St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church

Rincon, GA


Visitor's Center

Welcome

I welcome you to St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church.  It is a pleasure to have you visit us.  I invite you to explore the resources available on our website.  Our community is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds who are dedicated to living their faith in the Body of Christ.   I  welcome you to join us for prayer and worship. 

 

In Christ, Fr Nick 

Formation & Education

At St. Margy Magdalene Orthodox Church, we offer various forms of education and formation.  Our Sunday School program offers opportunities for youth to learn more about Jesus Christ and their relationship to Him.  In addition, Fr. Nick offers  on-going education and formation for adults.  Please follow the link below for further information.

 

 

The videos below will provide an intorduction to the worship services you will experience at St. Mary Magdalene.  In addition, you will see some unique features of Orthodox prayer.  Below is a brief explanation of these aspects.


Music:  In our musical tradition, we primarily use chant.  If you listen carefully, you will be able to hear specific theological teachings based on Scripture or the feast of the day.


Icons:  From the beginning of the Christian tradition, art played an important role due to limited printed materials, as well as high rates of illiteracy.  The Church used art as a form of educating the faithful.  We do not worship Icons or the people represented in them, rather through our love we venerate them, just as you might with a photo of a family or friend.


Incense:  Incense represents the prayers that are lifted up to heaven before God.  The most frequent reference to this is sung at the Vespers service when we pray, “Let my prayer arise as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice (Psalm 141:2).”


Activity:  In the Orthodox services, there is much activity.  The priest and altar servers are often moving and people are crossing themselves, bowing or standing.  Feel free to participate as much as you are comfortable and know that for many Orthodox, their participation may vary as well.

Divine Liturgy

This is the Eucharistic (Communion) service that we celebrate every Sunday. We gather on this day to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In addition, we celelbrate the Divine Liturgy on other major feasts. Please see our calenedar for feast days.  

Great Vespers

Great Vespers is served every Saturday at 6:00 pm.  Vespers is the evening prayer service, which prepares us for the coming feast.  On Saturday evening, the hymns celebrate the upcoming day of resurrection.

 

Fellowship Meal

Following Divine Liturgy on Sundays, you are invited to join us for our Fellowship Meal in the hall.  This is a great time to ask questions or meet with our clergy.

 

 


OUR

HISTORY

In early 1988, local Orthodox believers petitioned Metropolitan Theodosius to start a new mission in Savannah.  These believers began travelling to St Mary of Egypt Church in Atlanta where they eventually met Mother Terri and Fr Peter Smith.  In January 1989 an organizational meeting was held by several Orthodox families in Savannah, and out of this meeting St Mary Magdalene was born.


In May 1990, St Mary Magdalene moved into a storefront facility on Skidaway Road.  In June of that same year, the community's first permanent priest, Fr Adrian Pollard, along with his wife Matushka Xenia and their son Daniel arrived and began ministering to the community.

In 1995 the community moved to rent a space on Bay St in Savannah, where they stayed until October 1999.


In October 2001, Fr Adrian left St Mary's for another assignment, and in March 2002 the community received its second pastor, Hieromonk James (Bohlman).


In May of 2002 the community purchased a 1.82 acre tract of land in Rincon.  On June 2nd after the Divine Liturgy, the whole community of Orthodox believers of St Mary Magdalene drove to the property for a Cross-planting ceremony, thereby claiming the land for God.  On December 14th, 2002, the community moved into their new building, and held their first Divine Liturgy in Rincon on Sunday, December 15th, 2005.


In February of 2006 ground was broken for the construction of the parish’s new Church. The first service was celebrated in the new building on August 13th, 2006. On June 3rd, 2007 His Eminence the Archbishop Dmitri consecrated the new Temple of St. Mary Magdalene, and sealed relics of the holy Martyr St. Alexander of Rome within the newly consecrated altar.


The community has faithfully worshipped in Rincon since that time.  In 2018, Hieromonk James retired and in July 2018, the parish received their third priest, Fr. Nicholas Hubbard.  As we actively worship or Lord, we welcome anyone who is interested to, “Come and See!”