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New Painting Completed

New Painting Completed - 05/28/16

The painting in the new building was just completed. It's a transformed space!

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Holy Pascha 2016

HOLY PASCHA 2016 - 05/01/16

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

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Holy Friday Matins 2016

Holy Friday Night - 04/29/16

Holy Friday Night, the Matins of Holy Saturday

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Palm Sunday 2016

Palm Sunday 2016 - 04/24/16

On Sunday, April 24, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Great Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jersualem with a Baptismal Liturgy of David Linnehan, with a festal procession following the service. Many years to the newly Illumined David!

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Drywall Goes Up

Drywall goes up! - 04/04/16

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Church Wall Signing

Church Wall Signing - 02/07/16

On Sunday, February 7, the faithful of Holy Apostles went to the new property and "left their mark" on the walls of the new building before the insulation and drywall go up. It was a neat experience to see that many people come and see the progress of the new Building.

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Interior Construction

Interior Construction - 12/06/15

Pictures from the Interior Construction

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Trusses #2

Trusses #2 (Kiril's Photos) - 11/16/15

More trusses!

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Trusses go up!

Trusses go up! - 11/16/15

On Monday, November 16, the trusses were installed for the new building!

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Archbishop Mark Visits!

Archbishop Mark Visits! - 10/18/15

On Sunday, October 18, His Eminence, Archbishop Mark visited Holy Apostles Mission and led the faithful in the celebration of a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. We rejoiced in having our Archpastor and father in Christ with us - Eis polla eti Dhespota!

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More walls go up!

More walls go up! - 09/15/15

More walls go up!

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Walls go up! - 09/14/15

On Monday, September 14, the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, we were overjoyed to see the walls on the new building going up! So exciting!

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Elevation of the Cross 2015

Elevation of the Cross 2015 - 09/13/15

On Sunday evening, September 13, Holy Apostles celebrated Great Vespers, Litiya, & the Procession of the Holy Cross. As a special blessing, our cross has embedded into it a relic of the Lord's Cross. S'prazdnikom!

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Church School 2015 - 09/13/15

On Sunday, September 13, we had our first day of Church School for the new year. As is our custom, Fr. Timothy served the Proskomedia service in the center of the Church and explained it to the parish. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, special prayers were said to bless the students and their teachers for a sucessful school year.

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Walls go up! - 09/14/15

On Monday, September 14, the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, we were overjoyed to see the walls on the new building going up! So exciting!

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Slab Floor Preparations

Slab Floor Preparations - 08/31/15

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Construction Begins!

Construction Begins! - 08/02/15

At the end of July things began to move on the new property. First the equipment was delivered, then the footers were dug. Concrete was poured, and then cement blocks were laid. This is very exciting! Check back for updates!

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Construction Begins!

Construction Begins! - 08/02/15

At the end of July things began to move on the new property. First the equipment was delivered, then the footers were dug. Concrete was poured, and then cement blocks were laid. This is very exciting! Check back for updates!

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Petito Chrismation

Petito Chrismation - 08/09/15

On Sunday, August 9, the feast of St. Herman of Alaska, Juliana (Taylor) Petito was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Rite of Holy Chrismation. Many Years!

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Pentecost 2015

Penteocost 2015 - 05/31/15

On Sunday, May 31, Holy Apostles joined the Orthodox world in celebrating the 8th Sunday and the 50th Day of Pascha: Holy Pentecost! The night before the festal Vigil was served. On Pentecost Day, the church was decked with festive greens and the Divine Liturgy was served with a full church and several guests. Immediately following the Divine Liturgy the traditional "Kneeling Vespers" was served. For the first time following services our community help an "International Pot-luck" with families bringing dishes from all over the word. It was a wonderful celebration!

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A Christian Ending Seminar

"A Christian Ending" Seminar - 05/02/15

On Saturday, May 2, Holy Apostles Mission welcomed Dn. Mark & Mat. Elizabeth Barna, of South Carolina, to lead a seminar on traditional burial practices for Orthodox Christians. This idea started several years ago when the Vision Committee incorperated a cemetery on the wishlist of the parish vision. Interest in the parish grew as the Barna's published work "A Christian Ending" made its rounds in the parish. The idea was brought up to have the Father Deacon & Matushka visit and share their wisdom and experience with us. We were delighted to have them with us, as well as many parishioners from local Harrisburg parishes for the day long seminar.

For more information on the book and this topic, please see the links below:

http://www.amazon.com/Christian-Ending-Mark.../dp/0971413967

http://www.achristianending.com/

http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/christianending

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Pascha 2015

Pascha 2015 - 04/12/15

On Sunday, April 12, Holy Apostles Parish joined the Orthodox wold in celebrating the Great Pascha of our Lord - Christ isRisen!

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Father Timothy Elevated to Archpriest

Fr. Timothy elevated to Archpriest - 04/06/15

On Holy Monday (4/6), His Eminence, our Archbishop Mark, was with us for the celebration of the second Bridegroom Matins. At the end of the service, Vladyka elevated Fr. Timothy to the dignity of Archpriest. Axios!

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New Construction Loan Papers Signed

New Construction Loan Papers Signed - 01/07/15

On Wednesday, January 7, the faithful of Holy Apostles Mission signed documents for a $1.5 million loan for the construction of their "Phase I" Building. May God bless the work the hands in this holy endeavor!

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Theophany 2015

Theophany 2015 - 01/06/15

After the Great Blessing if the Water at Liturgy, Fr. Timothy and some brave souls went to the new property to bless it. After a short moliben at the cross marker, the "procession" went and blessed the place where the new building will soon be built. Fr. Timothy then offered some words of encouragement in the spot where the future ambo will be - and hopefully he'll stand there and do it again in a new Church building next year!

