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 Thought from the Holy Clergy
Every one of us is in the image of God, and every one of us is like a damaged icon. But if we were given an icon damaged by time, damaged by circumstances, or desecrated by human hatred, we would treat it with reverence, with tenderness, with broken-heartedness. We would not pay attention primarily to the fact that it is damaged, but to the tragedy of its being damaged. We would concentrate on what is left of its beauty, and not on what is lost of its beauty.
And this is what we must learn to do with regard to each person as an individual, but also – and this is not always as easy – with regard to groups of people, whether it be a parish or a denomination, or a nation. We must learn to look, and look until we have seen the underlying beauty of this group of people. Only then can we even begin to do something to call out all the beauty that is there. Listen to other people, and whenever you discern something which sounds true, which is a revelation of harmony and beauty, emphasize it and help it to flower. Strengthen it and encourage it to live.
-Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
For the latest seating chart (UPDATED 2/27/21) 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).
4/18/21: Group 2
4/25/21: Group 3
5/2/21: Holy Pascha - Group 1
5/9/21: Group 2
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 April 4, 2021!!!
Earlier, our Diocese started a new ministry for families: SPF50.
Thank you to all our families who have participated in the SPF50 Ministry. Together we have completed 5 of the SPF50 publications!!
The Sixth edition of SPF50 is now available. The reading schedule begins on April 4, 2021.
We are excited to continue the NEW reading program in the sixth edition!! The NEW reading program highlights many ESSENTIAL Biblical Stories like Creation, Noah and the Ark, the Exodus, the call of the Prophet Samuel, and many others throughout the Old and New Testaments.
If you haven’t joined SPF50 yet, now is a great time to start! Make a commitment to reading Scripture and praying together with your family. Even the busiest of families can make a commitment to read from the Bible and pray together for 50 minutes a month. Don’t forget to fill out the Commitment Card which is available in the SPF50 Section of the Diocesan Website, and then return the Card to your parish priest.
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.
Click To Download Sixth Issue (Apr 4 - Jul 3, 2021)
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.