St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

March 29, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Special Awareness Regarding Covid-19

Services will be offered by the Priest and other necessary few individuals until April when the situation will be assessed for regular attendance and resumption of all services.

We will now be holding services as usual, but with only a few people present to assist Fr. Joseph. For the time being, please don’t come to these services and put others at risk. Under these circumstances, social distancing is love. Parishioners are encouraged to watch services online at our Cathedral during our time of exile - Cathedral Service Live-Stream.

In March, people can come, light candles, and pray at St. Thomas on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 pm, Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Some of these times are before services — please don’t plan on staying.

Read the full note from Fr. Joseph here.


Below is an excerpt from Protocol 9 from His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa. Please read the full context in his letter.

"As we move forward until further notice, all divine services will be offered by the Priest and any other necessary few individuals in our Churches. The people are instructed to stay home and watch services that are being broadcast from either their own Church or from the Cathedral in Johnstown."

 

Refer to the Special Petitions page for prayers to be said during Liturgy and personal prayer. 

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

... "Such is our hybrid nature which, in my view at least, takes this form so that whenever we feel exalted because of our likeness to God’s image, we may be brought down because of our clay."

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- St. Gregory the Theologian, Oration 14.6-7

Full context in the Sobornost for March 22, 2020

SPF 50 - Scripture Prayer Family

With the start of Great Lent 2020, our Diocese will also start 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.

 

 

 

 

4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

(click for directions via Google Maps)

 

 

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Sunday, March 29th
9:00am Live-Stream Divine Liturgy
12:00pm - 2:00pm Church open for prayer and lighting candles
Wednesday, April 1st
7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy
Friday, April 3rd
6:00am Moleben to the Cross
Saturday, April 4th
5:00pm Confession
5:30pm Great Vespers
Announcements
  • 3/29/20 8:00pm EDT Interview with Metropolitan Gregory on Ancient Faith
    A one-of-a-kind, in-depth interview by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory will be aired on a very special 5th Sunday Stewardship Calling Program on Ancient Faith Radio on Sunday, March 29th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

    This is a wonderfully frank, personal and comprehensive interview. Diocesan faithful and friends are encourage to Log in here

  • ACROD 2020 Lenten Retreats Announced
    Our Annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats sponsored by the ACRY will take place during March and April at the following locations:

    Central Region - Saturday March 28, 2020 - St. Nicholas,  Homestead, PA
    Eastern Region - Saturday April 4, 2020 - St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem, PA
    Western Region - Saturday April 4, 2020 - St. Alexis, Battleground, IN

    Please read the Archpastoral Letter from His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory
    Click the link for information about the retreats
    Registration forms can be found for Central and Eastern retreats

  • Camp Nazareth & Science and Nature Camp Online Registration is now open..

    Why Parents Should Send Their Children To Camp...

    Register here for Camp Nazareth & Science and Nature Camp

  • 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.

  • St. George Mission Team Trip Spots still open
    St. George Mission Team, of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, still has space available for the July 12-18, 2020 trip!  They will be working with the OYMT (Orthodox Youth Mission Team) and the Appalachia Service Project to repair homes in a very poverty stricken area of Appalachia. This is wonderful opportunity to put your faith to work for some very well deserving people. The more St. George can bring on this trip the more families they can assist. 

    Please consider joining the 2020 team. They are looking for youth from 8th grade and above and adults
    Contact Athena Kaiser at avkmail@verizon.net or #240-498-0870 with questions and registration information. 

    Watch the Video link for more information

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