Welcome to Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church

Irvine, California

“Make love your aim.”  1 Corinthians 14:1

What is the Orthodox Church?

The Orthodox Christian Faith has much to offer the world, and yet it is unknown to most American Christians.  St. Paul’s offers education classes for adults,  Bible studies, digital resources, and more
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Attend a Worship Service

Whether you are Orthodox or not, we invite you to join us for worship on Sunday.  The main service is the Divine Liturgy, which begins at 10:00 am.   See schedule of services for more information

Prayer

“Prayer is the test of everything. If prayer is right everything is right.” – St. Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)  Read more about learning how to pray…

Worship Services

Every Sunday Morning Prayer (Matins) 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Special Lenten Services begin on March 11th

Monday Evenings:  Great Compline 6pm

Wednesday Evenings:  Pre-sanctified Liturgy 6pm

Friday Evening: Salutation Services to the Theotokos 7pm  (Last one on Friday, April 12th)
Join us for “Soup and Salad at Six” before the Friday evening service.

Schedule of Holy Week Services

Saturday, April 20th The Raising of Lazarus
Morning Prayer 9:00 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Lenten Breakfast and Palm Cross Making at 11:30am
Palm Sunday evening
April 21st
The First Service of the Bridegroom
7:00 pm
Great and Holy Monday
April 22nd
The Second Service of the Bridegroom
7:00 pm
Great and Holy Tuesday
April 23rd
The Third Service of the Bridegroom
The Hymn of St. Kassiani
7:00 pm
Great and Holy Wednesday
April 24th
 The Sacrament of Anointing
3:00 pm  and 7:00 pm.
Great and Holy Thursday
April 25th
The Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – 10:00 am
The Washing of Feet – 11:30 am
The Service of the Twelve Gospels – 7:00 pm
Great and Holy Friday
April 26th
The Royal Hours – 10:00 am
The Descent from the Cross – 3:00 pm
The Lamentations before the Tomb – 7:00 pm
Great and Holy Saturday
April 27th
The Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great – 10:00 am
The Canon of the Resurrection – 9:00 pm
The Chrismation of Catechumens – 9:30 pm
Pascha – the Resurrection Service – 10:00 pm
Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom – 11:00 pm
The Holy Pascha of Our Lord
April 28th
 Vespers of Love – 12:00 noon

Events

  • Sunday, April 7, 12:00 pm
    Presentation and Luncheon to support Isaiah House

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  • April 13 – 14
    Hunger Strike

    Register here

  • Friday, April 26, 2019  1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Great and Holy Friday Youth Retreat for Ages 4 through High School
    Online Registration

“Love one another”
John 13:34
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Matthew 16:24
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1.1

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The Fruits of True Prayer
Prayer is doxology, praise, thanksgiving, confession, supplication and intercession to God. "When I prayed I was new," wrote a great theologian of Christian antiquity, "but when I stopped praying I became old." Prayer is the way to renewal and spiritual life. Prayer is aliveness to God. Prayer is strength, refreshment, and joy. Through the grace of God and our disciplined efforts prayer lifts us up from our isolation to a conscious, loving communion with God in which everything is experienced in a new light. Prayer becomes a personal dialogue with God, a spiritual breathing of the soul, a foretaste of the bliss of God's kingdom.

As we pray deeply within our hearts we grow in prayer. By the grace of God we suddenly catch a glimpse of the miracle of the presence of the Holy Spirit working within us. At first it is only a spark but later it becomes a flame freeing and energizing our whole being. To experience the fire of God's holy love, to give it space within us to do its cleansing and healing work as a breath of the Holy Spirit, and to use it as light and power for daily living -- such are the goals as well as the fruits of true prayer.
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