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.

Learn about the Hawaiian Iveron Icon
Learn about the Hawaiian Iveron Icon

Dear Family of the Parish of Holy Apostles

We approach the celebration of the Incarnation of Christ in His Nativity through the Blessed and All-Glorious and Ever-Virgin Mary, His most pure mother.  As we continue to lift our hands in supplication to her on our behalf, we encounter the climax of her office among us in bringing our Savior forth in her womb.  With the shepherds and the magi we kneel and offer him all gifts, recognizing that nothing can equal our Lord's gift of Himself.

We are grateful to our neighbors, the people of St. John's Episcopal Church, for opening their facilities for our reception after our Nativity Divine Liturgy this Saturday.  We hope that everyone can take advantage of this opportunity to gather for close and festal fellowship.  The service books say, "And the faithful shall fare sumptously,"  We look forward to the day when we ourselves can house this reception in our own facilities.  Let us never flag in our beseeching the Mother of God to grant the fulfillment of this our desire under the protection of her wonderworking image, the Hawaiian Iveron Icon "Portaitissa".

With love in our Lord,
Fr. George

Upcoming shortly:

01/06 – Friday 9:40 AM 9th Royal Hour, Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil – Eve of the Nativity of our Lord

01/06 – Friday 6:30 PM Compline and Matins
01/07 – Saturday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy – The Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ - Nativity Fast concluded - Festal Reception to follow at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall

01/08 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy – Sunday after Nativity - Righteous Joseph, David and James, Brother of the Lord

01/11 - Wednesday 8:00 PM Another episode of “Why are we reading that?” led through Zoom by Fr. Deacon Christopher Capp

01/12 - Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

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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.

St Romanos the Melodist Society


The St. Romanos the Melodist Society produces and publishes English language music of the Russian Orthodox Church.


The St. Romanos website is the online extension of A Church Singer's Companion, a project started in 1998 with the blessing of Metropolitan (then Archbishop) Laurus. Inspired by the Russian Sputnik Psalomshchika, the Companion is envisioned to contain the music necessary for every service a parish choir might need to sing, while staying simple enough so that any parish choir can sing it.

The St. Romanos Society produces music in both printed and recorded formats, and conducts seminars and workshops on the proper performance of that music. The Society is a sodality of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Beltsville, Maryland.

To get started looking at music, proceed to the Church Singer's Companion and begin familiarizing yourself with the content. You'll find there are a few more challenging settings mixed in, marked “difficult” or “very difficult”. Audio or video examples accompany some of the music. In addition, the Introduction provides valuable advice about proper church singing and related topics.

Detailed Reviews and Endorsements by clergy and choral professionals are provided for your consideration.