Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Western Rite parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
11199 Angleberger Road, Thurmont, MD 21788

Welcome To Our Parish



(June 15, 2024)  After being displaced from our facility for six months, we're happy to report that, starting Sunday, June 16, 2024, we will resume worship in our own facility!  Matins is at 9:30 a.m., and Mass at 10:00 a.m.


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.  Our members include former Protestants, Roman Catholics, and the unchurched who have discovered the treasures of Holy Orthodoxy and the richness of a sacramental life in Christ.  Above the splendor, beauty, and solemnity of ancient Christian worship, we proclaim, teach, and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ:  Who He is; what He has done; and what He expects of His followers (the essence of the Good News)!

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,


Live Stream of the Mass (below). The displayed video is a recording of the most current Mass. Subsequent Masses will broadcast live in that location.

Questions for Father James: Implications of the Resurrection (4/25/20)

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.

Click here to listen to the discussion

Sunday Mass Live Stream from Facebook

View the Sunday Mass, live-streamed here from our Facebook page each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. (11:30 a.m. on the last Sunday of the month) by clicking on the above image.

Lecture Notes from "The Orthodox Way of Praying the Holy Rosary" Lecture Series
Calendar of Events
Weekly Services
9:30am - Matins
10:00am - Mass

The Orthodox West Short Film

Follow three men on their journey to becoming Western Rite priests in the Orthodox Christian Church.

Feasts & Saints' Commemoration Days
St. Kentigern
13 Jan 2023 at 12:00am

St. Benedict Biscop
12 Jan 2023 at 12:00am

St. Paul the First Hermit
10 Jan 2023 at 12:00am