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Nativity of Christ - 2014

Nativity of Christ - 2014 - 12/25/14

 

The faithful of Holy Apostles Mission, Mechanicsburg, celebrated the great feast of the Nativity of our Lord on Thursday, December 25. Joining us were our Matushka Anastasia's Parents, Very Rev. Nicholas and Mat. Anastasia Sr. Molodyko-Harris from Merritt Island, FL and Fr. Christopher Rocknege from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton. Our local tradition is he joins us for New Calendar Christmas, and we join him on January 7. Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

 

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New Bells, Gingerbread Contest, and New Council Installation

New Bells, Gingerbread Contest, & New Council Installation - 12/20/15

 

This past summer Fr. Timothy received a call from a dear family friend with an amazing offer: bells! These are the same bells that were brought to St. Michael's in Wilmington for his wedding and ordination. The owner was looking to downsize, and wanted to return them to a church. Knowing Fr. Tim's love of bells he offered them to the mission. After some work to find a place to hold them (as our current facility is not ideal) the bells were picked up the week before Christmas from Delaware. We used them (a lot) for the weekend and then put the bells in storage until the new building is built and they can be properly secured. The faithful in Mechanicsburg thank God for this amazing gift that will be heard throughout Mechanicsburg!

 

We also had our annual Gingerbread contest. This year's theme was "Christmas Songs." all the money raised ($360) went to charity.

 

Also, with the blessing of Bishop Mark, the 2015 Mission Council was installed.

 

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Noel Chrismation

Noel Chrismation - 11/30/14

 

On Sunday, Nov. 30 2014, the feast of the Holy Apostle Andrew, Brian Noel was received into the Orthodox Church through the Mystery of Holy Chrismation, taking the name Panteleimon. Many years to the newly illuminated Panteleimon, and his sponsor Dn. Seraphim!

 

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Youth Charity Luncheon 2014

Youth Charity Luncheon - 11/09/14

On Sunday, November 9, the Sunday closest to the feast of St. John the Merciful, the Youth of Holy Apostles Mission held their annual Charity Luncheon.

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Special Parish Meeting 10.7.14

Special Parish Meeting 10.7.14 - 10/07/14

 

On Tuesday, October 7, Holy Apostles Mission met to make a historic decision to proceed in taking on a loan to build their "Phase I" Church/Hall.  The meeting began with a Moliben for the Opening of a Sacred Council in the presence of the relics of the Holy Apostles and the Holy Hierarchs and Evangelizers, Innocent of Moscow, Innocent of Irkutsk, and Nicholas of Japan. Fr. Timothy offered some opening remarks, and then Mark Linnehan offered a presentation of the plan going forward, explaining the way in which we could achieve this goal. The vote was taken with a unanimous approval to go forward. His Grace, Bishop Mark, was in communication, and has blessed the decision and supports to parish's desire to take on this project.

 

Please keep the youngest parish of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania in your prayers in the exciting and challenging months and years ahead. Glory to God for all things!

 

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Elevation of the Cross 2014

Elevation of the Holy Cross 2014 - 09/14/14

On Sunday, September 14, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Great Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

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Christine Perrin's Chrismation

Christine Perrin's Chrismation - 06/22/14

On Sunday, June 22, Christine Perrine was recieved into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Rite of Holy Chrismation. May God grant her many years!

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Pentecost 2014

Pentecost 2014 - 06/08/14

On Sunday, June 8, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Great Feast of Pentecost. Vigil was served the evening of June 7, and the Festal Divine Liturgy & "Kneeling" Vespers was served on the Feast itself.

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Pascha 2014

Pascha 2014 - 04/20/14

On Sunday, April 20, the community of Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Lord's Resurrection with great joy! Christ is Risen!

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Palm Sunday 2014

Palm Sunday 2014 - 04/13/14

On Palm Sunday, April 13, Holy Apostles Mission observed the Great Feast of the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem. Also, four of our children were recognized for making their First Confessions.

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Bishop Mark's Visit

Bishop Mark Visits - 03/30/14

On Sunday, March 30, His Grace our Bishop Mark made an Archpastoral visit to Holy Apostles Mission. A Hierarchical Liturgy was celebrated where His Grace bestowed on Fr. Timothy the right to wear the gold cross given by the recent session of the Holy Synod of Bishops.  Axios! A festive Lenten luncheon followed.

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Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday - 02/02/14

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, the feast of the Meeting of the Lord, and the Sunday of Zacchaeus, Holy Apostles recognized the Scouts of our parish for their work in our parish an in the community.

As a special blessing, we also welcomed two people into the Catechumenate of the Church. May God grant them Many years!

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Blessing of the Susquehanna River 2014

Blessing of the Susquehanna River - 01/19/14

On Sunday, January 19th the Orthodox parishes of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park for the 6th Annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Susquehanna. His Grace, Bishop Mark of Baltimore was our celebrant, and gave a wonderful homily encouraging us to embrace our Faiths "positive view" of creation, which is affirmed by the Incarnation of the Son of God, and by His sanctification of the waters and by extension the entire world at His Baptism! Following the blessing the faithful gathered at Agia Sophia Coffeehouse and Bookstore for fellowship and our Second Annual "Chilli/Soup Cook-off". Glory to God for all things!

Parishes gathered for the celebration were:
• Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (OCA) in Harrisburg
• Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Mechanicsburg
• Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (GOA) in Camp Hill
• St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (SER) in Oberlin

 

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Nativity Vigil 2013

Nativity Vigil 2013 - 12/24/13

On the Eve of the Nativity of Christ, after our annual parish Holy Supper, the faithful of Holy Apostles gathered to celebrate the Vigil of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

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Vist of Met. Tikhon & Annual Gingerbread Contest

Vist of Met. Tikhon & Annual Gingerbread Contest - 12/15/13

On Sunday, December 15, despite the snow storm the day before, Holy Apostles was blessed with the presence of His Beatitude, Met. Tikhon. His Beatitude, who was in the area celebrating his parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.
 
