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Church Profile

Meeting Location
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725 Maze Blvd
Modesto, CA 95351
United States
Service Times
6PM Saturday: Great Vespers --- 9AM Sunday: Matins --------------- 10AM Sunday: Divine Liturgy
(209) 522-7800
Father Thomas Zell

Our Mission

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth
Saint James Orthodox Church aspires to be a growing, welcoming, complete expression of the unchanging Orthodox Faith, using our resources to show God’s love to all members of the greater Modesto community.



About Saint James Orthodox Church

What on earth is the Orthodox church? Come and see! Services are in English, and visitors are welcome. Worship is our ultimate priority. If you have never attended an Orthodox church, you will find that the worship is probably unlike anything you have experienced. Our worship has its roots in the Old Testament temple and synagogue. On most Sunday mornings we celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, written in the fourth century. The word “liturgy” literally means “the work of the people”. The people of God, led by the clergy, work together—reciting prayers, reading Scripture, and singing hymns. We believe that the Church is the fullness of Christ's body on earth. Worship—particularly sacramental worship—is the primary means by which the church manifests its wholeness and participates in the divine life. Worship is like a living icon: everything points to a heavenly reality: the vestments, icons, candles, incense, and prayers all manifest Christ’s presence in our midst. The heart of our worship is Holy Communion. We observe it every single Sunday and at other times as well. It is the highlight of our worship. Words alone cannot describe Orthodox worship. The best way to understand it is to come experience it for yourself.
Denomination / Affiliation: Orthodox
Service and Sermon Style: Liturgical
Average Age of Attendees: all-ages
Community Projects: 0-12
Primary Language: English


Church Ministries
Sunday School


The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. There is an unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles. Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ. Many of us are surprised to learn that for the first 1000 years of Christian history there was just one Church. In the eleventh century a disastrous split occurred between Orthodox East and the Roman Catholic West. But what Is the real difference? One writer has compared Orthodoxy to the faith of Rome and Protestantism in this basic fashion: Orthodoxy has maintained the New Testament tradition, whereas Rome has often added to it and Protestantism subtracted from it. In these and other matters, the Orthodox Church has steadfastly maintained the Apostolic Faith. She has avoided both the excesses of papal rule and of congregational independence. She understands the clergy as servants of Christ and His people and not as a special privileged class. She preserved the Apostles’ doctrine of the return of Christ at the end of the age, of the last judgement and eternal life, and continues to encourage her people to grow in Christ through union with Him. In a word, Orthodox Christianity has maintained the Faith “once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3)
Primary Bible Version Used: Multiple Versions Used
Baptism: Both
Communion Frequency: Weekly
Healing and Charismatic Gifts: Open But Cautious
Regularly Practice: Praying the Lord’s Prayer


Saint James Orthodox Church is a Orthodox Church located in Zip Code 95351.

Church Profile Manager: Mark Baker