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
February 28, 2015
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 6)." We are now in a time of preparation for Pascha, when the love of God destroyed the ultimate power of sin and death. The Church calls us to increased prayer and fasting, to increased almsgiving, to self-examination and confession. We are called to prepare our hearts … More...
The Lives of the Saints
March 2, 2015
(Feast Day ~ March 2) During the presidential election of 2004 we heard much about “chads”. After the reporters had exhausted their supply of words about such things as “dimpled chads” and “hanging chads”, they moved on to enlighten us about the country Chad and then to teach Americans - many for the first time - about St. Chad, who was bishop … More...
February 28, 2015
We will celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy with Vespers at Ss Peter & Paul Church in Potomac, MD at 5PM on Sunday, March 1. All are invited to this annual pan-Orthodox service. Bishop ANTHONY of the Antiochioan Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest will be the speaker. Lenten suppers, classes, and Stations of the … More...
The Good News of Orthodoxy
January 29, 2015
Today, brethren, you have heard how all the greatness of the kingdom of heaven has been compared to a grain of mustard seed. This analogue is something so small, so tiny; indeed, it is the tiniest of tiny things. How can it contain such great power? The Lord says that it does: “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I liken it?” When … More...