Welcome to the website of the Parish of the Holy Apostle Thomas in Munich!
Germany is a land rich in Christian history. In the first centuries following the resurrection of our Lord, scores of men and women dedicated their lives to evangelizing this land; hundreds suffered martyrdom for their faith, and their memory endures even to this day in the Orthodox Church, which is present in Germany in nearly all of its autocephalous jurisdictions, primarily as Russian, Greek, Serbian and Romanian churches.
The Parish of the Holy Apostle Thomas was formed in January 2017 with the blessing of His Eminence Mark, Archbishop of All-Germany of the Russian Church Outside of Russia. We are one of more than fifteen Orthodox churches in Munich. Alongside the Parish of the Holy Apostle Andrew of the Greek Orthodox Salvatorkirche, we form the German-speaking churches of the Orthodox faith in Munich.
The aim of our parish is to conduct all of our liturgical services in German: not only the Divine Liturgy, but also the Vesper service and the Matins service. This is unique among the Orthodox parishes in our city and is grounded in the commandment of Jesus Christ Himself to go out to all peoples, making disciples, baptizing and teaching (Matthew 28:19).
The Orthodox Church alone has preserved the teaching of the Apostles in its pure form without adding or detracting from its fullness, which was delivered “once and for all to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Within our Church the words of Christ are manifest, “A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither does one light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15), so that the hearers of all confessions and religions, men and women of all ages and backgrounds, may find in the Orthodox Church the true and holy Christian faith. Come and see!
At the present time, our parish meets in the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Munich-Ludwigsfeld. We celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month at 9:00, and on the evening prior (Saturdays) at 17:00 we serve the two-hour “Vigil” (so-called because it combines the evening Vesper service with the morning Matins service).
In addition, on the first Sunday of every month we celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 in the Nicholas chapel of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, Lincolnstr. 58 (please see the church schedule at www.sobor.de).