St. Thomas Orthodox welcomes parishioners

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church holds Sunday services at 10 a.m.

Like sticking candles into a birthday cake, the 110-foot arm of the crane lowered three onion-shaped domes onto the first Orthodox Christian church in Southern Maryland — St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church.

"From the outside, the domes represent the trinity — although some say they're like the flames on candles," said Joseph Edgington, the pastor at St. Thomas, in a press release.

For the Orthodox, the church building is a manifestation of heaven on earth; the whole building "making present" the spiritual realities that it symbolizes, according to the release. As a result, Orthodox Churches, even small ones like St. Thomas, tend to be richly decorated with icons of the saints, brocaded linens and the smell of incense hanging in the air.

The Orthodox church is the second largest Christian denomination in the world. Services are in English and all are welcome to attend. Lunch is served following the Sunday service which begins at 10 a.m. St. Thomas is at 4419 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf.