Although St. Paul Orthodox Christian Church is under the Patriarchate of Antioch (“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” – Acts 11:26) through the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, we are indeed a Pan-Orthodox community that worships the Master of the universe in the English language.
Our parish is a true “melting-pot” of Orthodox Christians from a wide-spectrum of backgrounds: 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).
St. Paul Church is committed to seeking first the Kingdom of God. In every action and decision, we strive to be transformed by the renewing of our mind in accordance with the Gospel. Rather than conforming to this world, we follow the faith of those that have come before us.
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). 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.
The Gospel of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, being the foundation of the Christian life, is not only to be studied and meditated upon but put into action. Orthodox Christians live each day striving to become a beacon of hope within the community, a refuge for all people, a light in this world. We seek to fulfill the Lord’s command to become the salt of the earth.
Want to know more? Contact Fr. Paul Girgis , pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Christian Church.