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“I am a father for you, and a brother, a bridegroom, and a home, a nurse and a dress, a root and a cornerstone.  Whatever you want I am for you.  I don’t want you to be in any need.  I will serve you, because I came not to be served but to serve.  I am a friend, and a member, and a head, and a brother, and a sister, and a mother. I am everything for you.  Only be in contact with me.  I have been poor for you, a wanderer for you.  I have been on the cross and in the tomb for you.  High above with the Father I mediate for you.  Down here I arrived as an ambassador sent by the Father to you.  You are everything to me, a brother and a co-heir, a friend, and a member of my body.  What more do you desire?”

St. John Chrysostom



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, Bulgaria, 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.

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



7:30 a.m. Orthros

8:00 a.m. Liturgy for St. Ambrose of Milan



9:00 a.m. Orthros

10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10            

5:00pm  Advent Paraklesis



6:00pm Great Vespers for our Holy Father Spyridon the Wonderworker,

Bishop of Trimythous

7:00pm Family Night and Discussion in our series Enduring Love:   

Laying Deep Foundations for Marriage.  Chapter 9: Spiritual Life

Fellowship Hall



5:00pm Great Vespers for 5 Martyrs of Greater Armenia:

Eustratios, Auxentios, Eugenios, Mardarios, and Orestes;

Righteous Father Herman of Alaska; Holy Virgin Martyr Lucia



7:30am Orthros

8:00am Liturgy

7:00pm Vespers for the Holy Martyrs Thyrsos, Leukios, Kallinikos,

and Those with Them

7:30pm Lecture 1 by Father Ted Pulcini with coffee and dessert



7:30am Orthros

8:00am Liturgy

9:00am Breakfast with Lectures 2 & 3 by Father Ted Pulcini

4:00pm Catechism, Fellowship Hall

5:30pm  Great Vespers


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15              

9:00am   Orthros

10:00am  Divine Liturgy

Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria

Sunday of the Forefathers (Ancestors) of Christ


Agape Hour in the Fellowship Hall following Sunday morning Liturgy


Saint Andrew Orthodox Church
4700 Canyon Crest
Riverside, CA 92507



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