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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.

St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School

Saint John Chrysostom Catechetical School Begins New Lecture Series

A new 10 part lecture series is begining April 22nd, Wednesday night at 7pm entitled Apocalypse Soon: An Exposition of the Revelation of St. John.   

Family Night meals are served during the lectures.  Donations for the meals are $2.50 per person, or $5 per family.  

Come and enjoy great food, edifying lectures and fellowship!

Aerial Drone Flight Over St. Andrew Orthodox Church

(Click picture of temple to view aerial flight)

Second Anniversary of Kidnapping

On the occasion of the second anniversary

of the kidnapping of

the two Metropolitans of Aleppo

His Eminence Paul (Yazigi) and

His Eminence John (Abraham)

on April 22, 2013


A Joint Statement has been issued

by the two Patriarchates of Antioch and of All the East:

The Greek Orthodox Church and

the SyriacOrthodox Church

Click here to download and read English version

Click here to download and read Arabic Version

Damascus, April 22, 2015

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

Current Bulletin and Newsletter
Weekly Bulletin

Sunday April 19, 2015

Click here to view/download weekly bulletin





Weekly Service Schedule

Service Schedule

Saturday – Apr 18th

8:00 a.m. Paschal Orthros

8:30 a.m. Paschal Liturgy

9:30 a.m. Paschal Retreat for Young Adults

5:30 p.m. Paschal Vespers

Sunday – Apr 19th

9:00am Orthros

10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

New Sunday or Anti-Pascha

Sunday of St. Thomas the Apostle, Called “The Twin”

Monday – Apr 20th 

No Service

Tuesday – Apr 21st

No Service

Wednesday – Apr 22nd

6:00pm Great Vespers for St. George

the Trophy-Bearer and Great Martyr,

7:00pm Family Night

Lecture #1- Revelation 1—The Vision of Jesus Christ

in the Series: Apocalypse Soon:

An Exposition of the Revelation of St. John

Thursday – Apr 23rd

7:30am Orthros

8:00am Liturgy for St. George

Friday – Apr 24th

No Service

Saturday – Apr 25th

5:30pm Great Vespers

Sunday – Apr 26th

9:00am Orthros

10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Pious St. Joseph of Arimathea and Righteous Nicodemus


  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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