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Tonight's service for the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste is canceled,

due to the increasingly bad weather forecast.  


Holy Apostles Orthodox Church was visited by the holy icon of the Mother of God, Softener of evil hearts, on Friday March 16th at 7:00 PM. We served a prayer service (moleben) and the akathist to the Mother of God.  Many came and prayed before this miraculous myrrh-streaming icon of our mother, the Panagia, the All-Holy, for the sick and all in need of Divine help.
Here are two links to short videos in which the history of the holy icon is told:



The icon is owned by Margarita Vorobyev and Sergei Fomin. It began streaming myrrh in their apartment on the day when St. Matrona of Moscow was glorified, on May 2nd, 1999, after the icon was touched to the icon of St. Matrona at the glorification. The icon is made of simple cardboard, and produced by the Sofrino factory in Russia.

“An account (of St. Matrona) is preserved whereby St. John of Kronstadt, upon discerning the 14-year old Matrona among a crowd of pilgrims that had come to see him, asked everyone to step aside and let the girl come through and approach him. As she walked towards him he exclaimed: ‘Here is my successor, the eighth pillar of Russia.’”  (from Wikipedia)

St. Matrona said of herself:

“Everyone, everyone who will come to me: tell me, as if I were alive, of your sorrows, and I will see you, and hear you, and help you. After my death few people will visit my grave, only close friends, and when they die my grave will be abandoned. But after many years people will hear about me and come in crowds for help in their sorrows and with requests for prayer for them to the Lord God, and I will help everyone and listen to everyone.”

Sergei says of the holy icon (from the 2nd video):

“I noticed that there are two particular reasons why this icon is invited (to churches.) The first reason being when there is difficulty in the construction or building of a new church, they try to invite this icon to come and, perhaps, help the people decide that they really do want to do this, and they really want to build a new church. And secondly, people are begging the prayers of the Mother of God for their own personal lives.”

Over the years, the Mother of God has been helping us along the path to our new church. We give thanks to our Lord that she will come to visit us and we can pray before her holy icon, asking for her intercession for us before her Son and our God. We ask our Panagia to help our little parish to build His church in Beltsville, and to help all those who come to pray before her miraculous icon with whatever holy desire is in our hearts.



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.


This week and more

3/20 – Tuesday 6:30 PM Ninth Hour & Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts - The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

3/21 – Wednesday 6:30 PM Matins & 1st Hour, including the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and the Life of St. Mary of Egypt

3/22 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

3/23 - Friday 6:30 PM - Matins & 1st Hour - The Singing of the Akathist to the Mother of God
3/24 - Saturday 8:40 AM - Hours & Divine Liturgy - the Laudation of the Mother of God

3/24 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
3/25 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil – The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - Venerable Mary of Egypt

3/28 – Wednesday 6:30 PM General Unction for the Parish – The great mystery (sacrament) of Holy Unction is the Orthodox healing service – It is most often used for the very ill, but is done once a year at this time for baptized Orthodox Christians for general healing and to cleanse forgotten sins.  The service of Holy Unction is not a substitute for confession

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.

Our country church, the future home of our parish
Our country church, the future home of our parish
Our country church, the future home of our parish

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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