We are located at 433 Liberty Street; Hagerstown, MD
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Find the January 2022 Newsletter on the Our Newsletter page
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Welcome to Saint Catherine Orthodox Church
St.Catherine icon was written by the hand of Nicholas Papas. Read more about Nick and his journey to iconography here
Fr. Dennis Buck
who turned 70! in July 2020.
God Grant You Many Years.
Also Father Dennis
has been serving Saint Catherines' for over 35 years.
We invite you to light a candle at Saint Catherine Eastern Orthodox Church.
Upon entering an Orthodox church it is customary to light candles and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend. Candles are lit before icons as a sign of one’s faith and hope in God’s help that is always sent to all who turn to Him and His Saints with faith and prayers. In practice, when lighting a candle in Church the faithful usually make a small offering to the Church. By lighting a candle and offering a prayer, one enters into closer contact with the Church and her ministry to the faithful, invisibly warming the soul by the visible light of the candle.
How can we do this now, in the time of restrictions and isolation? Send an email, call, or leave a message on FB with what size candles and how many you need. Fr. Dennis will make sure the candles are lit before the Liturgy. We offer 3 sizes: 7-day ($4), medium($1) and small($.50) candles. Please, send the candle money to our church address or to our treasurer's office address, clearly marked "light a candle" on the envelope or check.
If you need the address or directions, please, don't hesitate to contact us.
Light a Candle
“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Saint Catherine Eastern Orthodox Church of Hagerstown of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) is pleased to welcome you to our Website. Saint Catherine is the oldest Orthodox Church serving the Lord in Western Maryland.
We are excited to share that in December 2021 we will mark our 40th Anniversary in Hagerstown, Maryland. For most of the 40 years of our Parish, V. Rev. Fr. Dennis Buck has served as our Priest.
Services are in English, with Greek, Slavonic, and Romanian sprinkled in spontaneously. Our parish is distinguished by the large number of priests sent out from our parish and also the high ratio of children to adults in our congregation.
We are a community of believers who are always happy to see new faces, so bring yours in today and let your voice raise up with ours in a sacrifice of prayer and praise to Him who rose from the dead, trampling down death by Death.
If you have ever wondered where the 1st historic church of Christ disappeared too, look no further, it never disappeared. Come visit our humble parish and learn more about the Church responsible for assembling the Bible and responsible for keeping the faith connected together through time, undivided now for over 2000 years. The Orthodox Church has a rich history worth investigating. Learn how strong her walls are and how they have stood the test of time.
She is and always will be the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
Due to the coronavirus pandemic our church doors are currently open for a maximum of 40 people for Sunday Divine Liturgy. We require masks for the unvaccinated (optional for those vaccinated), physical distancing, and offer candle purchase and lighting assistance.
More details regarding the pandemic response from the Orthodox Church in America can be found here. Washington County Md covid information found here.
Photo gallery from Tuesday September 14, 2021 Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
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Saturday January 29, 2022, Great Vespers at 6:30 PM. preceded by Panikhida at 6 PM
Sunday January 30, 2022 Divine Liturgy, Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Basil, Gregory, and John
St Catherine's is live streaming most church services.
You can watch the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 pm on Sunday January 30, 2022. Also you could watch the services later once they are posted. Click our Facebook Page button to watch.
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Below are some great resources if you are looking for more information about Orthodoxy or if you just need a refresher course.
Saint Catherine Orthodox Church is a member of the Orthodox Church of America. Visit the OCA website to learn more about Orthodoxy, her mission here in America, and other important information about the undivided One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church.
Quick right to the point podcasts great for kids
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