St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

December 8, 2019 – 25th Sunday After Pentecost





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

"...One can pray always and everywhere, walking or sitting..... Prayer is the raising of the mind to God, during which one must ask His goodness for the remission of sings, saying: "O Lord! take away my sins from me and deprive me not of Your loving-kindness; grant me victory and mastery over the enemy and over all the passions..."

– St. Theodore of Sanaxar

Full context in the Sobornost for December 8, 2019

Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge 2019

Dear Beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese,

It is hard to believe that this month marks the seventh anniversary of my Consecration and Enthronement as your Hierarch. During my visits to the parishes you have often heard me preaching on the state of affairs, locally, nationally and globally. Conflicts, wars and senseless violence continue to inflict pain and suffering and spill blood everywhere. I continue to be deeply saddened that peace and stillness elude us. Recent events continue to reveal that demonic forces are fighting against us, that evil continues to exist in the world. So many innocent people are killed or wounded on a daily basis. Everyday people are dying needlessly in our towns and cities. For what? Can someone please explain it to me. This lack of peace and stillness is the direct result of increased selfishness and hatred throughout the world. Whatever we as inhabitants of this planet are doing it is not working, somehow it is not enough. Obviously we as humans cannot achieve peace and stillness on our own. We need the help of someone and that someone is the Lord.

In addition, many ills (demons) afflict us, just like the demon-possessed man in the land of the Gadarenes. Whether it is an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, lying, cheating, stealing, ungratefulness, anger, hatred, domestic violence or something else, we need the Lord. If we are feeling like we are sinking because we are overwhelmed in our home life, work life, school life or even our social life (including social media and technology) we must be like Peter. He was walking on the water towards Jesus and he was distracted by the winds and waves. As he began to sink, Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30).

As we once again enter the Season of the Nativity Fast, I ask you, actually I plead with you, the good faithful people of our Diocese, to join me on a journey to meet the new born King. During these 40 days leading to the Nativity of our Lord let us increase our efforts in church attendance, in prayer, in fasting, in scriptural reading, in almsgiving, in repentance and confession, in receiving the Eucharist.

This year, just like the last four years, I am challenging everyone, clergy and laity, to offer a special prayer for peace and stillness during evening prayers. During the Litany of Fervent Supplication at each Divine Liturgy a special petition is also to be included. The text of these prayers will be provided to the Clergy for distribution. Each household should have sufficient copies so that young people who can read have one by their bed to use nightly and those who are too young to read may say the prayer with their parents before they go to bed. Of course, all the adults should also participate.

To assist with this challenge, a special web page has been created on the Diocesan Website, Praying for Peace, which contains downloadable texts of the special prayers. Other postings will be made on various social media outlets to encourage maximum exposure and participation.

With all of us united in prayer and laboring for peace and stillness this Nativity Fasting Season, I am convinced that we will help to make our lives and that of others throughout the world more peaceful and still, even if only in a small way.

Working in His Vineyard with much love,

+Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa

Follow link to download a copy of the prayer




4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Friday, December 13th
6:00am Moleben to the Cross
Saturday, December 14th
5:00pm Confession
5:30pm Great Vespers
Sunday, December 15th
8:45am Matins/Orthros
9:30am Sunday School
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Social Team 4
Wednesday, December 18th
6:00am Moleben to the Theotokos
  • 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.

  • Glory to Jesus Christ! The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constanitinople has elevated His Grace, Bishop Gregory to the rank of Metropolitan. See the announcement on the ACROD website.

    Bishop Gregory


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