Our Patron Saint
All Orthodox Christian churches have a patron saint to which the community is entrusted. The feast of our community is the Synaxis (gathering) of the Holy Apostles, celebrated each year on June 30th. As a community dedicated to the Holy Apostles, we strive to honor their memories and to hold fast of the final command of our Lord before He ascended into glory (Matthew 28:16-20) to preach the Truth to all peoples the joy of Jesus Christ.
Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James & John the sons of Zebedee, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Jude the brother of James, Simon & Matthias.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, the First-called; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who was also the Evangelist and Theologian; Philip, and Bartholomew (see also June 11); Thomas, and Matthew the publican, who was also called Levi and was an Evangelist; James the son of Alphaeus, and Jude (also called Lebbaeus, and surnamed Thaddaeus), the brother of James, the Brother of God; Simon the Cananite ("the Zealot"), and Matthias, who was elected to fill the place of Judas the traitor (see Aug. 9).
Apolytikion (Hymn) of Synaxis of the 12 Apostles
O Holy Apostles, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of offenses..