As a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, effective March 17, 2020, and until further notice, the Archdiocese has ordered the cessation of all public church gatherings including public attendance at the prayer offices and divine services. Clergy and servers will still serve the prayer offices and Sunday Mass, but no one else will be permitted to attend.
However, we encourage the faithful to remotely view the Sunday Mass and to pray with the clergy and servers while the Mass is being live streamed each Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. via the church's Facebook page. Simply scroll down to the "Life Stream of the Mass (embedded)" and once the Mass goes live on the church's Facebook page, the broadcast will automatically begin playing in that screen. No Facebook account is required! You may also view the broadcast directly from the church's Facebook page by scrolling to the "Sunday Mass Live Stream from Facebook" widget and clicking on the image in order to be taken directly to the church's Facebook page.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times, and above all, please remain vigilant in your prayers, asking for God's mercy, grace, protection, and healing presence for all!
Welcome to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church. For those wishing to visit us, the physical address of our historic chapel is:
11199 Angleberger Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
in the unincorporated village of Lewistown, Maryland (just 10 minutes north of Frederick). We are a Western Rite parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.
We endeavor to bring the ancient Faith of Christ and the Apostles to the people of Frederick County and beyond. Nearly all of our members are former Protestants who have discovered the treasures of Holy Orthodoxy and the richness of a sacramental life in Christ.
Browse our website and learn more about us. And finally, please visit our historic chapel for a Sunday Mass, or for our upcoming special weekday services that are posted on the adjacent calendar. We invite you to discover for yourself why people from all walks of life have found themselves drawn to the Faith that has remained a bastion of unwavering holiness for 2,000 years. In the words of Saint Philip, "Come and see." (John 1:46).
Yours in Christ,
Father James K. Hamrick,
On April 25, 2020, Deacon Stephen Kerr kicked off the inaugural edition of Questions for Father James with five questions regarding the broad and sweeping implications of the Resurrection of our Lord.