Saint George

Saint George
Antiochian Orthodox
Christian Church

Portland, Oregon

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.

Visitor Info

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.


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

General Info:

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:

Father Alban's phone number is: 503 313 3575

Father George Saada's phone number is 440 493 9385

Deacon Dionysius Seib's phone number: 503 929 5121

Deacon Steven Bambakidis's phone number 971 217 5742

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Being called an Orthodox Christian is tremendously humbling and at the same time joyful thing, beyond description. We find ourselves experiencing the life of the Church, a life that brings us spiritual growth, comfort,faith, and hope. It is natural that we should desire to see this life grow and flourish in our city, and that we should be determined to be good stewards of what we have received from God.

This section is dedicated to helping our parishioners discover ways to build the parish, spiritually and financially. How does one become a full member of the parish? What is expected of our membership?

A Letter From Father George

December 14, 2017
Read it in Arabic

To my beloved parishioners of St. George,

As we prepare to Celebrate our Lord’s Nativity. I greet you and wish you a Merry Christmas.

I would like to thank you, on behalf of myself, Khouria Hanan, and my children, Saba, Christina, and Stephan for welcoming us into the wonderful and loving community of St. George. We are very happy and excited to be here, and we look forward to serving you. We will pray for you daily, and we ask for your prayers as well.

My desire is to visit you and get to know each of you and your families and to always be there for you to share in your joys and sorrows. I want you to know that I love you all dearly, and that whether you are Arabic-speaking only, English-speaking only, or come from a Middle Eastern family but do not speak Arabic. I am here for you and I love you the same. I promise to try my best to learn English as quickly as I can. I appreciate your patience with me and ask you to help me to learn as well. I have enrolled in an English class to speed up the process. Kh. Hanan and the children speak English and will help me as well.

You are welcome to call me at (440) 493-9385. Kh. Hanan can be reached at (440) 390-2765. Whether you would like your house blessed, you need prayers and/or Holy Unction for someone in your family who is sick, need a hospital visit, or have any other need, please do not hesitate to call on me. Also, if you have a family member who you think would like a visit from me, please let me know. Likewise, you are always welcome at our home; it would be our pleasure and honor to have you with us.

In conclusion, I am here to serve All of you, from the very young to the very old, from the Arabic-speaking members to the English-speaking members. Together, we are the body of Christ. I do not want to see any division within our community, and will work tirelessly to make sure we work together in love and unity. I also believe that, within a community, there are always great God-given talents possessed by each person to be used for God’s glory. For this reason, I would like to ask to complete the attached questionnaire in order to help me know a little bit about you and your family as well as to understand what ministries of the church you might be interested in helping with and what I can do to better serve you.

“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Thank you,again, for your warmth, generosity and welcoming spirit. We truly appreciate all you have done for us. Please keep us in your prayers.

Love in Christ,

Father George Saada