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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,


Lives of the Saints
St. Denys, Patron Saint of France

(Feast Day ~ October 9)

On October 9, we venerate St. Denys. As with St. Bavo, whom we venerated on October 1, St Denys was adopted as the particular saint whose prayers were requested by the people of France, their patron saint.

In the early 3rd century, Denys (or Dionysius), who was Italian by birth, was consecrated to the office of Bishop and sent as a missionary into Gaul with five other bishops. Denys, along with the Priest, Rusticus, and the Deacon, Eleutherius, as his missionary companions, established a Christian center in the city of Paris on an island in the River Seine.

The preaching of the missionaries resulted in many conversions which threatened the pagan inhabitants. They were captured by the pagans, imprisoned, and finally beheaded, receiving the crown of martyrdom around the year 250.

Through many troubling times, the prayers of St. Denys, Bishop and Martyr, have been sought by the Christian people of France. As our country faces the dangers of war and terrorist attacks, may St. Denys pray for us, and may we – like the citizens of France – look to God and his saints and angels for divine assistance.


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St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church

11199 Angleberger Road

Lewistown, MD  21788

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