We are a Western Rite Orthodox church located about two miles north of the White House in our nation’s capital. As a congregation of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, we are part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East (“…the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” Acts 11:26). While we share the faith of all Orthodox Christians around the world, as a Western Rite congregation we are blessed by our bishops to use the ancient forms of Western worship. Most of us are converts from many different backgrounds who have come to Orthodoxy in search of authentic Christianity and a place where we may grow in knowledge and love of God. In the Orthodox Church we have found the “pearl of great price” and we rejoice to share what we have discovered. We hope that you will explore our web site and join us in worship.
Sermons by Fr. Nicholas Alford
December 1, 2014
I’m afraid that I have nearly reached the point of changing the radio station when I hear a Christmas Carol and cringing when I hear Christmas hymns while shopping at Home Depot. It seems that I have reached this point earlier than normal this year, but then the Christmas decorations have been in the stores for weeks already. In Greece some six … More...
The Lives of the Saints
December 16, 2014
(Feast Day ~ December 16) Every four years, we Americans endure what always seems like an endless political campaign. And then the maneuvering and “wheeling and dealing” of the political arena begin in earnest as a new president-elect makes appointments and congressional leaders seek new alliances. This is normal life for those of us who live in … More...
December 1, 2014
There will be two events in Advent to help us prepare for celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The first is a time of reflecting for the women of the parish on Saturday, December 6 beginning at 3:30PM. Presbytera Catherine will lead a discussion of the book The One Thing Needful: Meditations for the Busy … More...
The Good News of Orthodoxy
November 30, 2014
"I behold a new and wondrous mystery! My ears resound to the shepherd's song, piping no soft melody, but loudly chanting a heavenly hymn! The angels sing! The archangels blend their voices in harmony! The cherubim resound their joyful praise! The Seraphim exalt His glory! All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead herein... on … More...