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Welcome to Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
Holy Apostles Orthodox Church is a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), founded with the purpose of bringing the Gospel and Divine Services of the Russian Orthodox Church to the people of America in the English language. We invite you to come to any of the Divine Services or events at our mission church. In 2009 we were gifted a beautiful, historic chapel and two-acre campus by the Christian Brothers. Our vision is to establish the parish in its new home, from where the parish can continue to thrive and grow as a living icon of Orthodox missions in America.
Architect Andrew Gould delivered a beautiful watercolor of his concept for our New Parish Hall, just in time for us to display at our Capital Fundraising Launch Event June 10. See more of Andrew's architectural drawings for the new parish hall, and watch our two-part video of his talk with the parish in October 2017, where he discusses his vision for our new campus, through designs integrated with the style of our historic Chapel.
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Sunday School Curriculum
$5000 Matching Grant Fundraiser surpasses goal early!
Announcement: We reached the match goal, with $61 to spare. We have raised $10,061! Glory to God! We are on the road to the $500,000 needed to begin building our parish hall.
Thank you to all who have so generously contributed towards the match.
Thank God for His mercy towards us.
We invite you to join our Capital Campaign, which runs through Summer 2022. Full information and Capital Campaign Pledge Form are available here.
To help get the word out to a wider audience, we are hiring the services of Fr. John Parsells to produce a video for our parish, as part of the kickoff for this next phase. Visit Orthodox360 to see examples of the superb videos his company produces.
You can contribute at any time using the PayPal buttons on our website, or you can mail a check to Holy Apostles at PO Box 594, Beltsville, MD 20705.
Learn more about our historic St Joseph's Chapel and our Parish Hall Building Project here.
God bless us, every one.
Love in Christ,
This Week's Message
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We must be always thankful to God for His mercy in allowing us to continue to pray before Him and enable us to move ahead with our life and plans for our parish. The recent matching grant placing $10,000 at our disposal is an extraordinary item for thanksgiving. Our fundraising group chaired by Mariya Petrenko is ever active, devising means to attract attention to our Godly building needs. Fr. John Parsells, proprieter of the video enterprise Orthodox 360, is providing us with a promotional video to make us and our needs known at large. We continue to pray for the potential start of our building in the summer of 2021.
The latest item for thanksgiving is the emergence after a very long rest of the veneration of the Holy Right-believing Alfred, King of England, known to history as Alfred the Great. Father Andrew Phillips of our diocese of Great Britain composed a service to St. Alfred which we sang in our services the past weekend. Inspired by his study of St. Alfred's supreme example of Christian Kingship, our Father Christopher composed an intercessory prayer which he prayed at the post-liturgical moleben. This prayer is reproduced in our announcements page. It is a supremely fit and much needed prayer on behalf of our beloved country in her need at this time. Together with Metropolitan Hilarion, I recommend it for private use now as we hold our nation to our hearts in her struggles.
Our prayers for another day for outdoor services at our beautiful chapel site have been answered in the nick of time. Please make every attempt to attend as we don't know when again we will be able to worship outdoors. As most are aware, the recent upsurge in COVID cases has become the catalyst for a return to restrictive limits on indoor gatherings. We need to recall that, while the world under satanic guidance regards prayerful gatherings as "non-essential," as followers of Christ and our patrons, His holy apostles, we know that the essence of life is not mere physical survival, but includes, nay must include, our gathering as the Body of Christ to receive Him from heaven as He promised. As the Lord said just before his departure from this earth, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." And, as he said to the devil during the temptation, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." We will continue and, as God allows, include as many as possible in our ongoing corporate prayer life. We have been given the gift of the ability to continue in our worship throughout this stress-filled time. God's gifts are never ending.
We must pray for each and all to continue in health, both bodily and spiritual.
With love in our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
God-willing, we will continue to live-stream the Divine Services from our parish Facebook page:
11/14 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
11/19 - Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal
11/21 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
11/26 - Thursday - Thanksgiving Day - no choir rehearsal
11/27 - Friday - Holy Apostle Philip’s day, the Beginning of the Nativity Fast
11/28 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
12/1 - Tuesday 7:00 PM Moleben and Akathist before the Wonderworking Kursk Icon of the Sign of the Mother of God - Protectress of the Russian Diaspora
12/3 – Thursday 6:30 PM Evening Vigil
Parish Hall Fundraising - At a Glance
Parish Calendar with Smartphone Sync
Sync your smartphone, tablet and PC to our parish calendar with one click. Supports Apple iCal (Mac or iOS) and Google Calendar. Or, view, print, copy and save our Service and Event Schedule in List View.
EPISTLE BOOK, published by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
NEW for 2020!
The only Orthodox Epistle Book using the KJV text. Includes the Acts and the Epistles, arranged for liturgical use according to Russian Orthodox practice. An appendix features all relevant prokeimena and readings for the whole year. Rubrics, introductory notes and monthly calendar for the Church Year are also included. Hardbound with full color dust cover, 632 pages. Published by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church and St Polycarp Press.
Full info and links to order on this special page.
Weekly Parish Announcements
We continue to be inspired by the visitation of the Holy Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God on Saturday, 9/9. Please keep the Icon's devoted steward, Subdeacon Nectary, always in your prayers for his continued strength.
Orthodox Christianity: Founded 33 AD
Two thousand years ago, after receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the apostles of Christ went out from their native Israel to bring the Christian Faith to all the far reaches of the world. The ancient Christian Faith, founded so long ago, remains unchanged today and is found in the Orthodox Church.
Holy Apostles Orthodox Church was founded with the purpose of bringing the Gospel and Divine Services of the Russian Orthodox Church to the people of America in the English language. We invite you to come to any of the Divine Services or events at our mission church.
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