I would never recognize a Russian Orthodox church in Hackettstown NJ

July 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I would never recognize a Russian Orthodox church in this church if I just drove past. There is no large onion dome, there are no words like "Russian Orthodox". The sign reads only "Eastern Orthodox Church. Elevation of the Holy Cross Church". I knew that there is a Russian Orthodox church in Hackettstown NJ so I began to look closely. My eyes immediately find familiar features: a small bar at the bottom of the cross; a small, but nevertheless onion dome; a beautiful birch tree at the entrance of the church, and most importantly I saw: "Pierogi sale on Sunday". It neither mattered that they really sold dumplings or pastries, just the word was so familiar to me nor it mattered that church fronts don’t look like that in Russia, but for New Jersey that was a sign of Russian Orthodox. I will have to come back on a Sunday to try the pierogi, enjoy the view inside, to see how the light falls through the beautiful stained glass windows. I think that this church is worth checking out if you are planning a small or medium size wedding in a rustic style.  There is a parking lot for about 50 cars. Beautiful trees around. Even more: there are two nice parks within a 10-minute drive from the church - Stephens and Allamuchy Mountain State Parks. It seems like this spot was created for wedding photographs! And one more secret tip - there is a nice and fancy coffee shop on the same street, just half a mile from the church - Greene's Beans Cafe.

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