St. Matthew Orthodox Christian Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Torrance, CA

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St. Matthew Orthodox Christian Church
40th Anniversary Banquet


In 1983 the seeds were planted when faithful Orthodox Christians in the South Bay came together to establish the mission Church which would become the St. Matthew Orthodox Church we know today. Fueled by their love for Jesus Christ and a desire to make the Orthodox Christian Faith more accessable to Americans, the founders of St. Matthew invested much time and resources to get the mission off the ground and keep it moving forward.

This November, we invite you to join us in celebrating:

40 YEARS of Orthodox Faith,
40 YEARS of Christian Love,
40 Years of St. Matthew Orthodox Christian Church.

Join us in honoring our founders, both living and departed.

Join us in continuing the good work of our founders as we building on the foundation which they have laid.


1983 - 2023

St. Matthew Timeline

1983, November: Formal establishment of the South Bay Mission Station by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba)

1984, August: Rev. Father Paul Doyle appointed as Priest of the South Bay Mission Station

1984, December: The Holy Apostle & Evangelist Matthew declared Patron and Protector of the Mission

1987, November: His Grace Bishop ANTOUN blesses and dedicates Church property on Hickman Dr. in Torrance

1993, November: St. Matthew Mission official recognized as a "Parish"

1995, March: Purchase of current property at 2368 Sonoma St. in Torrance

1996, May: His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Consecrates Church Temple

1999, August: Rev. Father Simeon Corona assigned as Parish Priest of St. Matthew

2004, November: Blessing of New Iconostasis and celebration of 20th Anniversary

2006, October: Rev. Father George Aquaro assigned as Parish Priest of St. Matthew

2009, October: Celebration of 25th Anniversary

2016, December: Departure of this life of the founding pastor, Archimandrite Paul Doyle

2017, September: Rev. Father John Mahfouz assigned as Priest of St. Matthew

2023, November: Celebration of 40th Anniversary


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$50 Adults (12+) | $15 Children

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Today's Commemorations
3rd Thursday after Pascha, Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada, Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas
Today's Scripture Readings
In those days, an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth." And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?" And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he replied, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
JOHN 6:40-44
The Lord said to the Jews who believed in him: "This is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven." They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" Jesus answered them, "Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day."
Today's Thought

β€œIn order to fulfill the commandments of Christ, you must know them. They are expounded in the Gospels. Read the Holy Gospels, penetrate its spirit, make it the rule of your life, act in accord with the teachings of the Gospels. This is the one light in our life.” – St. Nikon of Optina