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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
Wednesday
July 26th
Feast of Saint Paraskevi the Great Martyr
Morning prayer 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Thursday
July 27th
Feast of Saint Panteleimon
Morning prayer 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Veneration of his relic, 11:15 AM

Events

  • September 17, 2017
    Church School Resumes
    10:00 Family Worship 

  • August 1 – 15
    Fast in honor of the Dormition (Falling Asleep)
    of the Theotokos

“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 of Kronstadt (1829-1909) On Enmity and Love

Dislike, enmity or hatred should be unknown amongst Christians, even by name. How can dislike exist among Christians? Love calms and expands the heart and vivifies the heart; while hatred painfully contracts and disturbs it. God is love and I am an image of God. Therefore, I ought to be all love.

Everywhere a Christian sees love, everywhere you breathe the fragrance of love. Our God is the God of love. His Kingdom is the kingdom of love. Out of His love for us, God did not spare His only-begotten Son, but delivered Him up to die for our sake, to be “the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2) . In your home you see love in those around, for they are sealed in baptism and chrism with the cross of love and wear the cross; they also partake with you in Church of the “supper of love” (Jude 12). In Church there are symbols of love everywhere: crosses, the sign of the cross, the saints who were pleasing to God by their love for Him and for their neighbor and Incarnate Love Himself. In Heaven and upon the earth everywhere there is love. By my love for God and my neighbor I belong to Heaven. Love rests and causes the heart to rejoice, like God; while enmity kills the soul and body. And you must show love, always and everywhere. How can you not love when everywhere you hear love preached, when only the destroyer of mankind, the devil, is eternal enmity.

The God of love is unchangeable and we ought to be unchangeable and constant in our love. “Love never fails,” writes St. Paul (1 Corinthians 14:8), while dislike, hatred, indifference and neglect proceed from the devil.
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