In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and per guidance and directives from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), THE PARISH OF ST. ANDREW ORTHODOX CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED AND ALL SERVICES CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Additional information is available on the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) website, to include all statements from the Holy Synod of Bishops of the OCA, as well as a list of sites offering streaming services for continuing our Lenten Journey to Pascha during this time. Information regarding COVID-19 can also be found on the CDC website. May God grant us all good health and safety during this time; may He grant strength and wisdom to our spiritual leaders, all care providers and those in civil authority; and may He grant His healing powers and blessings to those who have fallen ill to or have been impacted by this virus.
It's time to get your Spring bulbs and support St. Andrew Orthodox Church at the same time! Please consider supporting this wonderful fundraiser for our parish and getting some beautiful Dutch Mill Bulbs for yourself or your friends. Bulb purchases can be made here. The link will prompt you to choose from a variety of popular items (all guaranteed to grow & bloom!), provide bill-to and ship-to addresses, and enter the seller’s name. Online orders are shipped directly to the address specified. There are shipping fees for orders under 25 packages. Shipping is free for 25 packages or more. Thank you for supporting St. Andrew Orthodox Church!
Welcome to Saint Andrew Orthodox Church! Our parish is located in the historic Butchers Hill District in East Baltimore near Patterson Park. We welcome you to come visit and worship with us and become part of our Orthodox Christian community. Please navigate through our web site to find out more about St. Andrew Orthodox Church, to include taking a virtual tour of our church. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you soon at one of our services or events!
Very Reverend Theodore Boback - Parish Rector
A group of 30 families came together in 1940 and founded St. Andrew under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Theodore Shevchuk within the jurisdiction of the Metropolia (now the Orthodox Church in America). Initially, the parish worshipped at Fayette and Linwood Streets until a permanent building was found. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the current building on E. Lombard and S. Chester Streets on Sunday, February 16, 1941.
The Vladicon "R" Club (now the Vladicon "O" Club) was founded in March of 1941, and the Sisterhood formed on May 1, 1941 with 11 founding members. The church building was consecrated on June 29, 1941 by Metropolitan Theophilus. The iconostasis was dedicated in 1943, a school and choir were established, and the mortgage was liquidated by the end of the decade. A church cemetery was established in the 1940s but was moved in the early 1950s to its present location on German Hill Road in Baltimore County.
The church suffered a disastrous fire on Sunday, February 15, 1970, beginning just after Divine Liturgy had ended. The interior, floor, and roof of the church were destroyed, but fortunately no one was injured. One of the few items to survive intact was an icon of St. Andrew. The parish worshiped temporarily at a building on South Broadway from March 1970 to March 1972 while reconstruction at the S. Chester and E. Lombard site took place. The reconstructed church and fellowship hall was consecrated in June 1972. The former church rectory, adjacent to the church, was renovated by parishioners in the early 1980s and was named the St. Andrew Resource Center. It currently houses the church school, pastor's office and meeting rooms.
Today, the parish serves Orthodox Christians from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds living in Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan counties of Anne Arundel, Carroll, Baltimore and Harford. New members are warmly welcome, and inquiries from individuals wishing to learn more about the Orthodox Faith are always encouraged.