Also, that day the new 2014 Mission Council was installed, and our annual Gingerbread Contest was held. The contest has people "vote" with money on their favorite submission, and then the money is then given over to a charity. This year's theme was "Favorite Christmas Movie". In response to the appeal from IOCC, the money collected will go towards items for health kits the church school will assemble next Sunday (12/22).

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St. Anna Icon Visit

Visit of St. Anna Icon - 11/03/13

On the weekend of November 2-3, Archimandrite Athanasy of St. Tikhon's Monastery visited Holy Apostles Mission bringing with him the wonderworking icon of St. Anna. As a special blessing, he also brought the relics of our Heavenly Patrons, the 12 Holy Apostles. At the end of the Divine Liturgy a Moliben of Intercession was served to St. Anna. We thank Fr. Athanasy for being with us, for his kind and encouraging words, and we look forward to the next time we can welcome him and St. Anna back to our community.

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Blessing of New Land

Blessing of New Land - 10/13/13

On Sunday, October 13, Holy Apostles Mission gathered on their new 14 acre site to bless the site and to erect a cross marking where the church will be built. Some 118 people were present to share in this joy. Joining Fr. Timothy and Dn. Seraphim were Fr Alexander Atty, of Louisville KY and Fr. Stephen Vernak, Pastor of Christ the Saviour, Harrisburg. Plans to build a multipurpose "phase I" building are in the works for the coming year. Please keep the community of Holy Apostles in your prayers in the exciting and challenging months and years to come. Glory to God for all things!

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Beginning of the Church School Year 2013

Church School 2013 - 09/22/13

On Sunday, September 22, Holy Apostles Mission kicked off our 2013-2014 Church School Program. As is our parish tradition, on the first Sunday of Church School Fr. Timothy serves the Service of Proskomedia in the middle of the Church explaining this important, but rarely seen service.
 
At the end of the Liturgy, prayers were said for the students and teachers of the parish, as well as a special travel blessing for Monica Jekel who will be spending a semester abroad in England.

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Blessing of Vehicles 2013

Blessing of Vehicles - 07/14/13

On Sunday July 14, following the Divine Liturgy, Holy Apostles processed to the parking lot for the annual blessing of vehicles.

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Vacation Church School

Vacation Church School - 06/17/13

Click here to see pictures from this year's Vacation Church School. Thanks to all who worked to make this a success!

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Holy Apostles Feast/Visit of Bishop Melchisedek

Patronal Feast Day & Visit of Bishop Melchisedek - 06/30/13

On June 29-30, His Grace Bishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh joined us and lead us in worship for our Patronal Feast. Thank you to Kirl Burnett and John Constantine for the photos!

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Pentecost 2013

Pentecost 2013 - 06/23/13

On Pentecost weekend, June 22-23, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Great Feast of Pentecost. On Saturday evening a full vigil was celebrated. Sunday morning the Festal Divine Liturgy with the Vespers of Pentecost with the special kneeling prayers were served. Thank you to John and Nadia Constantine for taking pictures in our usual "Photodeacon"'s absence.

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Jubilee Day 2013

Jubilee Day - 06/20/13

On Thursday, June 20, Holy Apostles participated in the largest one day street fair on the east coast. Some 66,000 people are said to walk down Main Street in Mechanicsburg, closed off for the day. It is a great time of fellowship and witnessing to our faith.

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Pascha 2013
Palm Sunday 2013

On Palm Sunday, April 28, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Great Feast of the Entrance of our Lord into the Temple. At the end of the Liturgy Cecelia Legaspi and Nicholas Hojnicki were given prayer books in recognition of them making their First Confession. Click here for pictures!

Sremanak Baptism

On Saturday, March 30, Emily Sremanak was baptized into the Orthodox Church, and the following day recieved her first Communion. Many years to the newly Illumined Emily! Click here for pictures!

New Land Purchase

New Land Purchase - 03/15/13

On March 15, Holy Apostles Mission purchased 14 acres of land here in Mechanicsburg. On Forgiveness Sunday, following the Divine Liturgy, a moliben of Thanksgiving was held. Please keep us in your prayers, and consider a donation towards our building fund! A parish meeting has been set for May to discuss a future building. Glory to God for all things!

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Blessing of the Susquehanna River 2013

On Sunday, January 13, The faithful from the 4 Orthodox communites in the greater Harrisburg area assembled on the banks of the Susquehanna River for the annual blessing of the waters. Thank you to John Constantine for the pictures:

See pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10103816342660604.4020389.9357943&type=3

Theophany 2013

On Saturday & Sunday January 5/6, Holy Apostles Parish celebrated the Great Feast of the Lord's Theophany. Fr. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris was the main celebrant at the Theophany Vigil.

Pictures from the Vigil here: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=0553fe968b16751a&id=553FE968B16751A%213024&Bsrc=SkyMail&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos&authkey=!AHzVf44_Z6JWjwU#cid=0553FE968B16751A&id=553FE968B16751A%213027&sc=Photos&authkey=%21AHzVf44_Z6JWjwU

 

Visit of St. Anna Icon
On the weekend of September 29-30, Fr. Athanassy from St. Tikhon's Monastery brought the miraculous myhrr-streaming icon of St. Anna, the Mother of the Theotokos. His Emeneince, Archbishop Tikhon was also with us for Vespers. We were very blessed to have such a blessing that weekend.
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2012 Blessing of Vehicles
We had our annual Blessing of Vehicles in honor of the Prophet Elijah (a little early) on Sunday, July 8. Vehicles great and small were brought and blessed with holy water. Holy Prophet Elijah, pray unto God for us! Click here for pictures!

