St. Matthew Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

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Welcome to Our Parish!

St. Matthew is a pan-orthodox congregation. What does that mean? We have many members who are of Middle Eastern descent. But we also have members who are of Russian, Romanian, Egyptian, Greek and Ethiopian background. In addition, we have many who are converts to Orthodoxy.
In order to serve such a diverse community, all our services are in English.

If you have any questions about our church, or about Eastern Orthodoxy, feel free to contact Fr. George (Aquaro)

Regular services are held Sunday (Orthos and Divine Liturgy) and Saturday (Vespers)
The times of these services and other special services can be found here.

We are located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles county. We are close to both the 110 Harbor Freeway and the 405 San Diego Freeway. Get directions.

 

What's Going On

The weekly service schedule can be found in our Services and Activities section.

For a detailed look, please see our Master Calendar.

 Hot Meals for the Homeless

2nd Saturday of each month
This is an ongoing chance to help others less fortunate then ourselves. It is a meal provided once a month at Walteria United Methodist Church in Torrance.
We welcome Alexander Ramirez as the new head of St. Matthew's part in this ministry.
Contact Theresa for time, directions, or any other information. 

House Blessings

If you would like Fr. George to bless your home (house, condo, apartment, etc), please contact him.
For a description of what to expect during the house blessing, please go to our
 Activities and Ministries page. 

Who is St. Matthew?

St. Matthew was the son of Alpheus. From the Hebrew his name means the Gift of Jehovah. He was also known as Levi the Publican, a tax collector for the government of Rome in the Judean town of Capernaum.

St. Matthew wrote the first book of the New Testament, the Gospel According to Saint Matthew. Here he wrote of the coming of Our Lord, the birth of Jesus Christ, the years of His preaching, the story of the Sermon on the Mount and the Passion and Resurrection. It is known that St. Matthew wrote the Gospel in the last quarter of the first century.

St. Irenaeus and St. Clement of Alexandria tell us that after Our Lords Ascension, St. Matthew preached the Gospel in Judea for fifteen years. Tradition says he also preached in Persia and Ethiopia and stories of his martyrdom exist.

Troparion for St. Matthew
You did hear the divine voice and received the light of faith, abandoning the office of publican. You proclaimed the Good News of the ineffable Kenosis of Christ, O Apostle Matthew and now you intercede that they who praise you be granted forgiveness of offenses and great mercy.

Feast Day November 16

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