St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

435 Somerset Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
Tel: (814)341-5630

Welcome to the St. Mary's (Dormition of the Theotokos) Greek Orthodox Church Website

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7

Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers to those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church! 



Sunday Services

Divine Liturgy: 10:30 AM




Our Orthodox Christian Faith

Our Faith: Worship

Since Worship is so important to Orthodoxy, the best introduction to the Orthodox Church is for the non-Orthodox to attend the Divine Liturgy or the celebration of one of the major Sacraments. At first, the visitor may be overwhelmed by the music and the ceremonies, but it is in Worship that the distinctive flavor, rich traditions, and living faith of Orthodoxy are truly experienced. Learn more

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Our Patron Saint

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos, this is what the Church has received from ancient times from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time drew nigh that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared unto her through an Angel that three days hence, He would translate her from this temporal life to eternity and bliss. On hearing this, she went up with haste to the Mount of Olives, where she prayed continuously. Giving thanks to God, she returned to her house and prepared whatever was necessary for her burial. While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles from the ends of the earth, where each one happened to be preaching, and brought them at once to the house of the Mother of God, who informed them of the cause of their sudden gathering. As a mother, she consoled them in their affliction as was meet, and then raised her hands to Heaven and prayed for the peace of the world. She blessed the Apostles, and, reclining upon her bed with seemliness, gave up her all-holy spirit into the hands of her Son and God. With reverence and many lights, and chanting burial hymns, the Apostles took up that God-receiving body and brought it to the sepulchre, while the Angels from Heaven chanted with them, and sent forth her who is higher than the Cherubim. But one Jew, moved by malice, audaciously stretched forth his hand upon the bed and immediately received from divine judgment the wages of his audacity. Those daring hands were severed by an invisible blow. But when he repented and asked forgiveness, his hands were restored. When they had reached the place called Gethsemane, they buried there with honor the all-immaculate body of the Theotokos, which was the source of Life. But on the third day after the burial, when they were eating together, and raised up the artos (bread) in Jesus' Name, as was their custom, the Theotokos appeared in the air, saying "Rejoice" to them. From this they learned concerning the bodily translation of the Theotokos into the Heavens. These things has the Church received from the traditions of the Fathers, who have composed many hymns out of reverence, to the glory of the Mother of our God (see Oct. 3 and 4). Learn more

Apolytikion in the First Tone

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life

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Contact Us

St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

435 Somerset Street
Johnstown, PA 15901
Tel: (814)341-5630

Parish Clergy

Fr. James Gleason

Visit the website of the Ecumenical Patriarchate  Visit the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America  Visit the website of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Driving Directions

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From Boston and points south:

  • Travel ROUTE 1 NORTH 
  • Take the exit for ROUTE 128 (I-95)-WALTHAM/GLOUCESTER and follow the signs for ROUTE 128 (I-95)-PEABODY/GLOUCESTER 
  • Soon after merging onto the highway, 128 and I-95 will split STAY LEFT onto ROUTE 128 NORTH towards GLOUCESTER 
  • Follow directions from Route 128 North below 

From Worcester and points west:

  • At the 128 and I-95 split in Peabody, STAY LEFT onto ROUTE 128 NORTH towards GLOUCESTER
  • Follow directions from 128 North below 

From Route 128 North:

  • Follow the exit ramp directly onto ROUTE 114 and continue straight to second light at Wilson Square (4-way intersection) 
  • Continue straight through lights for 0.3 miles and turn LEFT onto TREMONT STREET 
  • After 0.4 miles and turn RIGHT onto PALEOLOGOS STREET Saint Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church will be on your left. 


  • Parking is in the large lot across the street from the church on your right or in the smaller lot next to the Church at the bottom of Paleologos Street on your left. 


  • Where it is legally marked "NO PARKING". You will receive a ticket from Peabody Police Dept. 
  • In the reserved spots for the New England Market customers. Violators will be towed.


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