AZ: Phoenix - 5

Metro Area: Phoenix (AZ)
St John of the Desert Melkite Church
3718 E Greenway Rd
Phone: 602-787-4787
Other: 602-284-0040 (Emergency Only)
Fax: 602-795-4752
Rite: Byzantine
Church sui iuris: Melkite Greek-Catholic
Canonical Jurisdiction(s):
Eparchy: Newton of the Melkites
Cemetery: This parish has dedicated space in a cemetery not its own


Schedule of Divine Services

Always call ahead to verify times




 Sunday  Doxology  10:20am
   Divine Liturgy

Mystery of Reconciliation

The Weekly Bulletin is available online

The Monthly Typicon is also available online & can be downloaded

Mailing Address: As Above
Sacramental Records: In custody of the parish



The exterior and interior photographs appear on the parish website and are used here with the kind permission of Father Peter Boutros, pastor of St John of the Desert

Semi-official Website links to a page maintained by the Eparchy


Status & Location Changes:
Formed in: 1983, meeting at St Stephen Byzantine (Ruthenian) Church, Phoenix
Other Date: 1984, placed under the patronage of St John the Forerunner
Mission established in: 1984, as St John of the Desert Eastern Catholic Mission
Relocated in: 1985, to meet at St Joan of Arc (Latin) Church, Phoenix
Relocated in: 1985, to meet at St Thomas (Latin) Church, Phoenix
Parish erected in: 1986, under the patronage of St John of the Desert
Relocated in: 1986, to its present site
This Entry Last Updated: 09/18/2013
Latitude: 33.626545
Longitude: -112.0015615
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Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The "principal characteristics" of the zealot according to knowledge are the following: "fervent love for God and neighbor, gentleness, religious tolerance, forbearance, graciousness of manner."