About Our Parish
St. Stephen Orthodox Church of Sacramento
Founded in February 2006, and has been growing ever since. In August of 2010, The Vicariate for Palestinian & Jordanian Christian Orthodox Communities in America ordained Rev. Fr. Romanos Khoury to be the presiding priest of the Sacramento region. Since then, St. Stephen Orthodox Church has moved into a permanent location right in the center of the Sacramento area in Rancho Cordova. St. Stephen Orthodox Church is an open community accepting people of all nationalities who want to further their spiritual life and learn more about Orthodoxy. Our church hosts many events, and has services in both English and Arabic for all of the major religious holidays,
St. Stephen follows the Julian Old Calendar in its liturgical celebrations. in which we welcome all of you to join us.
Vicariate for the Palestinian / Jordanian Orthodox Christian Communities
After a long process that began in 1993, related to the ecclesiastical status of a portion of the Palestinian and Jordanian communities in the USA (the portion connected to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem), there was a final agreed decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem concerning these communities. The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Jerusalem Patriarchate agreed that the canonical and pastoral supervision of these communities and their clergy would belong to the canonically established jurisdiction in the United States which is the Eparchy of the Ecumenical Throne in America, that is, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The agreement was signed in Jerusalem on February 28, 2007. Archbishop Demetrios of America was the senior representative for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and signed on its behalf.
The process of implementation continued through 2008, when His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem met at the Ecumenical Patriarchate and concluded final details, including the creation of the Vicariate for Palestinian/Jordanian Christian Orthodox Communities in the USA. Following the meeting at the Phanar, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America was directed to proceed with the implementation of the agreements by the creation of a Vicariate for the clergy and communities within the Archdiocese of America. The clergy and communities of the Vicariate will be directly under the Archbishop of America and will report to the Archdiocese through the Archiepiscopal Vicar.
Vespers Saturday's at: 4:00 p.m.,Matins every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. & Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 a.m.
We welcome you to come and experience our rich and beautiful Divine Liturgy.