 

Parish Feast Day
On Saturday, June 30, our parish celebrated our Patronal Feast Day with great joy. Clergy and faithful from 5 parishes joined us with Fr. Demetrius Nikolodakis offering an inspiring sermon. We were blessed 12 times by the presence of the relics of our Heavenly Patrons graciously made available to us for the weekend by Fr. John Perich. Click here for pictures!

 

Vacation Church School
On June 18-20, our parish held it’s first Vacation Church School. More than 30+ kids came and participated in the theme, “Fishers of Men” learning about our heavenly patrons, the Holy Apostles. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! Planning is already beginning for next year with the kids  requesting it be longer... Click here for pictures!

Visit of Archbishop Tikhon

Over Mother's Day weekend, the 5th Sunday of Pascha, our newly elevated Archbishop Tikhon visited our parish. Click here for pictures!

Blessing of the Carlisle Indian Cemetery 2012
On Sunday, May 6, the 4th Sunday of Pascha, Holy Apostles went to the Carlisle War College's Indian Cemetery and blessed the graves of the Alaskan Orthodox Christian Children buried there. Click here for pictures!
3rd Sunday of Pascha
On Sunday, April 29: Since rain kept us in on Pascha night and even on St. Thomas Sunday, Holy Apostles continued the Paschal celebration with a Paschal Liturgy with a procession and the reading of the Resurrectional Gospels. We were blessed in a double way to have Fr. Nicholas and Mat. Anastasia Molodyko-Harris with us. Click here for pictures!
Pascha 2012
Christ is Risen! Click here for pictures from Pascha in Mechanicsburg!
Kids Mini-Retreat
On Saturday, March 31, Holy Apostles held a Mini-retreat for the youth of the parish. Over 25 kids participated as they learned about Holy Week and Pascha and did various crafts and activities. Click here for pictures!
Lenten Misison Vespers
On the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, Holy Apostles Mission hosted the Frackville Deanery Mission Vespers. Click here for pictures!
Blessing of the Susquehanna River
On Sunday, January 15, the local Orthodox Churches from the greater Harrisburg area gathered at the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg's City Island Park for the annual Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Susquehanna River. Click here for more pictures!
Christmas Eve Vigil
On Saturday, December 24, the faithful of Holy Apostles celebrated a traditional Holy Supper for an intimate number (82!) and after the Supper, sang Christmas Carols, and then served the Vigil of Christmas. Over one hundred faithful participated. A special treat was a special "Canon" that our choir had practiced for months prior to the feast. Christ is Born! Click here for pictures!
St. Nicholas Serbian Church\'s Slava

On Monday, December 19, Fr. Timothy and several of the faithful of Holy Apostles were invited to join the faithful ofSt. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Oberlin for their patronal feast day. Fr. Timothy brought a portion of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker for veneration. A festive luncheon was held afterwards. Click here for pictures!

Gingerbread \
On Sunday, December 18, Holy Apostles held its second annual Gingerbread "Whatever" contest. Those who participated had 2 weeks to prepare their creation. "Voting" was done by donating money towards your favorite. All proceedes will be send to Project Mexico at the request of the youth of the parish. See pictures here!
Dn. Seraphim\'s First Week of Serving

From Monday, 10/17 through Friday, 10/21, Dn. Seraphim Reynolds served his first week of Liturgies at Christ the Saviour Church in Harrisburg. Due to the constraints we have at our Mission Chapel, Fr. Stephen Graciously offered for us to celebrate the Liturgy at Christ the Saviour. Many Years to Dn. Seraphim & Mat. Mary! AXIOS! Click here for pictures!

Visit of the Hawaii Iveron Ikon of the Theotokos
On Thursday, October 13 - one of the New Calendar feasts of the origional ikon - The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Ikon of the Most-Holy Theotokos visited Holy Apostles Mission. Over 200 faithful gathered for the Moliben and had the oppertunity to venerate and be anointed by the myrrh that comes from the ikon. What a great blessing! Most Holy Theotokos Save us! Click here for pictures!
Fr. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris\'s 50th Anniversary

On Saturday, September 24, Fr. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Holy Ordination to the day. His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, and His Beatitude, retired Metropolitan Theodosius were present and prayed during the service. Concelebrating with Fr. Nicholas were: Fr. Michael Oleksa (Chancellor of the Diocese of Alaska), Fr. Daniel Ressetar, Fr.. Michael Slovesko, Fr. Srb Jockovich, Fr. Timothy Hojnicki, and Fr. David Cowan.

Following the Divine Liturgy and Moliben, Fr. Nicholas was presented with a Synodal Gramota and several gifts. A festive luncheon was held following.

May God Grant the Archpriest Nicholas & Mat. Anastasia Sr. Many Years!

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Blessing of Agia Sophia Coffee House
On Sunday, July 31, His Grace Bishop Tikhon blessed the newly opened Agia Sophia Coffee House in downtown Harrisburg. Click here for pictures!
Blessing of the Replated Chalice
On Saturday, July 31, the faithful of Holy Apostles were blessed to have his Grace Bishop Tikhon present at Great Vespers. At the end of the service, His Grace blssed our newly replated Chalice set. The Donation was made possible by the Sumple-Sullivan Families in honor of Basil's 85th Birthday! We thank them for their kindness and ask that God would grant them many years! Click here for pictures!
Pentecost 2011

On the weekend of June 11-12, Holy Apostles celebrated the Great Feast of Pentecost. Click here for pictures!

