Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
Hunt Valley, MD

This Week Announcements

1. Today, Monday Jan 25th, Fr. Damaskinos is starting an online Catechism class for people who are inquiring about Orthodoxy as we already have 3 people learning about our church and faith. This will be a series of 10 classes that will be held every other Monday 7:30pm-8:30 pm. If you would like to attend and refresh your knowledge in the basics of our faith and church you are welcome to. The zoom link is here
 Password: 909

2. Our Choir is Running a campaign on "Go Fund Me" to raise funds to cover the installation of the second phase of our sound system that includes speakers on the back of the church, eliminating the dead spots, and adding theater all-directional microphone for the choir. Your help is appreciated. Donate here:

3. Our Liturgical Services and meetings this week

+Tuesday at 8:00pm Bible Study (Book of Revelation Ch. 20-21) through zoom.  Password: bible. 

+Wednesday 6:30 pm Divine Liturgy. 

+Friday 7:00 pm The Service of the Paraklesis. 

+Saturday Jan 30st, Orthros and Divine Liturgy Starts 9:00am for the Three Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom.  It is the Teachers' day in the Orthodox Church, Happy Teacher's Day to all Orthodox teachers. Read more about the Feast here:

+Sunday Jan31st, Divine Liturgy and 40 days memorial service for Jacob Mufareh. 


Church Etiquette Reminder
1. Cellphone not to be used unless you look at the Epistle and Gospel during the reading of them and if you are following the Orthros service, other than this please keep you cellphone on silent mode or turn it off. 
2. Always remember, you are at church, you are in the presence of God and preparing yourself for Holy Communion therefore, dress appropriately, do not cross the legs when sitting in the pews, no gum. Remember, You are in a sacred place and you are not there by yourself. 

Stewardship Campaign 2021
If you have not done so, please print and fill in your stewardship card 2021here: mail it, or email it to the church. Another way to submit your info is through our website here:

Please read and adhere to the followings directives effective immediately: 

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE SERVICES  using this link the capacity for each service is for 50 people. 

1. If you are sick and not feeling well, or if you or any one in your house hold waiting  for Covid Test or intending to have one, stay home and follow up with your health provider.  If you think you have been exposed to COVID please quarantine the appropriate time before coming back to services. If you attend a service then after that you test positive for COVID-19 please notify Fr. Damaskinos immediately so we can take the next steps to protect the congregation.

2. Elderly people (65 and older) are Strongly advised to pray with us online and avoid coming to services. If you are an elderly and want to receive communion, please contact Fr. Damaskinos and he will arrange a time and date for you to come and receive communion.

3. Families with Kids under 5 years old: We are asking the parents to strictly keep the mask on your children's face (2 years and older)Make every effort not to roam around with the kids, and to keep your kids next to you in the pew assigned.  The only place to take the kids for a break is the parking lot. Make all efforts not to group your kids with other kids in the same pew or at any place inside the building. Some helpful tips, bring some icons, coloring or small toys to keep your under 5 years old occupied. 
4. When coming to the church please make sure not to congregate in the Narthex while the ushers are checking you in. If you see a family  checking in inside, wait a couple minutes outside until the Narthex is clear and the usher is inviting you in. 

5. Facemask is a mandatory, and please make sure to follow the CDC guidelines regarding the face mask including: COVER BOTH MOUTH AND NOSEnot just one of them, do not place the mask under your chin, or hang it on one of the earsIt is not about having a mask but putting on a mask. The mask or bandana should be at least two layers of fabric materials, and please do not remove the face mask off your face during the service at all.

6. After Liturgy we are not to congregate inside the church or in the narthex even with face masks. I know we all miss each other and want to talk to each other, please use the parking lot for this purpose and even there keep social distancing and face mask on. 

7. Please follow the ushers directives. They are serving you with all respect and love. 

Virtual Narthex
We have added another way for you to light a candle, request a prayer and put in your weekly donation through our Virtual Narthex. the candles will be lit on Sunday morning and the picture will be posted on our Facebook page. 

visit the link of the virtual Narthex here on our website.


Saint Mary Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Most Rev. Metropolitan JOSEPH 
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
Right Rev. Bishop THOMAS  Diocese of Charleston and Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic
Rev Father Damaskinos Issa, Pastor
Parish Council and Church Leaders
 Robert Sallitt
Sam Darraj
Mary Rizkallah

Eiad Nasser
George Makhamreh

Sylvia Tsakalos
Andy Markopoulos
Nuha Jabaji 
Christ Kerlish
Choir Director: Elie Azar
Sunday School: Sylvia Tsakalos
Youth Director: Zade Jabaji
JOY:Hayat Jabbour, Yousef Jabaji
Teen SOYO president:Sarah Jabbour
SOYO Advisors: Abe Morjana, Andrew Markopoulos
Ladies Society: Nuha Jabaji
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909 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
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