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

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)


At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * “You have come, and You have appeared , O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The purpose of the advent of the Saviour, when He gave us His life-giving commandments as purifying remedies in our passionate state, was to cleanse the soul from the damage done by the first transgression and bring it back to its original state. What medicines are for a sick body, that the commandments are for the passionate soul.

St. Isaac of Syria