St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

Next Sunday - Mar 7, 2021

Liturgy Schedule: Group 2

Please check the Phased Return to Services Section

below for important attendance information due to Covid

 

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

"...May we too, brethren, take hold of repentance by our actions. Let us abandon the evil one and his herds. ...Let us run to the
immortal Father, the giver of life, as we follow, through the virtues, the path that leads to life. There we shall find that, in His love for mankind, He has come out to meet us, granting us forgiveness of sins, the token of immortality, the earnest of our inheritance to come."

-St. Gregory Palamas, Homily 2 On the Publican and Pharisee

Full context in the Sobornost for February 28, 2021

 

 

 

4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Wednesday, March 10th
6:00am Moleben to the Theotokos
Friday, March 12th
6:00am Moleben to the Cross
Sunday, March 14th
Cheesefare Sunday
Forgiveness Vespers
8:45am Matins/Orthros

10:00am Divine Liturgy GROUP 3 ONLY
11:30am- Church open for all parishioners to receive Eucharist, pray, light candles
12:30pm Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, March 15th
6:00pm Canon of St. Andrew
Announcements
  • Diocese-Wide Lenten Retreat April 3, 2021 - With the Lenten Triodion period beginning soon, our thoughts necessarily turn to the
    upcoming Season of the Great Fast. Each year we look forward to this opportunity for spiritual growth and renewal which comes from actively embracing all that this holy season has to offer. The retreat for adults and teenagers will be online using Zoom from 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Please note: our younger children will have the opportunity to participate at another time.

    Please review the Archpastoral Letter from Metropoligan Gregory and download the flyer here. Please follow the link to register - https://www.acrod.org/retreat

  • (2/19/21) Camping Season at Camp Nazareth 
    The Camping Season at Camp Nazareth is just around the corner. We are looking forward to the Summer and are hopeful that we will be able to proceed with our in-person Camping Program. The Camp Staff is preparing for a Summer AT Camp, however is monitoring the situation and will evaluate if this will be possible this year. Please read the letter from Metropolitan Gregory for more information.

  • (2/9/21) Updated Diocese COVID-19 Prayer List
    Please view the updated Protocol from Metropolitan Gregory and the updated Diocesan Prayer List - follow link listed under COVID 19 Special Petitions section

  • (2/6/21) Diocesan Homeroom Ministry
    Calling all youth ages 5-18...If you signed up for the new Diocesan “Homeroom” Ministry, don’t forget to PARTICIPATE online each week by posting comments, pictures and videos. Parents, if you signed your child up for the “Homerooms”, help them to participate. We have 65 youth from 27 parishes across the Diocese signed up for the “Homerooms”, but not all are participating yet. If you need any help logging on, downloading the app, or posting, or have any questions, please email fr.stephen.loposky@gmail.com. Thank you!!



Phased Return To Services - Covid19

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 outreach@apostlethomas.org for scheduling.

Visitors:
Based on the limited space we have, we will try to accommodate non-regular attendees and visitors if possible.
Visitors should reach out to outreach@apostlethomas.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.

 

Seating Schedule
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).  

3/7/21:   Group 2

3/14/21: Group 3

3/21/21: Group 1

3/28/21: 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

SPF 50 - Scripture Prayer Family

Updated for January 10, 2021!!!

Earlier, 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 Five 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.

 


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