Maryland Newspaper Features Western Rite Parish


Fr. James Hamrick (photo: David Frey)Fr. James Hamrick (photo: David Frey)Journalist David Frey recently wrote about St. John the Baptist Mission, Lewistown, MD, for the Frederick News-Post. "In an old red brick church down a winding road," begins the article, "Gregorian chants and incense rise up to the bell tower.

"'Kyrie eleison,' the congregants intone, while at the altar, a retired cop-turned-Orthodox priest performs rituals as old as Christianity. When he steps down to face the crowd, he delivers a sermon like a country preacher, sweat beading on his forehead. 'Some of us here are former Methodists,' says the Rev. James Hamrick, wearing white vestments over a black cassock, addressing two-dozen worshippers scattered sparsely through the pews. 'Some of us were former Lutherans. Some of us were former Episcopals. Evangelicals. Non-denominational Christians. Pentecostals. But the one single factor that is common to all of our journeys — no, not where we come from — is that fact that we pursued the truth of God’s self-revelation.'"

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