• St. Paisios Orthodox Church is a Mission Station of St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Thousand Palms, CA., a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. (Acts 11:26). www.antiochian.org

    Typically our services are led by Dn. Ambrose , a former Lutheran pastor who has been received into the Orthodox Church. Periodically, we are taught and our services are led by Fr. David Kruse, Pastor of St. Raphael Church, and Fr. John Finley, Missionary Priest with our Department of Missions and Evangelism. http://www.antiochian.org/ missions. Check our contact page for directions to services

    We are establishing a Christian Orthodox Church here in Yuma, bringing the faith and life of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church (aka The Original Church) to the Desert Southwest.

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 What on Earth is the Orthodox Church?  

Quite simply we are the unbroken continuation of the Church that was promised by Jesus, birthed at Pentecost and founded on the Apostles and Prophets with Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone.

Jesus Himself promised that He would build His Church and the gates of hades would not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18) We believe the words of Jesus that the Church He established, the Original Church, did not disappear, nor apostatize into false teachings (if She did, so much for Jesus’ promise) but still remains to this day. Historically, apostolically and theologically the Orthodox Church can trace Herself back in a direct and unbroken line to the Apostles.

The authority for His Church was given specifically to His chosen Apostles through the promise of Jesus, and the Original Church was given the entire Christian faith. “But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13) “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” (Jude 3)

The Orthodox Church continues to hold to, guard and teach the Apostolic Faith, that faith that was planted in the Church by the Apostles both orally and in writing. “So then, brother, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

We are not a denomination as we existed hundreds of years before there was any such innovation.

We are Catholic. While many understand the word Catholic means universal, it also speaks to universal internal agreement. As noted above we have not deviated from the Apostolic Faith, nor are we a later innovation based on someone’s personal interpretation of the Scriptures.

Your Bible came from us. It was the historical Church in Council that made the determination through the leading of the Holy Spirit what books were considered part of the Biblical Canon and which books were not.

We are Orthodox but not to be confused with Jewish Orthodox. Orthodox is the combination of two words. Ortho which means straight, correct, true and doxa which means worship or praise. Orthodox is often used to speak of right teaching or right doctrine. While many have come along over the centuries and have added to or taken away from the faith, we maintain the Apostolic Faith without adding to it, nor taking from it. Orthodox also speaks to our worship, which is a Biblical worship rooted in the Old Testament, and fulfilled in the New Testament as the Heavenly worship mentioned in such books as Hebrews and Revelation. Worship and prayer could be called the heart and soul of the Orthodox Church.

To sum this all up we are, quite simply, the Church of the Apostles, the New Testament Church who not only remains faithful to Her roots, but has continued uninterrupted for 2,000 years.

  •  Our venerable and God-bearing Father Paisios of Mount Athos or Paisios the New, of the Holy Mountain (July 25, 1924 – July 12, 1994), also known as Elder Paisios (Greek: Γέροντας Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης), was a monastic of Mount Athos. An ascetic, he was known by his visitors for his gentle manner and acceptance of those who came to receive his advice, counsel, and blessing. His words of counsel continue to be published. [1] Elder Paisios was canonized on January 13, 2015, by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.[1][2] The Church commemorates St. Paisios on July 12.

Upcoming Worship

Looking for a Christ-centered Church and Worship? Get to know the Original: Saturdays 5:00 p.m @ 8621 S Interstate 8 Frontage Rd, Yuma, AZ . 928-503-4018

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Saturday Evening : 5:00 PM

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8621 S Interstate 8 Frontage Rd
Yuma, AZ 85365
PP: (928)503-4018