St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church has its doors open to all people seeking the truth and the fullness thereof. In a world of ever increasing confusion and blurred boundaries, we seek to be grounded, as The (Orthodox Christian) Church has been for the last 2,000 years, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Savior - Who is the TRUTH.
Although we are under the Patriarchate of Antioch ("And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" - Acts 11:26), we are indeed a Pan-Orthodox community that worships our sweetest Savior in the English language. St. Paul Church is a true "melting-pot" of Orthodox Christians - American converts, Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Greek, Romanian, Albanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, etc. all who "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 1:3).
For first time visitors to our site and our Church: You are welcome here.We are always ready to warmly embrace, with the love of Christ, any and all people.
We take seriously the words of our Savior, "Allow little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 19:14). As such, Christian children should be raised and involved in the Church. Children are part of the congregation, not separate, and therefore encouraged to attend the holy services to see, sing, touch, smell, taste, and learn through experience - not only through information in a classroom. We offer Christian Education in Sunday School after the Divine Liturgy each Sunday.
Tired, exhausted, fed-up, lost? Are you looking for answers? Do you thirst for the knowledge of the Truth? Come and See.
A Word About Communion (Holy Eucharist)
+Holy Communion - Why Only For The Eastern Orthodox Christian?+
Welcome to St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church. We are honored by your presence. It is our sincere desire that your participation today in the Divine Liturgy will draw you closer to Christ and His Church.
The Orthodox Church understands the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper, to be the paramount expression of Christian unity. While it is our deepest hope that Christendom will one day fulfill Christ’s desire for true unity among all those who claim His name (John 17:21), the unfortunate reality of our day is that the various segments of Christendom are not unified with the historic Orthodox faith. Since participation in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) expresses a unity with all the dogma, teachings, and practice of the Orthodox Church, it is obvious that non-Orthodox Christians (Catholic, Protestant, Oriental, etc.) do not receive Holy Communion but respect the official policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America (Additional information here)
Thank you for your understanding.
On that same note, all Eastern Orthodox Christians are called to prepare for the receiving of the Body and Blood of Christ through recent confession, prayer, and fasting from all food and drink approximately midnight the night before. Please speak with Fr. Paul if medical conditions preclude it.
Fr. Paul is available after the service, or by appointment, to answer questions you may have about any facet of the Orthodox Christian faith.
May God bless you.
Please contact Fr. Paul, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the St. Paul Church office (239.348.0828) for more information, questions, or to request a pastoral visit for anyone hospitalized, sick, suffering, or alone (Christian or not).
Weekly Service Schedule
Great Vespers – 6:00 PM
Fr. Paul is available to hear confessions after Great Vespers or by appointment.
3rd & 6th Hour 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
SAVE THE DATE
Lenten Women’s Retreat
Date: March 3, 2018
Location: St. Peter Orthodox Christian Mission
(24850 Old Forty One, Bonita Springs, FL. 34135)
Topic: The Theotokos: A Role Model for women in the 21st Century
Speakers: Fr. Hans Jacobse and Fr. Paul Girgis
-Official Schedule, Formal Invitation and Registration will follow in early February-
On July 1, 2017, Fr. Paul Girgis has officially become the new Pastor of St. Paul. May God grant him and his family Many Many Years!
"The Lord has become everything for you, and you must become everything for the Lord."
St. John of Kronstadt