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“Holy Scripture is the greatest gift which God has given to man...the word of God is like an instrument which punctures the hardness of our heart. It is like a charge of dynamite which blasts our passions to the left and to the right. It purges our heart and fills it with virtues...the Holy Scriptures provide us with spiritual experience...Where God’s voice is, there is God, hidden within the voice. The spiritual book is a mystery, a sacrament...the words and lines of Holy Scripture are the garments of Christ...we know the names of dozens of actors and celebrities by heart, backwards and forwards. The same thing with sports stars...Here’s a better idea, let’s do something else. When you go home tonight, open up [the Scriptures].”

Elder Aimilianos the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mt. Athos

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.

A Simple Heart - 2017 Retreat Symposium August 11-13!
A Simple Heart Schedule

A Simple Heart

Simplicity and Stillness in Orthodox Spirituality


Retreat Symposium Schedule


Friday, 11th August 2017:

Arrival day for those travelling from outside the Riverside / Los Angeles area. (Please be sure to see our guidance on accommodation.)

  • 7:00 p.m. – OPTIONAL EVENT: His Grace Bishop Irenei will lead a special, informal presentation: “Orthodoxy in Great Britain: Past, Present, Future”, with slides and plenty of anecdotes.

Saturday, 12th August 2017:

  • 7:30 – Orthros (Matins) at St Andrew Orthodox Church.
  • 8:00 – Divine Liturgy.
  • 9:00 – Registration opens; light continental breakfast service during registration.
  • 9:45 – Opening prayer and welcome by Archpriest Josiah Trenham.
  • 10.00 – Session I: “A Simple Faith, a Simple Heart, a Simple Encounter — The Essence of Spiritual Life.”
  • 10:30 – Coffee. 
  • 11:00 – Session II: “Simple Prayer, Elaborate Ritual — Navigating the Orthodox Spiritual Life.”
  • 12:30 – Panel Discussion.
  • 1:00 – Lunch.
  • 2:00 – Guided Group Conversation: “The Most Complicated Thing About Simplicity”
  • 2:45 – Session III: “Cultivating a Simple Heart — The Jesus Prayer and the Interior Life of the Christian.”
  • 4:00 – Tea break.
  • 4:30 – Additional Discussion (time permitting).
  • 5:00 – Vespers, celebrated by local clergy.
  • 6:45 – Dinner, with time for fellowship with conference speakers and participants.

Sunday, 13th August 2017:

  • 9:00 – Orthros and Divine Liturgy (10:00), His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph Presiding, concelebrated by participant hierarchs and clergy, together with local clergy and any symposium participating clergy who may wish to concelebrate.
  • 12:00 – Lunch.
  • 1:30 – Remarks by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Head of the Antiochian Archdiocese.
  • 2:30 – Session IV: “Simplicity in a Complex World — ‘Living Simply’, Ecologically, Politically, Spiritually.”
  • 3.30 – Discussion.
  • 4:15 – Closing Remarks & Thanks.
  • 4:00 – Departure.

Please note that session titles are tentative and subject to adjustment by the symposium retreat leader.


For more information and to register on-line early for discounted rates:


St. Andrew Orthodox Church  |  4700 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507


New St. John Chyrsostom Catechetical School Series

No Class July 5th - LA Diocese Parish Life Conference is this week!

No Class July 12th - Youth Summer Camp!

No Class July 29th - Archdiocese Convention in Miami

Aerial Drone Flight Over St. Andrew Orthodox Church

(Click picture of temple to view aerial flight)

Current Bulletin and Newsletter
Weekly Service Schedule



5:30 p.m. Great Vespers


SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

9:00 a.m. Orthros

10:00 a.m. Liturgy

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

The Righteous Ruth


TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

5:00 p.m. Vespers for Righteous Mother Macrina,

Sister of St. Basil the Great



5:00 p.m. Vigil

6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Holy Prophet Elias

8:00 p.m. Family Night and Lecture #4:

“The Ascetical Discipline of the Kingdom”

Fellowship Hall


FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

5:00 p.m. Great Vespers for the Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary Magdelene,

Equal to the Apostles



5:30 p.m. Great Vespers


SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017

9:00 a.m. Orthros

10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

 Hieromartyr Phocas, Bishop of Sinope


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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