Graduate\'s Sunday
On Sunday, June 5, the Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council, Holy Apostles recognized our parish graduates: Subdn. Seraphim Reynolds, Christine Kelly, Joseph Kurtz Jr., Monica Jekel, and Katie Kellachow. May God continue to bless them - Many Years! Click here for pictures!
Blessing of the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery
Blessing of the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery

On Sunday, May 8, 2011, the 3rd Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women, some of the faithful of Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, led by Priest Timothy Hojnicki, and the Archpriest Daniel Ressetar, traveled to the U.S. War College in Carlisle Pa which is also the site of the former Carlisle Indian School. The Carlisle Indian School operated form 1879-1918. In the School’s Indian Cemetery are the graves of 186 children who died while attending the school. Of the 186 children buried there, 10 have been identified as baptized Orthodox Christians who are believed to have never received a proper Orthodox Christian burial. A panakhida (Memorial Service) was served for these children followed by the blessing of their graves. The parish was informed about this situation by the Archpriest Michael Oleksa, Chancellor of the Diocese of Alaska, who had visited Mechanicsburg in September 2010 and told the sad story of these children. During this time in American history Native American children were removed from their homes and transferred to Carlisle (and other places) to attend the boarding school. Holy Apostles plans on making this an annual event to remember those who have fallen asleep, and to proclaim the Risen Christ even to those in the tombs. Memory Eternal! Christ is Risen! Click here!

Pascha 2011
Pascha 2011
Christ is Risen! Pascha 2011 in Mechanicsburg. Click here!
Visit of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon

On the weekend of March 26-27, His Grace, Bishop Tikon made an Archpastoral Visit to Holy Apostles Mission. His Grace served Vigil Saturday evening and the hierarchical Liturgy Sunday morning where he awarded Fr. Timothy the right to wear the kamilavka.

The Blessing of the Susquehenna River
The Blessing of the Susquehenna River

On January 9, 2011 (the Sunday after Theophany) the faithful of the Orthodox Christian Churches of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park to participate in the service of the Great Blessing of the Waters. This is the third year since this ancient Christian tradition has been renewed amongst our Orthodox faithful in the greater Harrisburg area. We were doubly blessed to have His Grace Bishop Tikhon with us who presided at the event.

Following the service a reception was held at Holy Trinity G.O. Cathedral where a "tastefully Simple" fundraiser was held. Click here for pictures!

Nativity Liturgy 12/25/10
Nativity Liturgy

On Saturday, December 25, the faithful of Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Divine Liturgy in honor of the Great Feast of the Lord's Nativity. We were blessed to have Fr. Nicholas & Matushka Molodyko-Harris with us for the feast. Subdeacon Seraphim Reynolds offered the sermon.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy our Mission was given a great suprise. Due to the excellent stewardship of the faithful, our very successful annual Fall Dinner Dances, and several VERY generous donations from outside the parish, the mortgage on our present facility was paid off a year early! It was decided to pay it off at the December Mission Council meeting, and to keep it a secret until Christmas Day when the "Mortgage Thermometer" (usually displayed in our vestibule) was wrapped up in a festive package. With the help of the kids of the parish, Fr. Tim revealed the poster with the clear message: PAID IN FULL.

We thank God for His many gifts to our community, and we pray that the next step in our development, the start of a capital campaign, will begin with His Divine blessing, to the goal of building or purchasing a more permanent Church building for our growing Christ-loving community. Glory to God for all things!  Click here for pictures!

Nativity Holy Supper & Vigil
Nativity Holy Supper & Vigil
On Friday, December 24, the faithful of Holy Apostles gathered for the annual Parish Holy Supper and caroling followed by the Nativity Vigil. With a record attendance at both the Supper and the Vigil, the faithful prepared to celebrate the NAtivity of Christ. Click here for pictures!

Gingerbread House Contest
On Sunday, December 12, Holy Apostles held a Gingerbread Contest to raise money for our "Help a Seminarian Fund". For a small donation every participant was given a gingerbread kit with a week to complete it. On the 12th, 10 Gingerbread Houses were displayed. First place went to the Potteigers! We raised almost $250 toward the project. This was a great success and will become a yearly event. Special thanks to Joseph and Abby Baia for organizing the event. Pictures from contest: click here!
Fr. Nicholas Anniversary

Fr. Nicholas Anniversary - 09/05/10

On Sunday, September 5, Fr. Timothy stepped aside and allowed his father-in-law, Fr. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, serve as first priest for the Sunday Divine Liturgy. This month Father and Matushka Anastasia Sr. celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary, and Fr. Nicholas celebrate 49 years of Holy Ordination. May God Grant them Many more years of fruitful service in the Vineyard of Christ.

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Baptism of Levi Potteiger

Baptism of Levi Potteiger - 08/28/10

On Saturday, August 28, Holy Apostles rejoiced at the Baptism of Levi James Potteiger. May God Grat him, his sponsers Joseph & Linda, and his family Many Years!

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The Baptism of Julia Sremanak

The Baptism of Julia Sremanak - 08/07/10

On Saturday, August 7, Holy Apostles Mission rejoiced at the baptism of Julia Sremanak. May God bless her, her sponsers, and parents for Many Years!

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Annual Car Blessing

Annual Car Blessing - 07/25/10

On Sunday, July 25, the Sunday after the Feast of the Prophet Elijah, the faithful of Holy Apostles observed the feast with the annual blessing of vehicles. Cars, bikes, yuo name it, we blessed it. Through the prayers of the holy Prophet elijah may Christ God protect all those who travel!

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Annual Parish Picnic & Vespers in the Park

Annual Parish Picnic & Vespers in the PArk - 07/17/10

On Saturday, July 17, 76 souls from Holy Apostles celebrated their annual parish picnic with the service of Vespers in Soldiers and Sailors Park in Mechanicsburg.

