St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

Sunday July 14, 2024







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, Very Reverend Fr. Joseph Edgington.

A Word From the Holy Fathers

We believe in the Gospel, but do we live in a way that is worthy of the Gospel? We confess and we call on the true God; but do we please Him with the faith and pure conscience that He requires of us? We listen to the holy word of God; but do we heed it, and do we correct ourselves according to its rules? We commune the holy and life-creating Mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ; but are we renewed by Holy Communion and do we progress towards a new spiritual personality?

Read the full context here...

- St. Tikhon of Zadonsk




4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Sunday, July 14
8:30am Catechism/Inquiry Class
8:45am Matins/Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, July 17
6:30pm Lay Vespers
Saturday, July 20
Prophet Elijah
4:30pm Confession
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, July 21
8:30am Catechism/Inquiry Class
8:45am Matins/Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy


  • Camp Nazareth Summer Camp 2024: Get ready for another great year at Camp Nazareth with three one-week programs in July 2024, followed by Science and Nature Camp in August. 

    For more information, please go to the [Diocesan Summer Camp 2024] section on the Camp Nazareth website.

  • The 2024 Camp Nazareth Wishlist is now out!  Please sponsor one of the items on the list (or even part of one) and help Camp fulfill its Wishlist goal for 2024.  Some of the items are related to the Campers, some to the Staff, some to the Kitchen, some to the Camp Church, and some for Programming and New Internship Positions.  The Camp Wishlist is a great way for you to support the Camp in its mission.  You can access the Wishlist by clicking this link:  2024 Camp Nazareth Wishlist.  Once you sponsor/reserve an item (or part of an item), you will be sent an email with instructions about how to give towards the item.  You will be directed to the "Donate" Tab or the "Support Camp Nazareth" Button on the Camp Website Homepage ( to make your contribution.  Just remember to put in the Memo line the name of the item you are sponsoring.  Again, please help us make it to our goal of having each item sponsored by visiting the Wishlist link above. 
  • More to come...


  • On the 5th of February, in the Year of Our Lord 2024, His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory elevated the priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church in Waldorf, MD to the rank of Economos (οἰκονόμος) which means “Steward”, with the added title of “Very Reverend Father Joseph”. With this elevation, he was presented with the epigonation (Greek: ἐπιγονάτιον, literally meaning "over the knee"), or palitza (Russian: палица, "club"), is a diamond-shaped vestment worn on the right side by priests and bishops.
    In the Byzantine tradition, the epigonation is awarded to a priest upon his elevation to exomologos (confessor) or the rank of οικονόμος. In the Russian tradition, it is an award given after many years of service. Though a Russian Palitza is identical in shape, and is obviously related to the Greek epigonation, the most literal Slavonic translation for epigonation is actually "Nabedrennik", which is another vestment, rectangular in shape, which no longer exists in non-Slavic usage.
    It represents a shield, originating from the thigh shield worn by soldiers during the days of the early church. The epigonation holds a dual meaning. First, it denotes the celebrant as a "soldier" of Christ. Second, it symbolizes the Word of God, fighting the wiles of the enemy. In historical use it was a purse, representing the finances of the Church.
    In the Church of the fourth century, the οἰκονόμος was an official responsible for managing ecclesiastical property, under the supervision of the bishop. He was chosen by clergy and laymen who had some experience with the law. In the medieval era, the οἰκονόμος was a trustee and steward of the items necessary for the orderly functioning of his church, or of his monastery (if he was a monk). In Constantinople, during the early period, an οἰκονόμος was a high official in the service of the Church and not necessarily himself in the clergy. At least one Ecumenical Patriarch, Kyriakos of Constantinople (595–606), served as οἰκονόμος and treasurer of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople prior to his election to the patriarchal throne.
    Today this is an honorary title to be awarded to presbyters by the bishop for exceptional service to the Church. For their 21 years of faithful service to the parish of St. Thomas, may the Lord our God grant to His servant, the Very Reverend Father Joseph and Pani Elizabeth many blessed years!

  • Become a Distinguished Diocesan Donor:
    We would like to invite you to become a Distinguished Diocesan Donor. Help us to edify Christ by building up The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese ministries and apostolates through the Distinguished Diocesan Donors Program. We invite you to view the brochure.

    For more information and to donate, please go to the Diocesan Donor website

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