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
10th Sunday of Luke, Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria, Thomas the Righteous of Bithynia
Today's Scripture Readings
Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
LUKE 13:10-17
At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
Today's Thought

It is much better to think that our death will come sooner than the end of the world, rather than that the end of the world will come before our death.” – St. Seraphim of Sarov