Welcome to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church!

14220 Elva Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone/fax: (408) 867-0628
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is part of the Orthodox Church in America, within the Diocese of the West, and belonging to the Pacific Central Deanery.
We are located near the Saratoga Village, on the West end of Silicon Valley. Our members commute from all over the valley to celebrate in worship together and enjoy Orthodox Christian fellowship.

We welcome all visitors, whether you are just passing through, or are new to the area, or are just curious about Orthodox Christianity. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Come and experience the ancient faith and worship in a vibrant living community with us!

Services in the Orthodox Home

In addition to the temple where we meet and worship on Saturday, Sunday, feast days and various other occasions, it is a part of normal Orthodox Christian life to have regular services in the home, usually in the “beautiful corner” set aside for such purposes. We all know about morning and evening prayers and house blessings, but there are other services that can be done in the home as “reader services”. Most of the services of the daily cycle can be done this way (except for the Divine Liturgy and other sacraments). In places without a priest, this has been a necessary means of keeping the life of the church going.

Many years ago, Alexey and Susan Young were new converts and pilgrims to the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery.  They were instructed to do reader services at home as they could, since they were not near a local parish.  They set up a storage shed in their backyard as a little chapel, and began to do the Ninth Hour, eventually adding Vespers. A curious neighbor happened to see them and commented:

“Every afternoon, I see you go into your shed for a while, and when you come out you look so peaceful.  What do you do in there?” to which Alexey replied, “Come and see!”.

Out of that little effort to do services in the home, and share it with others, a new Orthodox parish was born, and Alexey was eventually ordained a priest to serve there!

August is filled with important feast days such as Holy Transfiguration, Holy Dormition and St Herman of Alaska. There will be Vigil and Liturgy services for these feasts at St. Nicholas.   We will not be able to do the daily Paraklesis service, which is traditionally done during the evenings of the Dormition fast.  This is a good opportunity for you do this service at home as you can!

In order to make this easier, You will find the full service on this page that you can download and place on your tablet or phone. It is in PDF format.  Instructions in italics show you how to do this service as a “reader at home”.   If you know the tones, or have sung this with us at St. Nicholas in the past, you can sing it at home.  If you don’t know the melodies, you can simply chant it, singing only in your heart!



The Joyous Days of Feasts!


Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

St. Nicholas attendees had no sooner finished the grace filled days of Holy Week, Pascha and Bright Week, when it was time to celebrate our parish feast day! Most people are familiar with the celebration of St. Nicholas on December 6th – the day of his repose (the “winter” feast day). Less commonly known about and celebrated is the “spring” feast on May 9th, which commemorates the translation (e.g. moving) of his relics from Myra to Bari, Italy, where they reside and emit myrrh to this day!  While St. Nicholas has mostly become shrouded in legends and myths in the West, ala “Santa Claus”, His memory and the experience of his miracles is very much alive in the Orthodox church. For this reason, it is not surprising to visit Bari, and find large groups of Russians that have come to venerate St. Nicholas.

We were blessed on our feast day to have Archbishop Benjamin presiding at the festal liturgy, along with many visitors and clergy from nearby churches.  May the joy of these grace filled days overflow in all of our hearts!

Holy Week is upon us!

Troparion—Tone 8

Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight,
And blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching,
And again unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless.
Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep,
Lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.
But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O our God!
Through the Theotokos have mercy on us!

Read more about Great and Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.