Who We Are

Our parish belongs to the Christian church founded in Antioch, in the Roman province of Syria, by the Apostles Peter and Paul. As related in the book of Acts (Acts 11:26), it was there that believers in Christ were first called "Christians." In the centuries following, the Church of Antioch became one of the major patriarchates of the Orthodox Christian Church, serving the areas of Syria, Lebanon, and much of the Middle East.

This makes Saint George parish a remarkable place. The parish was founded in 1930 to serve the Arabic speaking community. Such a place might ordinarily remain an insulated ethnic enclave. Yet, due largely to big hearts and the compelling hospitality of the Arabic-speaking community, the church became a home for many English-speaking inquirers looking for the ancient faith.

Here we have a parish with traditional ancient worship, and yet the median age of our parishioners is (my guess) about 25 years of age. This is due to a large Sunday school, and young converts coming to know Christ. These days we also often welcome Orthodox Christians from Middle Eastern countries who have been forced to leave their homes due to the present troubles. Although the Divine Liturgy is served mostly in English, Arabic speakers will find enough familiar Arabic to feel at home.

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Weekly Schedule

Saturday Vespers 5pm, Confessions Follow

Sunday Matins 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am

The schedule above is the normal schedule throughout the year, no matter what season. During fasting seasons, such as Lent, and Advent, there will be added services. If these services do not appear on this page they will be on the Bulletin PDF.


The priests, deacons, and parishioners of Saint George parish welcome you to join with us in worshiping God. We encourage you to come and experience Orthodox Christian worship and hospitality. While we are more than happy to have you join your prayer with ours, please note that we understand the reception of Holy Communion to be the highest expression of our unity in the Orthodox faith. For this reason Holy Communion in the Body and Blood of Christ is only for members of the Orthodox Church who have prepared themselves by prayer, fasting, and periodic Confession. Everyone, however, is invited to partake of the blessed bread which will be offered at the end of the service and which may also be offered to you by one of your neighbors at Communion time as a sign of hospitality and blessing.

St George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
2101 NE 162nd Ave.
P.O. Box 20695
Portland, Oregon 97294

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Parish Info

Here is where you will find the weekly bulletin download with the information needed for special services, updates, fasting guidelines, and other information pertaining to the parish family.

Bulletin PDF


Saint George is a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

Our mailing address is:
Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
P.O. Box 20695
Portland, Oregon 97294

Father Alban's e-mail address is: fr.alban.west@gmail.com

Father Alban's phone number is: 503 313 3575

Father Edward Hillhouse's phone number: 503 591 8242

Deacon Dionysius Seib's phone number: 503 929 5121

Deacon Steven Bambakidis's phone number 971 217 5742

For Web related issues contact me, Barney Athanasius Blalock at: barney@bbdigital.net

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

The Clergy of St. George Parish

Middle East Festival 2016

Aug. 28 2016 -- Noon to 7pm

39th Annual
Middle East
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
2101 NE 162nd Avenue (2 blocks north of Halsey)

Church Tours throughout the afternoon

Evening Prayer (Vespers)
at 6:00 pm

Great Food!
Roasted lamb
Gyros & falafal sandwiches
Chicken kebabs
Meat & spinach pies
Arabic pastries
Sweets & coffee
Children’s Activities
Bouncy house
Face painting
(bookstore closes at 6pm)
Orthodox books
Music & Dance

KLIROS will perform two free mini concerts of Orthodox choral music at 2pm and 4pm Folk dancing—our youth will dance the dabke at 3pm and 5pm

Since the time of Christ there have been Christians in the Middle East. Come experience some of our traditions and our delicious food.

We welcome everyone to join us in celebrating our faith and heritage.