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Outside the Church and without the Church, Christian life is impossible. Without the Church, the Christian teaching alone remains as an empty sound, for Christian life is Church life. Only in the life of the Church can a person live and develop. In a bodily organism, separate members never grow or develop independently of one another, but always and only in connection with the whole organism. The same applies to the Church. For the growth of the Church is at the same time the growth of its members….The word “Church” (ecclesia) appears one hundred and ten times in the New Testament, while such words as “Christianity” and similar words are completely unknown in the New Testament…to be Christian means to belong to the Church.

St. Hilarion (Troitsky), Christianity or the Church?

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 Chyrsostom Catechetical School Series
St. Andrew Patronal Banquet 2015
Intro to Orthodoxy and Orthodox Catechism Classes

Orthodox Advent Season Catechism Classes

Classes start November 7th, at 4pm in the Fellowship Hall

 Classes will be conducted each Saturday through December 20

This is the eight topic Catechumen lecture series that precedes the Nativity.  It comprises eight of a sixteen topic lecture series entitled "An Orthodox Catechism". The remaining lectures will be conducted the eight weeks prior to Pascha in the Spring of 2016. These classes are mandatory for all catechumens, and especially for those hoping to be received into the Church at Pascha 2016. However, the classes are open to all who wish to attend. Inquirers are encouraged to attend.  

Lecture topics:

Advent Season Lectures:

  • The True God
  • The Human Being
  • Sin
  • Jesus Christ the Son of God
  • Jesus Christ the Savior of the World
  • Repentance and Faith
  • The Holy Spirit and the Saints
  • The Church and the Mother of God


Aerial Drone Flight Over St. Andrew Orthodox Church

(Click picture of temple to view aerial flight)

Current Bulletin and Newsletter
Weekly Bulletin

Sunday November 29, 2015

Click here to view/download weekly bulletin





Weekly Service Schedule





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


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

 7:00 p.m. Vigil for St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle


 8:00 a.m. Liturgy for St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle,

 Patron Saint of St. Andrew Parish


 5:00 p.m. Advent Paraklesis


 6:00 p.m. Advent Akathist

 7:00 p.m. Lecture: “Vespers: Our Evening Offering to God,” Part 3: "The Presanctified Liturgy"


12:00 p.m. Noon Advent Parklesis


 Services for the Pastoral Feast of St. Barbara Monastery

7:00 p.m. Young Adult Retreat with Father John Parker


 7:30 a.m. Orthros

8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy for St. Saba

4:00 p.m. Catechism

5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

6:00 Patronal Banquet begins with social hour


 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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