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Welcome To Our Parish

Welcome to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church located in Lewistown, Maryland (just 10 minutes north of Frederick).  We are a Western Rite mission of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.

We endeavor to bring the ancient Faith of Christ and the Apostles to the people of Frederick County and beyond.  Nearly all of our members are former Protestants who have discovered the treasures of Holy Orthodoxy and the richness of a sacramental life in Christ.

Browse our website and learn more about us.  And finally, please visit our historic chapel for a Sunday Mass, or for our upcoming special weekday services that are posted on the adjacent calendar.  We invite you to discover for yourself why people from all walks of life have found themselves drawn to the Faith that has remained a bastion of unwavering holiness for 2,000 years. In the words of Saint Philip, "Come and see." (John 1:46). 

Yours in Christ,

Father James K. Hamrick,

Pastor


Lives of the Saints
St. Bavo, Patron Saint of Haarlem

(Feast Day ~ October 1)

Christians have always invoked the prayers of the saints, especially in times of crisis. Often, an apparition of a saint or angel, or possession of relics, has provided comfort and encouragement in perilous times for individuals, cities, or even whole nations. Since the time of our national tragedy, September 11, 2001, we Americans would do well to pray for divine protection as others have done in times past.

On October 1, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Bavo, who has served as the patron saint of Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Bavo, born Allowin in c. 613, was a Flemish count, noted for his “ruthless, dissolute way of life.” His one great virtue during his early life was the love he had for his wife. Her sudden death brought about a complete transformation in Bavo.

In his grief, Bavo became a Christian and gave away his fortune. He repented of his former evil ways – even to the point of freeing a man he had unjustly sold into slavery and becoming that man’s servant. Bavo accompanied St. Amand on some missionary journeys and under his spiritual guidance and that of St. Floribert, he became an ascetic, living as a hermit near the city of Ghent.

After his repose in c. 659, the relics of St. Bavo were kept at Ghent and in the city of Haarlem. Revered for his repentance and humility, the saint became known as a “heavenly intercessor” and the people of Haarlem adopted him as the patron of their city.

May St. Bavo remind us that it is never too late for repentance and turning away from sin, and may we never cease to ask for the intercessions of the saints for protection for our cities and country.

 




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St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church

11199 Angleberger Road

Lewistown, MD  21788





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