Visitor's Guide

Welcome
Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral is a parish of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North & South America. Saint Steven's is located at 1621 West Garvey Avenue in Alhambra, California.

Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral was established in May of 1946 to:

  • Gather God's people together in His Name to share a common Orthodox Christian Faith and hope based on the love of God.
  • Affirm the truth of Orthodox Christianity, belief and experience; proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
  • Perpetuate the cultural riches of the Serbian Orthodox people.

The vision of St. Steven's is that the Church is not a building or an edifice; nor is it an organization or an institution. The Church is, as St. John Chrysostom writes, "made up of the souls of human beings...that cannot be built by stone or mortar, but rather by the spiritual growth of its members into the full reality of Jesus Christ."

Cathedral Schedule

Vespers Saturdays and Feast Days 6:00 p.m.
Matins Sundays and Feast Days 9:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy Sundays &
Great Feast Days 10:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy Minor Feast Days 9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.

Sunday Christian Education Classes 11:15 a.m.

Fellowship Luncheon Sundays 12:00 Noon


Guest Guide ...
Upon entering the church, guests and parishioners are greeted and given the Weekly Sunday Bulletin which contains special prayers and Scripture Readings for that particular day, as well as parish announcements.

Service books are provided and are located at the back of each pew. The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, which is celebrated each Sunday morning, begins on page 89. During Lent the Liturgy of Saint Basil is celebrated and begins on page 134 of the Service Book.

Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion

For Orthodox Christians
Orthodox Christians fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when they receive Holy Communion in fulfillment of Christ's command to eat His body and drink His Blood. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted appropriately and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the church through the sacrament of Penance. A frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist is encouraged for all.

For other Christians

We welcome to this celebration of the Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions of Christianity that we cannot extend to them an invitation to receive Communion. Orthodox christians believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith, life and worship of the community. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist and for which we must all pray.

For those not receiving Communion

Those not receiving sacramental Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another. They are welcome to come for the blessing at the end of the liturgy.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy guests (including non-orthodox) are welcome to come to receive the church bread and kiss the cross if they wish.

Following the Divine Liturgy, all parishioners and guests are invited to the Social Hall for the regular Sunday Fellowship Luncheon which begins at 12:00 noon. More details below.

Orthodox Christian Studies
On Sunday mornings outside of lenten periods, there are lessons on the Orthodox Faith from 9:15 a.m until the beginning of the liturgy. Everyone is invited to participate in these "Questions and Answers on the Faith" sessions. Come early and learn more about our Holy Orthodox Christian Faith.

Sunday School for children PK-12
Regular classes for children and youth are held following the Liturgy on Sundays during the school year.

Fellowship Luncheon
Every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy at 12:00 noon there is a luncheon for all parishioners and visitors organized by our Women's Auxiliary. Lunch prices are as follows: $8.00 Adults, $3.00 children, Free (ages 2 & under)