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St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD
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Chandelier Installation - 12/22/13

Glory to God!  Two generous donations commissioned the spectacular Byzantine chandelier that now graces St. Thomas Orthodox Church.  The chandelier was designed and installed by Andrew Gould.  It is modeled upon the 'Munich Choros', a medieval Byzantine fixture similar to the one still in place in the Decani Monastery, Kosovo.  The bars include an inscription in ornamental lettering from the book of Revelation: "There shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun, for the Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 22:5)

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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 prayer for the unity of the Orthodox Church

Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, head of the Church that is thy Body, who prayed for your disciples to the Father, “That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me”: To you we confess that your Church is one, and cannot be divided; we mourn for all who separate themselves from Her; we pray that you may make the schisms to cease. We put not our trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation; rather, we put all our hope in you, and we beg of you, send your Holy Spirit to guide our hierarchs, that they may rightly divide the word of your truth, and that they may bear witness to the unity of the Church in all their decisions. Preserve us, O Lord, from the Evil One and all his attempts to divide us, from the machinations of governments, from the ambitions of fallen men, and from the sin of pride. Heal the wounds caused by our lack of love, and fill us, and our hierarchs, with love for one another as brothers in Christ. Keep us in your truth; your word is truth. To you, and your Father, and the Holy Spirit: the Holy Trinity, the source and manifestation of all unity, one in essence and undivided, do we ascribe all praise, honor, and glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Amen.

Upcoming Services
Wednesday, January 16th
6:00am Moleben to the Theotokos
Friday, January 18th
Right to Life March - Washington, DC 10:00am
Saturday, January 19th
5:00pm Confession
5:30pm Great Vespers
Sunday, January 20th
8:45am Matins/Orthros
9:30am Sunday School
10:00am Divine Liturgy
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Announcements
  • January 18, 2019 is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC and St. Thomas has a long history of participation. Meet behind the Orthodox for Life banner. Transportation options are below:
    Buses from Waldorf
    • St. Peter's Catholic Church will have a bus that leaves for the March at 10am and will return close to 4pm. Call or email Kim Cardwell to reserve a spot: kimberly.cardwell@gmail.com, 301-481-8463
    • Our Lady Help of Christians will be taking middle and high school students to the Youth Mass and Rally.  It is an early and long day.  Please see the link for more details and to sign up: https://www.olhoc.com/rally
    Buses from La Plata
    • Sacred Heart Catholic Church is sponsoring one bus this year.  It is currently nearly or completely full, but there is a waitlist (people are regularly relinquishing their seats, so do put yourself on it).  The bus will go to the Mass for Families at the Cathedral of St. Matthew before proceeding to the Rally and March on the Mall.  Contact Bill Wannall at wwannall@sacredheartlaplata.org
    • CCYM will be taking middle and high school students to the Youth Mass and Rally.  It is an early and long day.  Please see the link for more details and to sign up: CCYM Sign-up
    Buses from PG County
    • St. Mary's Piscataway is sponsoring one bus and there are still spaces available!  Please see this Eventbrite Link to register.  If you have any questions, contact Paolo Addamiano-Carts 301-312-9588 (cell).


  • The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan 20th after Liturgy, from noon until 2 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to come! The more perspectives and voices we can have the better. The primary order of business is to approve the church’s 2019 budget and to elect Parish Council officers. For official votes, only those who are considered voting members of the church can vote, but anyone can come to participate in the meeting. See you on Sunday, Jan 20th!

  • Our Diocese is pleased to announce its second annual Senior Retreat which will take place at Camp Nazareth Retreat and Conference Center in Mercer, PA from May 13-16, 2019. The Retreat will feature keynote addresses by His Eminence Metropolitan Gregory who is inviting all our Diocesan Seniors, ages 55 and over, to join him for 3 days of fellowship, prayer, and rejuvenation. “How’s Your ‘Eyesight’?: Keeping your Focus on God as a Senior” is the theme of the Retreat. The Retreat will help our Seniors navigate the many challenges they face including retirement, transition, health and family all while remaining focused on and committed to our Lord. It will include worship, fellowship, learning, fun, time for reflection and relaxation, and time spent with our Diocesan Hierarch!

    Online Registration will begin on February 1, 2019. Visit acrod.org for more information and to register for the Retreat. Participants will also be able to register by mail. Again, visit acrod.org for more information. You may also call (724-662-4840) or email (campnazareth@acrod.org) the Camp for more information.

  • Camp Nazareth 2019 dates are announced. Registrations will be only taken by web. Click here for more information


  • 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