Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is located at 1166
Millstone River Road in Hillsborough Township, New
Jersey. This Orthodox Christian Cemetery serves the needs
of members of the Holy Orthodox Church in Central Jersey.
Established in 1915, the 4 acre Cemetery is governed by
Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 605 Washington
Avenue, Manville, New Jersey.
- The Privilege of Burial
- Orthodox Christians of any Orthodox
parish may be buried within the cemetery.
- A non-Orthodox spouse of an Orthodox
person married in the Orthodox Church by
an Orthodox priest, and their children
brought up in the Orthodox faith may be
buried within the cemetery.
- Orthodox clergy are permitted to serve
the Burial Service, as well as other
Memorial services at the cemetery.
- Non-Orthodox clergy may serve the Burial
service of a non-Orthodox spouse at the
- Non-Orthodox clergy may not officiate at
the burial of an Orthodox Christian.
- Persons who have left the Holy Orthodox
Church either by adherence to some other
religious body or by excommunication or
non-fulfilment of their religious
obligations, lose the right to burial
within the cemetery.
- The Cost of a Grave
- The price of a grave is $1,500.00. This
amount is for the grave ($750.00) and
perpetual care ($750.00).
- The price of a grave for parishioners in
good standing of Ss. Peter and Paul
Church in Manville, is $1,200.00. This
amount is for the grave ($600.00) and
perpetual care ($600.00).
- The price of a grave for eligible
non-Orthodox spouses of an Orthodox
parishioner in good standing is
$1,200.00. This amount is for the grave
($600.00) and perpetual care ($600.00).
- Graves must be paid for in full at the
time of purchase. An acknowledging
statement must be signed at the time of
purchase, stating that the buyer has read
the cemetery regulations and agrees to
comply with them. Documentation showing
conditional stewardship of the grave
shall then be issued.
- The Grave Property
- In the event a grave needs to be sold
back to the cemetery, the amount of
$25.00 per year for perpetual care will
be deducted, back to the original date of
- Grave property may be handed down through
the immediate family, provided that they
understand the regulations of privilege
of burial remain intact (see A The
Privilege of Burial). Cemetery officials
must be notified of this transaction and
proper documentation issued.
- Grave property may not be sold to any
other Orthodox Christian or non-Orthodox
Christian. Grave property must be sold
back to the cemetery at the rate of the
original purchase price.
- Grave Care and Maintence
- At the time of burial, each grave
requires an all-concrete vault.
- An opening charge is made at the time of
- A name plate marker flush with the ground
or head stone marker must be placed on
each grave or cluster of graves,
identifying the grave within six months
of burial. In order to assure this
requirement, a deposite of $500.00 must
be placed in escrow to cover the cost of
a foot marker. This requirement may be
waved for parishioners in good standing.
Stone markers must not exceed 36 inches
in height and must be marked with a
Cross. Statues of any kind may not be
erected on any grave in the cemetery.
Coping or ledgers are prohibited.
- Plants shall be restricted to an area
within 18 inches of the headstone, and
must not impede the reading of the names
on the Cross or headstone nor the mowing
of the lawn covering. The cemetery
reserves the right to remove, trim, or
re-arrange any shrubbery that blocks out
the reading or the names on the grave or
that is not properly cared for.
- Plastic flowers and plants are
- Trees of any kind may not be planted.
- Masonic or non-Orthodox religious symbols
may not be erected.
- Grave decorations may not be anchored by
wires or metal stakes that may damage
mowing equipment. The removal of seasonal
decorations is not the responsibility of
the cemetery but the grave owner.
- Foundations for headstones are put in by
the cemetery. The cost therefore is
determined by the grave or cluster of
graves and must be paid at the time of
- Cemetery officials may be approached for
help in securing a headstone or
traditional Orthodox Cross.
- Perpetual Care includes the following:
- the filling in or leveling off of
a grave within two months after
- seeding of a grave for lawn
covering after the above item is
- mowing of the lawn and trimming
around the headstone and;
- removing of garbage and debris
from the cemetery.
- Perpetual Care does not include the
trimming of shrubs or plants, nor removal
of seasonal decorations from the grave,
nor watering of plants or flowers on the
- A May Month yearly Cemetery Care Envelope
is mailed out to those having graves in
the cemetery for a free-will offering for
capital improvements and beautification.
- Memorial Services
- Scheduled Orthodox Memorial Services are
held at the cemetery on the "Day of
Joy", that is, Monday evening after
Thomas Sunday. On Pentecost Sunday,
another general Memorial Service is held.
The rector of Ss. Peter and Paul Church
in Manville is available for other
services that may be requested at the
- Other Information
- To purchase a grave or for more
information, contact the rector of Ss.
Peter and Paul Church, 605 Washington
Avenue, Manville, New Jersey 08835-1856
Phone 908-685-1452 Fax 908-685-1074.
- The Cemetery is open April 1 to September
30 from 9:00am to 7:00pm and from October
1 to March 31, 9:00am to 4:30pm.