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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
Friday
June 29th
Sts. Peter and Paul
Morning Prayer 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am
Saturday
June 30th
The Holy Apostles
Morning Prayer 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am
Friday
July 20th
The Prophet Elijah
St. Maria of Paris
Morning Prayer 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am
Thursday
July 26th
St. Paraskeve the Martyr
Morning Prayer 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am
Friday
July 27th
St. Panteleimon the Martyr
Morning Prayer 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am
the veneration of the relic of St. Panteleimon at the conclusion of Liturgy – 11:15

Events

“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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St. John the Baptist (His memory is celebrated on January 7th, June 24th and August 29th)

Born in the hill country of Judea, John the Baptist was the son of elderly parents: Zechariah, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem and Elizabeth, a daughter of a priestly family and as well as a relative of Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus. The birth of his son had been announced to Zechariah by the Archangel Gabriel while he was serving as a priest in the Temple in Jerusalem by attending the altar of incense. This vision of the Archangel Gabriel was so powerful that Zechariah was struck dumb until after the birth of his son. At the circumcision of his newborn son, Zechariah named him John and in a song of praise to God predicted that John would become a prophet of God. John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus were born within six months of one another in towns within sight of each other. Mary and Joseph had come to Bethlehem for the census; the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth was below Mount Orah in Ein Karem, the “Gracious Spring.” It was in the year 28 AD that John began his public ministry as a prophet, preacher of repentance and teacher, emerging from the desert as a fierce ascetic, eating only locusts and wild honey and clothed in rough camel skins. John preached a baptism of repentance in the Jordan River for the forgiveness of sins as a way of preparing for the coming of the Christ (or Messiah). John gained many followers, including some – like Andrew, Peter's brother – who were later to become disciples of the Lord Jesus. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all see the ministry of John the Baptist as the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy of Isaiah about the coming of one of God’s prophets and messengers who would be like a voice crying in the wilderness, preparing the way for the coming of the Lord. And indeed, in the tradition of the Church, John the Baptist is known as the forerunner of Christ, the friend of the Bridegroom. Thrown into prison because of his criticism of King Herod Antipas' marriage to Herodias, who had been his brother Philip's wife, John was eventually beheaded by Herod in fulfillment of a promise he made to Salome, her daughter. In the Church we celebrate both the birth and death of John the Baptist: his birth on June 24th; and his beheading at the order of the king, Herod Antipas, on August 29th.
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