We are open on a rotating schedule!
Please be sure to read all information and follow the link for the guidelines. I can't wait to see you! - Fr. Joseph
Attendance during services is still limited by certain protocols. Divine Liturgy to parishioners in a scheduled 3-week rotation (UPDATED 8/11/20). Please follow the link to the COVID Return to Service Guidelines. There you will find important information regarding attending (such as Maryland requirement for face coverings) as well as a password-protected link to the seating charts. Please reach out if you do not have the website password.
8/16/20: Group 3
8/23/20: Group 1
8/30/20: Group 2
9/6/20: Group 3
Each Sunday after Divine Liturgy (approx. 11:45am) all parishioners whose group did not attend Divine Liturgy may come to receive Holy Eucharist, pray, and light candles. The priest won't empty the chalice until around 12:30. Please maintain Eucharistic fasting and prayer discipline if planning to receive.
Parishioners not attending Divine Liturgy are encouraged to pray and follow the online services from our Cathedral: Link to Live-Stream.
Vespers, now beginning on Saturdays at 5:00pm are open to everyone. Please contact Fr. Joseph for Confession.
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.
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
"...Thereby having come into the unity of faith and communion of the Spirit through the dispensation of the One who died for us and is sitting at the right hand of the Father, we are no longer on earth but standing by the royal throne of God in heaven, where Christ is, just as He himself says: “Righteous Father, sanctify in you name those whom you gave me, so that where I am, they may be with me” (cf. Jn.17). ..."
- St. Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, On the Divine Liturgy
Full context in the Sobornost for July 26, 2020
At the beginning of Great Lent this year 2020, 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 during Great Lent.