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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
Tuesday
October 23
St. James (Iakovos) the Brother of God
Liturgy of St. James- 10:00 AM  (Morning Prayer, 9:00 AM)
Friday
October 26
St. Demetrios the Martyr
Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM  (Morning Prayer, 9:00 AM)
Sunday
October 28
Saint Paul the Apostle
Great Vespers and Blessing of the Five Loaves 5:00 PM
Family Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM
Monday
October 29
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM  (Morning Prayer, 9:00 AM)
Blessing of the Five Loaves 11:00 AM

Events

  • Saturday, October 6, 2019
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Men’s Retreat:  When Men Pray
    With George Papageorge

  • Friday, October 26, 2019 | 7:30 pm
    40th Anniversary Church Music Concert + Reception
    Website Link
  • Friday, November 9th 7-9 pm
    Saturday, November 10th 9 am -12:30 pm
    Called to be Free: the Freedom of Orthodoxy
    With Father Barnabas Powell

“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 Gospel Reading

At every Liturgy we read from one of the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all of which convey the life, teachings, crucifixion and resurrection from the dead of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, this Sunday, we begin a new series of readings from the Gospel of Luke the Evangelist. But, in addition, the Scriptures often speak of the Gospel and we sometimes forget that the Gospel itself is a message and not merely a collection of books: in fact, it is literally the most important message in all of history.

The word Gospel derives from the Old English “God-spell,” meaning in more modern English, “Good News.” It is a translation of the Greek word evangelion that is used in the New Testament and the Liturgy. In ancient times an evangelion was often a proclamation of victory in battle: a herald proclaimed the good news that the war was over, the emperor was victorious, the enemy had been defeated and the city and its people had been saved from calamity and certain destruction. It is a proclamation to be celebrated! One thinks of the relief and joy found in old photos on the faces of the men and women in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II.
For us, the Good News is that in Jesus Christ “the Word of God” (John 1:14) who is also “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 17:14), the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Acts 3:13), has become human and been victorious over sin, evil and death; having “died to sin once for all” (Romans 6:10) on the Cross and rising from the dead, He has delivered us from our mortality. Death, for us, has now become a Passover to what the Gospel of John calls “eternal life” (John 3:16).
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