Welcome to Saint Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Christian Church!
We are a Christ-centered church who loves to have visitors, and you are welcome to visit or join us for a service anytime! All services are conducted in English. While our church was founded by immigrants from Slovakia, Poland and Western Ukraine, today we are comprised of peoples of all ethnic backgrounds, most of whom are American converts to the ancient Orthodox Christian faith.
If you have questions or would like to visit when there isn't a service, please use the email contact form on the bottom of this page to contact our priest, Fr. Joseph Edgington.
A Word from the Holy Fathers
"...Christ, then, was born as it were a few days ago–He Whose generation was before all things, sensible and intellectual. Today He is baptized by John that He might cleanse him who was defiled, that He might bring the Spirit from above, and exalt man to heaven, that he who had fallen might be raised up and he who had cast him down might be put to shame..."
- St. Gregory of Nyssa
Full context in the Sobornost for January 10, 2021
We are open on a three-week rotating schedule! Signup is required
Attendance during services is still limited by certain protocols therefore those desiring to attend must be signed up.
Based on the desired number of attendees, we have created a schedule for regular parishioners on a 3 week schedule.
Parishioners who have not requested regular attendance can contact email@example.com for scheduling.
Based on the limited space we have, we will try to accommodate non-regular attendees and visitors if possible.
Visitors should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with requests to attend Divine Liturgy.
Open to everyone:
Vespers on Saturdays is at 5:00pm and open to everyone. Please contact Fr. Joseph for Confession.
Each Sunday after Divine Liturgy (approx. 11:30am) everyone is welcome to come to the church to pray and light candles. All parishioners may also come to receive Holy Eucharist. The priest won't empty the chalice until around 12:00. Please maintain Eucharistic fasting and prayer discipline if planning to receive.
All who are not attending Divine Liturgy are encouraged to pray and follow the online services from our Cathedral: Link to Live-Stream.
Weekly morning prayers are open to everyone. Check the calendar for scheduling changes.
Refer to the Special Petitions page for prayers to be said during Liturgy and personal prayer during this time of pandemic.
The regular seating chart has been modified (last UPDATED 10/12/20). For the latest chart please click on the link to the seating chart. Please reach out if you do not have the website password.
Please review the COVID Return to Service Guidelines. There you will find important information regarding attending (such as Maryland requirement for face coverings).
1/17/21: Group 1
1/24/21: Group 2
1/31/21: Group 3
2/7/21: Group 1
Please be sure to read all information and follow the link for the guidelines. I can't wait to see you! - Fr. Joseph
Updated for November 15 - December 26!!!
Earlier this year (2020), our Diocese started a new ministry for families: SPF50.
Orthodox Christian families face many challenges. Engaging children with their faith both in church and at home and helping parents keep Christ as Head of their household present ongoing difficulties. Far too often, what is experienced at church on Sundays is not brought back into the home. When that disconnect remains, as youth leave home to begin a new life on their own, they will often leave the Church behind as well.
Follow this link to the Diocessan website for more information on how you and your family can participate in this campaign.
Please follow the link for Issue Four located here.
We encourage you to be a part of the SPF50 Ministry. If you missed the first few Issues of reading Scripture and Praying together as a family, you can join now. This Ministry is meant to be ongoing as Scripture reading and praying together as a family are meant to be an ongoing part of your family’s life in Christ.