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

For the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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If we ever find a friend or relative in trouble, we will probably be inclined to help, to do whatever we can. But what about finding a stranger in distress? While it may be relatively easy to care for friends and family in time of need, today the church gives us the parable of the Good Samaritan to remind us of the importance of caring … More...

The Lives of the Saints

St. Stephen of Hungary, King and Confessor

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(Feast Day ~ September 2) It is difficult for Americans today (particularly those of us who live in the nation’s capital) to imagine the rule of a godly monarch. But history gives us numerous examples of those who - remembering St. Paul’s explanation that “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by … More...

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September Newsletter


A New Home for St. Gregory’s! As we near the 20th anniversary of the founding of our parish (on March 3, 1996), St. Gregory’s is embarking on a new chapter in our parish life. We are purchasing a 2.11-acre parcel of land at 13407 Roxbury Road in Silver Spring, Maryland for our new home. There is a small house on the … More...

The Good News of Orthodoxy

A Reading from a homily by St. Caesarius of Arles

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In the lesson which was read to us, dearly beloved, we heard about the time when the people were destroyed in the desert by serpents or basilisks, because of the pride of the Jews and their murmuring against the Lord. [Numbers 21:9]  Moreover, the Lord commanded Moses to make a brazen serpent and hang it on a tress, so that anyone who had been … More...

From a Sermon by St. Ambrose of Milan

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When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills. When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She does not disbelieve God’s word; she feels no uncertainty over the message or doubt about … More...