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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.

Community Christmas Card
St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School - New Series!
Lecture Schedule

St. John Chrysostom's Catechetical School meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, following Vespers.  This is also Family Night.  A delicious lenten meal is prepared for attendees, and is only $2.50 per person, or $5.00 per family.

Nov. 16 - Lecture 1: What is the Conscience?

Nov. 23 - No Class

Nov. 30 - Lecture 2: The Pathologies of the Conscience

Dec. 7 - Lecture 3: The Redemption and Illumination of teh Conscience

Dec. 14 - Lecture 4: Conflicts of Conscience - Personally and with Others

Dec. 21 - Lecture 5: The Conscience in Confession and on the Last Day

Aerial Drone Flight Over St. Andrew Orthodox Church

(Click picture of temple to view aerial flight)

Join Orthodox Christians in a Pro-Life Walk at the upcoming West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco, CA. Busses will depart Saint Andrew's Antiochian Orthodox Church on Friday, January 20th and return on Sunday, January 22. We will be sleeping at Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco, CA (sleeping bags required). Additional information will be emailed to you a few weeks prior to the walk. If you have any questions, please email


All Ages are Welcome

Cost Includes: 

Bus to/from Saint Andrews in Riverside
A Two Night Stay at Holy Trinity Church
2017 Walk for Life Admission
A visit to the relics of St. John Maximovitch

Please bring: 

A Sleeping Bag or Air Mattress
Shower Towel
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Appropriate Clothes (Warm/Church Attire)
Money for food

For more information and to register, click here.

Current Bulletin and Newsletter
Weekly Service Schedule



5:30 p.m. Great Vespers



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

St. Barbara the Great Martyr






5:00 p.m. Vespers for St. Ambrose of Milan



6:00 p.m. Advent Paraklesis

7:00 p.m. Family Night and Lecture #3 “Contours of the Healthy Conscience”

in the lecture series The Voice in My Head:

An Orthodox Understanding of the Conscience

 Also - Nicholas Visits St. Andrew Children


9:00 a.m. Orthros for the Conception of the Theotokos



11:00 a.m.  6th Hour

5:00 p.m. Vespers for the Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes,

and Eugraphos of Alexandria

Lecture #1 “The Great Angel, the One God, and the Virgin: Scriptural

and Patristic Contours of the Incarnation” by Father Calinic Berger



7:30 a.m. Orthros; 8:00 a.m. Liturgy for the Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphos of Alexandria

9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Lecture #2 by Father Clinic

5:30 p.m. Great Vespers



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

St. Sarah


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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