Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Mailing address:

PO Box 511
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

Office: 609-252-0310

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. Peter Baktis
9224 Taylor Ct
West Windsor NJ 08550
Home: 703-615-9617
Dn. Joseph L Licata
69 Helen St
Fanwood, NJ 07023
Home: 908-322-6204


General Location
Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission meets at Princeton Day School, 650 Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

From New York City and the north
Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 9, Route One South.  Take Route One South to Washington Road.  Turn right onto Washington Road and travel through three traffic lights.  At the fourth light turn left onto Nassau Street.  Proceed through three more traffic lights, bearing left onto Route 206 South just after the third light.  Proceed through another traffic light and then turn right at the next traffic light onto Elm Road, which becomes The Great Road.  Proceed 1.6 miles and then turn left into the Princeton Day School campus.

From Philadelphia and points south

Take Interstate 95 North across the Delaware River to Exit 7B (Lawrenceville/ Princeton) Route 206 North. Drive approximately five miles north on Route 206 to Elm Road. Turn left on Elm Road, which becomes The Great Road.
Proceed 1.6 miles and then turn left into the Princeton Day School campus.

Schedule of Services

All services are in English.

6:00 PM Vespers
Saturday Evening

9:45 AM Reading of the Hours; 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Church School.
Sunday Morning

Parish Background

Mother of God Orthodox Mission was established in March of 1998 and has experienced steady growth in our Lord Jesus Christ. Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, is a local parish of the Orthodox Church in America; which by virtue of the Holy Spirit and continuing in the teaching and experience of the Apostles is a visible and historical continuation of the early church of Christ. We see ourselves as a community of believers called into unity by the Holy Trinity to become “saints” (1 Cor. 1:2); to be the “Body of Christ” (1Cor. 12:27) and to manifest the Kingdom of God here and now.

St. Paul’s reference to the church as the “Body of Christ” reveals to us the very nature of the church. That is to say, the church is not just another human institution. Nor is it simply a collection of people who believe in Jesus. The church, by virtue of the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, forever remains to be the very presence of Christ. Thus, with faith, love, humility and God’s grace—we at Mother of God—fervently seek with fear and trembling, to actualize this great and holy vocation of being the “Body of Christ”.

Presently, our community consists of approximately 50 parishioners which includes 17 children in our church school. With a significant number of converts entering our parish each year we are a community dedicated to growth in Christ. Our hope is that every person who is a member of our community will know what it means to be a member of a true Christian extended family; to know first hand, by our personal witness, what it means to be brothers and sisters in Our Lord Jesus Christ—“God’s own special people” (1 Peter 2:9).  We welcome all who seek to know Christ in His Word and in His Church.