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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's Watercolor

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.


Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

Visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel, with dozens of inspiring and educational videos of the life of our parish, including in-depth updates on our Parish Hall Building Project and the Historic Chapel Restoration.


Sunday School Curriculum

New on our website is a four part video-series on our Sunday School curriculum for our children — This presentation by Matushka Jo Anna Mary Capp provides a hands-on introduction to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, implemented in an Orthodox setting.   Watch the videos and learn more here...


Parish Life via Facebook

Keep up with all our parish happenings also via Facebook! 

 

Most photos and events in the life of the parish are shared on our Facebook page, with highlights featured in our Photo & Video Gallery.

 

We invite you to follow us on Facebook!

$5000 Matching Grant Fundraiser surpasses goal early!
Our Parish Family, at our future permanent home, in front of our historic St Joseph Chapel!
Our Parish Family, at our future permanent home, in front of our historic St Joseph Chapel!
Our Parish Family, at our future permanent home, in front of our historic St Joseph Chapel!

 

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,
Father George

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,
Father George
Upcoming Dates

God-willing, we will continue to live-stream the Divine Services from our parish Facebook page:

11/14 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
11/15 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy - 23rd Sunday after Pentecost - Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenary Physicians

11/19 - Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

11/21 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
11/22 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy - 24th Sunday after Pentecost - St. Nectarios, Metropolitan of Pentapolis - Parish Thanksgiving Feast according to the possibilities of the times

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
11/29 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy - 25th Sunday after Pentecost - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

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
12/4 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy - The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple - One of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church


Parish Hall Fundraising - At a Glance
  • NEW! - Oct 12, 2020 - $5,000 Matching Grant Fundraiser exceeds its goal two days before the deadline, raising over $10,000 in less than two weeks for our Capital Campaign!  Full info here.
  • Parish Hall Capital Campaign passes $100,000. Learn more and submit your pledge here.
  • Legal and Civil Engineering firms secured; their goal is to have site development and permits completed by end of next year, to enable groundbreaking & construction to begin.
  • On October 11, 2018, through a great miracle, we reached our initial goal: $50,000!
  • Contribute Now - Use the PayPal Donate button (below) to help support our Capital Fundraising Drive. 
  • Get the Backstory - Learn more about our new Parish Home, our architect, and our building project, plus detailed news and updates...

Parish Calendar with Smartphone Sync
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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

Posted at the start of each week, our Announcements enable you to keep up with current Holy Apostles parish news in real time. Includes each Sunday's announcements, plus important news on parsh life, our building fund progress, and service opportunities. Proceed to our Announcements page...


Photo and Video Gallery

 

Get a feel for life in our growing parish through our Photo & Video Gallery, with archives stretching back to 2001! And come and see us in person! We'd love to meet you...

Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Theotokos
Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Theotokos
Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Theotokos
The Holy Icon, streaming fragrant myrrh
The Holy Icon, streaming fragrant myrrh
The Holy Icon, streaming fragrant myrrh
Visitation to Holy Apostles
Visitation to Holy Apostles
Visitation to Holy Apostles

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.

Read about the miraculous healing of Subdeacon Nectarios...

 

Our 15th anniversary parish feast
Our 15th anniversary parish feast
Our 15th anniversary parish feast
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.
Come and see...

We have a flyer available for you to hand out or post on bulletin boards, regarding our mission parish.  One is available here, in PDF format.  Please invite a friend to come visit our church.  We want to fill our church!
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