Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Church was founded in 2003 under the ministry of Archbishop DMITRI of Dallas, Texas of the Orthodox Church in America. The parish remains as it began, an American Orthodox community benefitting from the lovely customs and traditions of its many ethnicities. The parish has a rigorous liturgical and Orthodox educational life under the guidance of Archpriest Ambrose Arrington.
In its infancy, the parish held services in the homes of its adherents. Within a few months the parish located to a storefront on South Lewis Avenue and resided there for four years. In September 2007 the parish moved to land purchased in south Tulsa County, holding its first service in the chapel dedicated to Saint Matthew the Evangelist on September 15th. Utilizing a modular building for classrooms and gatherings, the parish continued to grow with new members regularly joining the community.
In November 2010, the parish completed one of its long-term goals with the construction of a rectory on church property for Father Ambrose and his family. With parish growth continuing, in 2015 the chapel was expanded, doubling congregation, choir, and reader space. During 2016 a rented mobile building was added for much-needed classroom space.
Today the parish finds itself at another stage in its development. The blessing of new members and an abundance of children requires the parish to construct a new multi use facility for church fellowship and education. While the existing modular building will be improved cosmetically for future use, the necessity of a new community center is critical for the parish. We are amazed at what God has done, and continues to do, for our parish family, This is a very special community and we would love to have you visit.
On August 6, 2017, the Feast of Holy Transfiguration, lightning struck St. Matthew's Chapel. The lightning hit the cross and dome, entered the cupola, and mysteriously left the building without causing extensive damage—the icon of Christ Pantokrator in the cupola was minimally damaged. Amazingly, only the word "death" was destroyed in the icon. A tear in the icon's canvas halted before damaging the Lord's head or face; moreover, when the icon was removed and the torn flaps placed back together, the tears were in the form of a cross. The many details of this event provide a vivid reminder that the Lord, through the Cross, has destroyed death by His almighty power.
"The voice of Thy thunder was heard in the whirlwind; Thy lightnings shone upon the inhabited earth; the earth trembled and shook."
—Psalm 76:18 (always read on the Feast of Holy Transfiguration)
15710 S. Peoria Ave.
1Apr9:00am Parish Cleaning Day
3:00pm Arrington Baptism
5:00pm Great Vespers, Confessions
2AprST. MARY OF EGYPT
8:45am Choir Practice
9:10am 3rd & 6th Hours
9:30am Divine Liturgy
4Apr8:00am Midnight Office, First Hour
9:30am Sophia Homeschool Co-op
5Apr8:00am Midnight Office, First Hour
6:30pm Presanctified Liturgy
6Apr8:00am Midnight Office, First Hour
7Apr8:00am Midnight Office, First Hour
10:00am Sophia Homeschool Co-op
12:00pm Presanctified Liturgy