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 10/12/20)The seating chart has been modified. Those affected have been individually contacted. For the latest chart please click on the link to the seating chart. Please reach out if you do not have the website password.
Please review the COVID Return to Service Guidelines. There you will find important information regarding attending (such as Maryland requirement for face coverings).
10/18/20: Group 3
10/25/20: Group 1
11/1/20: Group 2
11/8/20: Group 3
Each Sunday after Divine Liturgy (approx. 11:30am) 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 12:00. 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 on Saturdays is at 5:00pm and 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
"... Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world. Let us turn to every age that has passed, and learn that, from generation to generation, the Lord has granted a place of repentance to all who would be converted to Him. Noah preached repentance, and as many as listened to him were saved. Jonah proclaimed destruction to the Ninevites; but they, repenting of their sins, propitiated God by prayer, and obtained salvation, although they were aliens to the covenant of God. ..."
- St. Clement, Pope of Rome, First Letter to the Corinthians
Full context in the Sobornost for October 11, 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.