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"Prayer is the seed of gentleness and the absence of anger.

Abba Nilus

Welcome to Saint Andrew Orthodox Church


Thank you for visiting the St. Andrew Orthodox Church website. We hope you find our site informative and edifying. We also invite you to join us for one of our liturgical services – services that have been part of the worshipping tradition of apostolic Christianity since the era of the “early Christian Church."

Our parish is part of the ancient Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch where St. Luke in the Book of Acts tells us the believers were mockingly called “Christians” for the first time (Acts 11:26). We are part of the global Eastern Orthodox Church community which includes national churches in traditionally Orthodox countries like Russia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Cyprus, and the Middle East, but also in Japan, China, India, the Philippines, throughout Europe including Germany, France, Poland, Finland, across the British Isles, throughout the African continent including Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and across North, Central and South America.  There are over 250 million Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world today and over 1 million in the United States. 

Our parish is more than just a place where people come to worship the living God (although it is first and foremost that!). St. Andrew is a vibrant faith community of people of all ages and backgrounds who are working out their faith together and raising their families in accordance with the commandments of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the sacred norms for spiritual life of the ancient Holy Eastern Orthodox Church.

Many of our congregants journeyed to the Orthodox Church from other Christian faith traditions and denominations and some non-Christian religious and spiritual traditions. Whether you are “on a journey” or just wanting to visit a local Orthodox parish you will be welcome at St. Andrew. We are always honored to have visitors join us for prayer and worship.

Aerial Drone Flight Over St. Andrew Orthodox Church

(Click picture of temple to view aerial flight)

New St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School Series

A new St. John Catechetical School Series entitled Joy: An Exposition of St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, taught by Fr. Josiah, begins Wednesday night, February 25th at 8pm, immediately following Pre-Santified Liturgy.  This is a four week series that will be held over the next four weeks of Great Lent.

2015 Parish Life Conference

 Come Join us for the

Diocese of Los Angeles and the West

63rd Annual Parish Life Conference

July 1-5, 2015

Hosted by St. Andrew Church, Riverside CA

Will take place at Irvine Mariott

Click here to view conference video

For more information and registration click here

Catechumen Classes Preceding Pascha are in Session!

Spring Catechumen Classes - Saturdays at 4pm in the fellowship hall

 First Class is February 21st at 4pm in the Fellowship Hall

The eight lecture Catechumen series that precedes Pascha entitled "An Orthodox Catechism" begin on Saturday February 21st in the fellowship hall at 4pm.  Classes will be held each week on Saturdays up through the Saturday before Holy Saturday. 

These classes are mandatory for catechumens hoping to be received into the Church at Pascha 2015. However, the classes are open to all who wish to attend. Inquirers are encouraged to attend.  

Lecture titles:

  • The Mystery of Holy Baptism
  • The Mystery of Chrismation
  • The Mystery of Holy Eucharist
  • The Mystery of Holy Confession
  • The Mystery of the Holy Priesthood
  • The Mystery of Holy Matrimony
  • The Mystery of Holy Unction
  • The Mystery of Death and the Funeral


Current Bulletin and Newsletter
Weekly Bulletin

Sunday March 22, 2015

Click here to view/download weekly bulletin





Weekly Service Schedule


Monday, March 23, 2015

7:00 p.m. Little Compline with the Great Canon of Repentance

and the Reading of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6:30 p.m. Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Great Feast of the Annunciation.

Followed by Catechumen Fish Dinner in the Fellowship Hall

 (Afternoon Fast)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

6:00 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy (Afternoon Fast)

Friday, March 27, 2015

7:00 p.m. Akathist to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 28, 2015

7:30 a.m. Orthros/8:00 a.m. Liturgy for Akathist Saturday

4:00 p.m. Catechism/5:30 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, March 29, 2015

9:00 a.m. Orthros/10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

 Agape Meal following Liturgy in the Fellowship Hall 

Modest attire required - no shorts, no bare shoulders

Church Temple Tours available by Appointment





Saint Andrew Orthodox Church
4700 Canyon Crest
Riverside, CA 92507



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