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
May 12, 2013
Today, in the Church, we have another one of those days with many names: first today is called Low Sunday in contrast with the high of Pascha. Then Quasimodo Sunday - from the Latin incipit for today’s introit (where we heard that like new born babes we are to desire the spiritual milk of God’s word in order to grow). Then today is sometimes … More...
The Lives of the Saints
May 25, 2013
(Feast Day ~ May 25) As we journey through life, seeking perfection by conforming our wills to God’s will, we are surrounded by many mentors, both among our fellow Christians and those saints - apostles, teachers, missionaries, martyrs and monastics - who have gone before us. Through their examples, their writings and their intercessions, we … More...
May 4, 2013
We begin this month with the holiest week of the liturgical year. Time stands still as we follow Our Lord’s steps from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem until his Crucifixion and glorious Resurrection on Easter. We will share a bountiful Paschal feast at the meal following the Liturgy on Saturday, May 4. The Liturgy … More...
The Good News of Orthodoxy
May 12, 2013
The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior has consecrated the vigil of this most sacred night for us, dearly beloved, as we have heard from the Gospel reading. Rightly do we celebrate this night with watching and hymns, out of love for Him who, out of love for us, willed to spend it in the sleep of death and to be raised from the dead. As the … More...