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Graduates Honored

Graduates Honored - 07/11/10

On Sunday, July 11, Holy Apostles honored our 3 parish graduates. Rdr. Matthew Souder graduated Dickinson College, Sophia Kellachow received her Masters Degree from Scranton University, and Katie Gaskill graduated from Red Land High School. Congradulations & Many Years!

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Visit of Bishop Tikhon

Visit of Bishop Tikhon - 06/20/10

On Sunday, June 20, His Grace Bishop Tikhon made an Archpastoral visit on the 6th anniversary of the first Divine Liturgy at Holy Apostles Mission.

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Pascha 2010

Pascha 2010 - 04/04/10

On Sunday April 4, holy Apostles joined the whole wolrd in celebrating the Pascha of Christ.

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Holy Saturday Chrismation & Vesperal Liturgy

Holy Saturday Chrismation & Vesperal Liturgy - 04/03/10

On Holy Saturday Holy Apostles welcomed Moses (Colin) Tomes into the Holy Orthodox Church. Following the Chrismation Service the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with the 15 Old Testament Readings was served.

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Lazarus Saturday Chrismations 2010

Lazarus Saturday Chrismations - 03/27/10

On Lazarus Saturday, March 27, 2010 7 catechumens were received into the Orthodox Church through the Rite of Chrismation before the Divine Liturgy. We Rejoice and the entrance of Malia, Christine, Joseph, Maria, Noah, Jacob, & Ian and pray that God grant them Many years!

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Vist of Metropolitan Jonah

Visit of Metropolitan Jonah - 03/10/10

On Wednesday, March 10, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah attended our Presanctified Liturgy enroute to St. Tikhon's Seminary. Fr. Dan Ressetar (sorta-retired priest of Christ the Saviour, Harrisburg) and Fr. Patrick Burns (Holy Annunciation Bulgarian, Steelton) also joined us to greet the Primate. We were overjoyed at the (short notice) visit and thank His Beatitude for his kind words, and time with our community. Eis Polla eti Dhespota!

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Boy Scout Sunday

Boy Scout Sunday - 01/31/10

On Sunday, January 31, Holy Apostles observed "Boy Scout Sunday" where all of our Boy Scouts (8 of them!) came to Church in their uniforms and participated in various ways in the service.

This was also the day designated in our parish to create "Health Kits" to be prepared and sent to aid the relif effort in the earthquake ravaged Haiti. His Grace, our Bishop Tikhon had requested that all parishes help out in this effort. The youth of the parish took on this project and made more than what was asked. Thanks to Dana Diehl for coordinating this project and the Jen Kellachow for the pictures.

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The Blessing of the Susquehanna River 2010

The Blessing of the Susquehanna River - 01/10/10

On Sunday, January 10, the local Orthodox Churches of the Greater Harrisburg area gathered on the banks of the Susquehanna River and served the Great Blessing of Waters. It was a cold but spiritually rewarding afternoon, and we thank God for the ability to share our Orthodox Faith with the community! Special thanks to our photographers: Kyrill Burnett, Larry Smith, & John Constantine.

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Nativity of Christ 2009

Nativity of Christ 2009 - 12/25/09

On the Great Feast of our Lord's birth, Holy Apostles gathered to celebrate the joy of the feast with a festal Divine Liturgy. Even the threat of inclement weather did not deter the faithful from assembling. Christ is Born!

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5th Anniversary Dinner Dance & Silent Auction

5th Anniversary Dinner Dance & Silent Auction - 11/01/09

On Sunday, November 1, following the Hierarchical Liturgy, Holy Apostles had its 4th Annual Dinner Dance to celebrate our 5th Anniversary at the Penn-Harris Radisson in Camp Hill, PA. We had over 160 people participate! Our first totals show that we raised a little more than $17,000 for our building fund! Thank you to everyone who participated and supported us in this celebratory year!

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5th Anniversary Hierarchical Liturgy

5th Anniversary Hierarchical Liturgy - 11/01/09

On Sunday, November 1, our parish celebrated our 5th Anniversary. His Grace, Bishop Tikhon led us in worship, ordained Rdr. Serphim Reynolds to be a Subdeacon, and awarded Fr. Timothy the skufia. Parish Council President Mary Sak, and Chior Director Barbara Linnehan both recieved Gramotas for their outstanding work for the building up of the parish.

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St. Elijah Blessing 2009

St. Elijah Blessing 2009 - pictures added 7/25! - 07/19/09

On Sunday, July 19, the Sunday closest to the feast of the Great Prophet Elijah (July 20), the faithful of Holy Apostles Mission processed into the parking lot after Liturgy for our annual blessing of vehicles.

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Annual Picnic & Vespers in the Park

Annual Picnic & Vespers in the Park - 07/18/09

On Saturday, July 18, the friends and faithful of Holy Apostles Mission gathered in Soldiers & Sailors Park in Mechanicsburg for our annual Picnic with Vespers. We had 73 people in attendance, and with near perfect weather it was a wonderful time of faith and summer fellowship for all!

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Start of our 5th Anniversary

Start of our 5th Anniversary - 06/21/09

On Sunday, June 21, His Grace Bishop TIKHON visited Holy Apostles to mark the 5th Anniversary of the first Liturgy served as a parish. On June 20, 2004, 38 souls gathered in the United Methodist "Mission Central" for the first celebration of the Divine Liturgy, and Holy Apostles Mission was born. Five years later, we begin this special milestone year with the presence of our bishop who lead us in worship. A special moliben was served at the end of the service to give thanks to God for all that has happened in this relatively short time.

