has proclaimed joy to all the universe
The Parish of the Nativity of the Theotokos is also affectionately known as “St. Mary’s, Mays Hill”, and for those who attended since the 1990’s, still lovingly referred to as “Saydet Merrylands”.
St Mary’s is under the patronage of His Eminence, Metropolitan Basilios (Kodseie), the archbishop and chief shepherd of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Our parish is guided by parish priest Reverend Father, George Saad, since 2004.
Our history is rich and proud, starting in 1985, with services being celebrated out of a community hall in Granville. Following this, in 1987, our congregation shifted its worship to St Rafael’s Church in Merrylands (hence “Saydet Merrylands”. It wasn’t until 1991 that our present Mays Hill grounds were purchased and consecrated by the late Bishop Gibran Ramlawey, with the first Liturgy being celebrated in the current Church Hall in 1994. Following an intricate and extensive construction project, the year 1999 saw the celebration of the first Holy and Great Friday in our church, with the official consecration of the church taking place shortly thereafter in the year 2000 by the Thrice-Blessed Metropolitan Paul (Saliba), reposed in the Lord in June 2017).
Our community is a strong one, and the parish is continually developing and growing as a group. Some objectives of St Marys Antiochian Orthodox Church, Mays Hill include:
- Guiding its members to union with God through education, stewardship, and almsgiving
- To promote, and enthusiastically action the benevolent, economic, educational, material, moral, ritual, social, and spiritual requirements of Christ as found in the Holy Tradition of the ancient and holy Antiochian Orthodox Church (Acts 11:26- “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”)
- To be faithful stewards of God’s creation through the devotion of time, talents and treasure entrusted to us by God
We welcome all walks of life, those who are born as Orthodox, and those who are seeking to know Christ through the original and most ancient, though timeless and Living Church.
For more information about our archdiocese, please visit this link for a History of Antiochian Orthodoxy in Australasia