St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

Next Sunday, December 11, 2022

 

 

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.

Nativity Prayer Challenge

"We now embark on our annual journey to Bethlehem. The Church, as a wise and loving mother, knows that we need preparation in order to reap the spiritual fruits of celebrating Our Lord’s theophany—the “manifestation of God” in His Incarnation, Birth, and Baptism. Yet, while we often sing “let us lay aside all earthly cares” in the Cherubic Hymn of the Divine Liturgy, it seems that our earthly cares increase exponentially during these last two months of the year. To balance this, I urge you to not let this holy season of the Nativity Fast pass by unnoticed. During these next forty days, let us all increase our efforts in attending the divine services; in fasting to the best of our ability; in reading the Holy Scriptures; in charity and almsgiving; in repentance and the Sacrament of Holy Confession; in receiving the Holy Eucharist; and in heartfelt daily prayer.

To help in this last spiritual activity, I have reached out to you with the challenge of offering a special daily prayer during the Nativity Fast. I thank you for your participation in years past and thank you for taking up the challenge in 2022. May Almighty God bless this small effort and grant growth and vitality of our God-Protected Diocese, our parishes, family members and all the well being of those in need of God’s mercy and compassion."

Read the full letter from His Eminence and download the Prayer Challenge from the Diocesan website.


Prayer For Special Intentions - Evening Prayers (New Calendar Version)

 

-Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa

 

 

 

4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Saturday, December 10th
4:30pm Confession
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, December 11th
8:45am Matins/Orthros
9:30am Sunday School
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, December 14th
6:30pm Lay Vespers
7:00pm Study Series - Exploration of the Divine Liturgy
Announcements
  • (11/06/22) New Church App - Online Donation Available
    St. Thomas Parish now has a smartphone app! Our parish family is encouraged to download the “Church Center” app on either the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once you've downloaded the App, search for our parish. From the app you can see the Church calendar, donate, participate in church groups, and be notified about important information from St. Thomas Church. There are two ways you can connect:
    • Download the Church Center app to your iOS or Android device
    • Or you can go to the website to give using the Church Center Website instead of the app


  • (10/10/22) Study Series - The Divine Liturgy

    Ever wondered why we do the things we do in Liturgy? When did the Liturgy come about? What did the Early church Fathers teach regarding worship? Why do we say 'Amen'? What is an Antiphon anyway?

    These and other questions will be explored during a new Study Series, Exploration of the Divine Liturgy beginning Wednesday, October 19 at St Thomas.

    In the series, will work through the Liturgy to understand why each part is there, its significance in our Corporate Worship and our personal Christian development with a goal of bringing us closer to Christ. We will look at historical writings and explanations to gain a better understanding of our Liturgy.

    The Series will begin Wednesday October 19 and will be held each Wednesday evening from 7:00 - 8:00 in the Parish Hall (house behind the church) following Lay Vespers (6:30 - 7:00). Please plan to attend and together we will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Christian faith that is culminated in the Divine Liturgy.

    "The most important aspect of the divine service is that the Orthodox Christian enters into a mystical union with God through the celebration of the Mysteries, especially in the Mystery of Holy Communion; and from this union with God, the Orthodox Christian receives the power of Divine Grace to live a righteous life." -  Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy

  • (6/24/22) US Supreme Court - Roe v. Wade Overturned
    In light of the Supreme Court of the USA's Announcement of the Reversal of  Roe Vs. Wade decision today, His Eminence has asked that we post two documents from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA:

     
    And the Second, Dated June 24, 2022, A Press Release published on the AOB website regarding the Overturning of Roe V. Wade

    It is important that our parish faithful in the aftermath of this Supreme Court ruling have accurate and concise information regarding the Orthodox Church's position on the Sacredness of Human Life and the termination of life via Abortion. The linked statements above were approved by the entire membership of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.

  • (2/26/22) IOCC - Help People in Need

    The core of IOCC’s work has always been responsibly and effectively offering humanitarian aid. As of today, The IOCC has been in touch with partners in Ukraine and across the region.

    Please consider giving today by clicking this link

  • (2/8/22) Latest Covid Prayer List
    His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory has asked that we forward the attached Archpastoral Letter with the updated Covid-19 prayer list. It can be found here

SPF 50 - Scripture Prayer Family

Updated for Great Lent, 2022!!!

Lent is the perfect time to give your family’s spiritual life a boost (or a jump-start)! During our Lenten journey to Our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection during Holy Week and Pascha, the Church calls us to increase our fasting, prayer, and charity. These activities don’t just take place in the church building—they are meant to be part of our home life as Orthodox Christians.

During the weekdays of Lent, the Scripture readings in church are from the Old Testament. We have selected some Old Testament stories that are both connected to Pascha and are important for children to learn. We will learn about Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea; the Three Youths in the Furnace; and Jonah in the whale.

Follow the below links to participate in this campaign.

Click to Download Lent 2022 Issue (Mar 6 - Apr 16, 2022)

Click To Download Seventh Issue (Jul 7 - Oct 2, 2021)

Click To Download Sixth Issue   (Apr 4 - Jul 3, 2021)

Click To Download Fifth Issue 

Click To Download Fourth Issue

Click To Download Third Issue

Click To Download Second Issue

Click To Download First Issue 


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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