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Salute to our Graduates

Salute to our Graduates - 06/14/09

On Sunday, June 14, Holy Apostles honored its graduates with special prayers and a gift at the end of the service. This day also marked our Father Timothy's 29th birthday. Many Years all around!

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Pascha 2009

Pascha 2009 - 04/19/09

On Sunday, April 19, the Orthodox world celebrated the Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha. Starting with Nocturnes, then a Procession, Matins, Paschal Hours, the Festal Divine Liturgy, and the traditional basket blessing, a festive Agape meal was had way into the early hours of the morning. It was a beautiful morning, with near perfect weather, not to mention the highest attendance for Pascha in our 5 year history! Christ is Risen!

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Holy Friday 2009

Holy Friday 2009 - 04/17/09

On Friday, April 17, the Orthodox world celebrated Great & Holy Friday, the annual commemoration of the Passion, and Death of Jesus Christ. We celebrated the Burial Vespers in the afternoon, and then Matins with Lamentations in the evening.

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Palm Sunday Vespers

Palm Sunday Vespers - 04/11/09

On Saturday, April 11, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated Great Vespers with Litiya for the Great Feast of our Lord's Enrtance into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday.

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Chrismation of Elizabeth Tomes

The Chrismation of Elizabeth Tomes - 04/11/09

On Lazarus Saturday, April 11, prior to the Palm Sunday Vespers Service, Elizabeth (Cindi) Tomes was Chrismated into the Orthodox Church.

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Pan-Orthodox Presanctified Liturgy

Pan-Orthodox Presanctified Liturgy - 03/27/09

On Friday, March 27, Holy Apostles Mission hosted a Pan-Orthodox Presanctified Liturgy with His Grace Bishop TIKHON of Philadelphia as the main celebrant. Holy Apostles, Christ the Saviour (OCA), St. Nicholas (Serbian), and Holy Annunciation (Bulgarian) parishes were all represented. Bishop Tikhon took the time from his busy schedule to be with us and lead us in worship during this midpoint of the Lenten Fast.

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The 3rd Sunday of Great Lent - The Veneration of the Cross

The 3rd Sunday of Great Lent - the Veneration of the Cross - 03/22/09

On Sunday, March 22, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Precious Cross. This marks the half-way point of Great Lent for Orthodox Christians.

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St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir Visit

St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir Visit - 02/28/09

On Saturday, February 28, St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir visted Holy Apostles Mission and sang the responses for Great Vespers. Seminary Dean, Fr. Michael Dahulich offered a sermon following the service. A "cheesefare" supper was served following the service in honor of the Choir's visit.

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The Blessing of the Susquehanna River

The Blessing of the Susquehanna - 01/11/09

On Sunday, January 11, the local Orthodox Communities from the Greater Harrisburg area assembled at City Island Park in Harrisburg for the Great Blessing of Water on the Susquehanna River. In the Orthodox world, this traditional rite is usually done on or around the feast of Theophany. This was a regular event in years passed, and now has been reinstated, and will be a yearly event for the future. Thank you to Larry Smith from Christ the Saviour Church in Harrisburg for the pictures.

Also, see the link from the local CBS 21's New coverage of the event: http://www.whptv.com/search/videosearch.aspx?search=Orthodox

And be sure to check out our "Theophany Page:"  Click here!

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Nativity of our Lord 2008

Nativity of our Lord Vigil - 2008 - 12/24/08

On Wednesday evening, December 24, Holy Apostles gathered to celebrate the Vigil for the Great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord.

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Hierarchical Liturgy

Hierarchical Liturgy - 12/07/08

On Sunday, December 17, Holy Apostles welcomed His Grace, Bishop TIKHON, who brought with him the wonder-working copy of the ikon of the Theotokos "She Who Is Quick to Hear". His Grace served the Divine Liturgy and then visited the Sunday School classes before leaving that afternoon.

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Visit of the Ikon of the Theotokos

Visit of the Ikon "She Who Is Quick to Hear" - 12/06/08

On Saturday December 6, His Grace Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania visited Holy Apostles Mission and brought with him the wonderworking copy of the Theotokos "She Who Is Quick to Hear" for the weekend.

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St. Nicholas Day Youth Celebration 2008

St. Nicholas Day Youth Celebration - 12/06/08

On Saturday, December 6, Holy Apostles celebrated the memory of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker with a program for the youth of the parish. We decorated the Christmas tree, and then had a special visit from "St. Nicholas".

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Dinner Dance & Silent Auction 2008

Dinner Dance & Silent Auction 2008 - 10/19/08

On Sunday, October 19, Holy Apostles held its 3rd Annual Dinner Dance & Silent Auction at the Penn-Harris Radisson in Camp Hill, Pa. We had a record crowd and a great time was had by all as is evident by the pictures...

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10/19 Divine Liturgy

10/19 Liturgy - 10/19/08

On Sunday, October 19, Holy Apostles was pleased to welcome Fr. Daniel Ressetar, and Fr. Michael Kovach to serve with Fr. Timothy on the day of their Annual Dinner Dance and Silent Auction

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Visit of OCMC Missionary Kenneth Kidde

Vist of OCMC Missionary Kenneth Kidde - 11/22/08

On Saturday, November 22, Holy Apostles welcomed OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center) Misionary Kenneth Kidde to our parish. Ken was in town for the annual OCMC/IOCC Charity Banquet, and asked to come and visit the Mission. Hoyl Apostles has regularly supported the Support a Mission Priest (S.A.M.P.) program, and other OCMC programs.

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Newly Refurbished Processional Cross

Newly Refurbished Processional Cross - 11/15/08

On Saturday, November 15, Holy Apostles Mission rejoiced to receive back our Processional Cross which was recently sent away to be redone. The origional Cross was a hand-me-down given to the Mission in the beginning, and recently an anonymous donor provided for the cross to be repainted. The Cross was blessed after Vespers and enthroned behind the Altar. We thank God for this new addition which enhances the beauty of His holy House.

