Parish History

St. Mary Armenian Church’s History

St. Mary Armenian Church is located in Livingston New Jersey, and is part of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, which itself is under the jurisdiction of the See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Catholicos of all Armenians, His Holiness, KAREKIN II, the Supreme Patriarch.

The parish is comprised of approximately 200 families living in Northern New Jersey who travel from Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and Somerset Counties on a regular and weekly basis to worship and participate in the various social, cultural and educational ministries available.

She is now the 13th largest parish of the Eastern Diocese and is flourishing with a variety of activities for all ages.

St. Mary began from humble origins, taking care of the spiritual needs of the Newark Armenian Community following the bleak years after WW1.

Her work and ministry is centered in and focused on the continued celebration of the Divine Liturgy on a weekly basis. The Divine Liturgy, as the source and goal of our Christian experience, is the High Point for both our life and the life of the Church as we gather around the Lord’s Table as the Body of Christ offering Glory. Praise and Thanksgiving to the True God and Saviour, Jesus Christ who is glorified with His Father and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever, Amen.

About the Armenian Church…

The Armenian Church is an ancient apostolic church whose origins extend back to the preaching and ministry of Christ’s apostles, Thaddeus and Bartholomew in the first century. Armenia became the first Christian nation when King Trdat III was baptized by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the year 301AD.

The Armenian Church is an Orthodox Church and is in Communion with the five Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Coptic, Syrian, Ethiopian (Tewahdo) and Malankara (or The Syrian Orthodox in India).  In recent years, there has been rapprochement among the two branches of Orthodoxy, the Eastern Orthodox and the Lesser or Oriental Orthodox Churches who recognize the orthodox heritage and true worship of the apostles and fathers in their shared experience.


The Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is to preach the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim its message of salvation.  This mission is realized through worship, education, witness, service, and a common life in Jesus Christ as expressed in the distinctive faith-experience of the Armenian people.  All members of the Armenian Church–both clergy and lay–are called to participate fully in its mission.

St. Mary Armenian Church is the “Growing Church that Shares and Cares at Prayer”, located in Livingston, New Jersey.  She is officially listed as the 13th largest parish of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and has been in existence for over 80 years. The Eastern Diocese is headed by her primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian who resides at the Diocesan Cathedral of St. Vartan in New York City. The Diocese is under the jurisdiction of Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia where the successor to St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all-Armenians, His Holiness KAREKIN II, resides.

St. Mary Armenian Church offers her parishioners, both old and young, a commitment to religious spiritual development and fellowship in an Armenian cultural context.

Her mission is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ by the celebration and administration of the Word and Sacraments instituted by Christ and confirmed by the apostolic teaching and doctrine, according to the Armenian Church’s Sacred Traditions.