St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

July 12, 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Liturgy Schedule: Group 1

Phased Return To Services - Covid19

We are open on a rotating schedule!

Please be sure to read all information and follow the link for the guidelines.  I can't wait to see you!     - Fr. Joseph

Attendance during services is still limited by certain protocols. Divine Liturgy to parishioners in a scheduled 3-week rotation. Please follow the link to the COVID Return to Service Guidelines. There you will find important information regarding attending as well as a link (password protected) to the seating charts. Please reach out if you do not have the website password.

7/12/20: Group 1

7/19/20: Group 2

7/26/20: Group 3

8/2/20:  Group 1


Each Sunday after Divine Liturgy (approx. 11:45am) all parishioners whose group did not attend Divine Liturgy may come to receive Holy Eucharist, pray, and light candles. The priest won't empty the chalice until around 12:30. Please maintain Eucharistic fasting and prayer discipline if planning to receive.

Parishioners not attending Divine Liturgy are encouraged to pray and follow the online services from our Cathedral: Link to Live-Stream.

Vespers, now beginning on Saturdays at 5:00pm are open to everyone. Please contact Fr. Joseph for Confession.

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.

Welcome!

 

 

 

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

"...The chalice corresponds to the vessel which received the mixture which poured out from the bloodied, undefiled side and from the hands and feet of Christ. Or again, the chalice corresponds to the bowl which the Lord depicts, that is, Wisdom; because the Son of God has mixed His blood for drinking instead of that wine, and set it forth on His holy table, saying to all: “Drink of my blood mixed for you for the remission of sins and eternal life.”..."

- St. Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, On the Divine Liturgy

Full context in the Sobornost for July 12, 2020

SPF 50 - Scripture Prayer Family

At the beginning of Great Lent 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 during Great Lent.

 

 

 

 

4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Wednesday, July 15th
St. Vladimir
6:00am Moleben to the Theotokos
Friday, July 17th
6:00am Moleben to the Cross
Saturday, July 18th
5:00pm Great Vespers
Contact Fr. Joseph for Confession
Sunday, July 19th
8:45am Matins/Orthros

10:00am Divine Liturgy GROUP 2 ONLY
11:45am Church open for all parishioners to receive Eucharist, pray, light candles
Announcements
  • Changes to Camp Nazareth & Science and Nature Camp..
    Due to the situation surrounding CoronaVirus, some of the dates have been postponed or canceled. Please review this letter from Metropolitan Gregory regarding Camp Status...


  • 2nd Annual ACRY Stewardship Campaign
    Funds raised during this campaign will assist the ACRY in its philanthropic endeavors: providing scholarships, hosting Lenten retreats, supporting Camp Nazareth, promotion of the Orthodox faith through missionary projects, aiding children with serious illness and special needs, and much more.
    Click here to read the letter from Metropolitan Gregory and here for more information regarding the campaign. Click here for the Stewardship Campaign Page hosted on the ACROD website.

  • St. George Mission Team Trip Spots still open
    St. George Mission Team, of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, still has space available for the July 12-18, 2020 trip!  They will be working with the OYMT (Orthodox Youth Mission Team) and the Appalachia Service Project to repair homes in a very poverty stricken area of Appalachia. This is wonderful opportunity to put your faith to work for some very well deserving people. The more St. George can bring on this trip the more families they can assist. 

    Please consider joining the 2020 team. They are looking for youth from 8th grade and above and adults
    Contact Athena Kaiser at avkmail@verizon.net or #240-498-0870 with questions and registration information. 

    Watch the Video link for more information

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