We thank David M. Mastroberte for his work. Please see his website: www.theologyincolor.com for more information.

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Elevation of the Holy Cross Liturgy (9/14/08)

Elevation of the Holy Cross Liturgy - 09/14/08

On Sunday, September 14, 2008, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Great Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. Fr. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris of Merrit Island Florida was with us visiting the Hojnicki's, and celebrated the Liturgy with Fr. Timothy. Fr. Nicholas was celebrating his 47th Anniversary of Ordination that week.

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Elevation of the Holy Cross - Vigil (9/13/08)

Elevation of the Holy Cross - Vigil - 09/13/08

On Saturday, September 13, 2008, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated a full Vigil (Great Vespers, Litya, and Matins) in celebration of the Great Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

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Presentation on St. Maxim Sandovitch

Presentation on St. Maxim Sandovitch - 09/06/08

On Saturday, September 6, the feast of the New-Martyr Maxim Sandovitch, Holy Apostles Mission welcomed Fr. Dan Ressetar to give a presentation on the life, martyrdom, and glorification of Fr. Dan's great-uncle, St. Maxim. Holy Apostles has a program where the first Saturday of every month, following Vespers, a presentation is given by someone other than Fr. Tim :)  on something related to the spiritual life. This has been a wonderful source of education and community building in the parish.

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Annual Picnic & Vespers in the Park

Annual Picnic & Vespers in the Park - 08/30/08

On Saturday, August 30, the faithful of Holy Apostles Mission gathered at Soldiers & Sailors Park in Mechanicsburg for their annual parish picnic. Following supper, Vespers was served with over 65 in attendance. Special thanks to Sally Marasco for organizing the event, and to everyone who participated!

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Feast of the Prophet Elijah

The Feast of the Prophet Elijah - 07/20/08

On Sunday, July 20, Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the feast of the Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah. As is our tradition, following Liturgy there was a procession to the parking lot where all vehicles, great and small, were blessed. Through the prayers of the Holy Prophet Elijah may God keep all of our drivers and travelers safe!

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Pentecost

Pentecost - 06/15/08

On Sunday, June 15, the Orthodox World celebrated the Great Feast of Pentecost. Holy Apostles marked this 50th Day of Pascha with a full Vigil (Vespers & Matins) on Saturday night (6/14), and then with the Festal Liturgy, and the Vespers with Kneeling prayers on Sunday morning.

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Williams Wedding Anniversay Moliben

Williams Anniversary Moliben - 05/17/08

On Saturday, May 17, following Great Vespers, a festive moliben was served in honor of Steve and Barbara Williams 25th Wedding anniversary. A small reception was held following. May God continue to bless them in Holy Matrimony for Many Years!

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St. Thomas Sunday -

St. Thomas Sunday - "Antipascha" - 05/04/08

On Sunday, May 4, the community of Holy Apostles Mission celebrated the Sunday after Holy Pascha, St. Thomas Sunday. Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, of Merritt Island Florida, Matushka Anastasia's Father, served with Fr. Timothy.

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Holy Week & Pascha 2008

Holy Week & Pascha 2008

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Holy Unction

Holy Unction at Christ the Saviour Church - 04/23/08

On Holy Wednesday evening, April 23, the faithful of Hoyl Apostles joined the faithful of Christ the Saviour parirsh in Harrisburg, for the service of Holy unction. This is the first time this was done as a joint service, and some estimates say there were more than 130 people present. "How good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell in unity!"

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Pope Chrismation

Pope Chrismation - 04/19/08

On Lazarus Saturday, April 19, Athanasius, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, and Samuel Pope were received into the Orthodox Church through the rite of Holy Chrismation. May God bless and preserve them in the faith for Many Years!

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Ritchey Chrismation

Ritchey Chrismation - 04/13/08

On Sunday, April 13, Laura Ritchey was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mystery of Holy Chrismation. May God continue to bless and guide her, as well as her sponsor, Barbara Linnehan, for Many Years!

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Kerkendall Chrismation - 3/30/08

Kerkendall Chrismation - 3/30/08 - 03/30/08

On Sunday, March 30, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, Vladimir (Wade), and Christine (Criss) Kerkendall, were recieved into the Holy Orthodox Church prior to the Divine Liturgy. May God protect and preserve them and their sponsors for MANY YEARS!

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New Processional Fans (Rapidia)

New Processional Fans (Rapidia) - 03/30/08

On Saturday, March 29, atthe end of Great Vespers, new processional fans were blessed to be used in the celebration of the Divine Services. We thank God for the generosity of the donor who made this liturgical item donation possible.

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Baptism of Matthew Dollins

Baptism of Matthew Dollins - 02/24/08

Matthew Dollins, the son of David and Valeria Dollins, is baptised. May God grant the newly-illumined servant of God, the infant Matthew, MANY YEARS!

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Visit of His Grace, Bishop TIKHON

Visit of Bishop TIKHON - 02/03/08

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Tonsure of Reader Seraphim Reynolds

Reader Seraphim Tonsure - 02/03/08

Parishioner Seraphim Reynolds is tonsured as a reader in the Holy Orthodox Church by His Grace, Bishop TIKHON of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania during His Grace's visit to Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission. MANY YEARS to the newly-tonsured Reader Seraphim!!!!

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Visit of Father Eric Tosi

Visit of Father Eric Tosi - 02/17/08

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Theophany 2008

Theophany 2008 - 01/07/08

 

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Nativity (Christmas) 2007

Nativity 2007 - 12/25/07

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