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What sacrifices we make, let them be sacrifices that transform us. They are not ends in and of themselves. They are tools by which we can become a little closer to God's image, a little closer to Christ's life.
+St. John Chrysostom

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.

New St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School Series

The new lecture series, How to Save Your Soul in Traffic: Counsels on Christian Urban Living will begin on Wednesday, January 7th at 7pm in the fellowship hall.  This is part of our Family Night ministry, where we serve a homemade hot meal for $2.50 a person, or $5.00 per family.  Everyone is encouraged to come for great food, spiritual edification and fellowship.

More information on this class will be forth coming.  See you there!

3rd Annual New Year's Eve Hoedown!
Coming in February 2015!

The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute is pleased to announce its fourth set of regional symposia, on the theme of The City a Desert: Living the Life of the Desert in the Midst of the World, to take place both in Southern California (Riverside, near LA) from 7th-8th February, and in Northern California (San Francisco) from 14th-15th February 2015.  

St. Athanasius the Great, one of our Institute's patrons, famously wrote of the young monastic movement: "And the desert became a city, filled with monks." So great was this avenue of spiritual life that it gave rise to giants of asceticism, hesychasm and prayer that have remained central to the Orthodox Christian life for centuries. But what of Christians who live in that very different sort of "desert": the city? Is there hope for such spiritual progress for those who live in the midst of the world?

This fourth suite of regional February symposia will address the way that "the city may become a desert" — that is, a fruitful place for life-changing, deep spirtiuality and the Life in Christ. As always, our symposia bring together leading Orthodox lecturers (see this year's speakers for Riverside and for San Francisco), celebration of the Divine Services, panel discussions, opportunities for fellowship and many other dimensions that make these weekends important and prayerful events. 

To learn more visit the Ss. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies click here.

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

Fall Catechumen Classes

Fall Catechumen Classes

First Class October 25th at 4pm in the Fellowship Hall

The eight lecture Catechumen series that precedes the Nativity entitled "An Orthodox Catechism" begin on Saturday October 25th in the fellowship hall at 4pm.  Classes will be held each week on Saturdays for eight weeks. 

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 True God
  • Man
  • Sin
  • Jesus Christ the Son of God
  • Repentance and Faith
  • The Holy Spirit and the Saints
  • The Church and the Most Holy Theotokos
  • Prayer and the Holy Scripture

 The next eight lectures will be held in the weeks preceding Pascha in 2015. 

Current Bulletin and Newsletter
Weekly Bulletin

Sunday December 14, 2014

Click here to view/download weekly bulletin





Weekly Service Schedule

Weekly Service Schedule

5:30 p.m. Great Vespers

6:00 p.m. Vespers
7:00 p.m. Family Night

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

To see detailed Service Schedule for the week click here

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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