St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Orthodox Church in America
2300 W. Huntington Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 • (302) 995-6775
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Thoughts for the Week
Wisdom From the Holy Fathers

"Our holy fathers hearkened to the Lord's words, 'Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, unchastity, thefts, perjuries, blasphemies; these are the things that defile a man' (Mt. 15:19-20); and they also hearkened to Him when He enjoins us to cleanse the inside of the cup so that the outside may also be clean (cf. Mt. 23:26). Hence they abandoned all other forms of spiritual labor and concentrated wholly on this one task of guarding the heart, convinced that through this practice they would also possess every other virtue, whereas without it no virtue could be firmly established. Some of the fathers have called this practice stillness of the heart, others attentiveness, others the guarding of the heart, others watchfulness and rebuttal, and others again the investigation of the thoughts and the guarding of the intellect. But all of them alike worked the earth of their own heart, and in this way they were fed on the divine manna (cf. Ex. 16:15)."

†St. Symeon the New Theologian
The Philokalia Vol. 4; pg. 71

"Our hope of obtaining that which we ask for during prayer is founded upon faith in God's mercy and bountifulness, for He is the God of mercy and bountifulness, and the Lover of men; therefore at that time it is useful to remind ourselves of former innumerable experiences of mercy and grace bestowed upon men (in Holy Writ and in the lives of the Saints) and upon ourselves. Besides this, in order that prayer may be effectual it is also necessary that those who pray should have already obtained that which they formerly asked for, and firmly believe this with their whole heart. We often receive through prayer that which we have asked for, especially when we pray for that which relates to the salvation of our soul; it is necessary to ascribe this directly to God and His grace, and not to chance. How can there possibly be any chance in the Kingdom of the Almighty God? Nothing can really happen without His will, as 'without Him was not anything made that hath been made.'"

†St. John of Kronstadt
My Life in Christ

"He who has no love cannot be called a Christian…The whole Gospel is summarized in compassion. And this secures immortality and eternal life to man."

†St. Justin Popovitch

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Choir Rehearsals - December 2nd and December 16th - 11/12/17

We will have choir rehearsals on the following Saturdays:
    December 2nd
    December 16th
The rehearsals begin at 3:30 PM. We meet in the choir loft at church. The rehearsals go on until the beginning of Vespers.

The Nativity Fast - November 15th through December 24th - 11/12/17

This is just a reminder that the Nativity Fast begins November 15th and continues until the Nativity of our Lord (December 25th). The celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Christ in the Orthodox Church is patterned after the celebration of the feast of the Lord’s Resurrection.  A fast of forty days precedes the feast, with special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Savior. Thus, on Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30th) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th) songs are sung to announce the coming birthday of the Lord:

Adorn yourself, O Cavern.

Make ready, O Manger.

O Shepherds and wise men, bring your gifts and bear witness.

For the Virgin is coming bearing Christ in her womb

(Vesperal Hymn of Saint Nicholas Day)

Other Announcements
St. Michael’s and Amazon Smile - 11/12/17

At this time of year, we begin buying gifts for our friends and family. This is just a reminder that if you purchase items from, St. Michael’s could benefit from your purchases. Amazon Smile will give St. Michael’s a small rebate for every purchase you make if you use the address below. This address is specific to St. Michael’s so it is easy to use. So far this year, we have received over $130. Just type the address into your web browser:

New In the Bookstore - 11/05/17

The book store now has the CD of the Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos, beautifully sung in Byzantine chant by three sisters, ages 11, 13, and 15 from Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Yakima, Washington. We have been singing this version on Wednesday nights. $12.00

News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 24 Nov 2017

St. Vladimir’s Seminary receives Ganister Grant to teach ‘Lost Art’
10 hours ago

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

“Lord, it is good to be here!”
22 Nov 2017 at 12:49pm

Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017

Metropolitan Tikhon presides at double celebration at NYC’s St. Nicholas Cath...
21 Nov 2017 at 2:41pm

Monday, 20 Nov 2017

Holy Synod of Bishops concludes Fall Session
20 Nov 2017 at 10:38am

Friday, 17 Nov 2017

November 19 is Steward Sunday:  Sharing our Treasures “for the life of t...
17 Nov 2017 at 11:36am

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017

Minutes, reports of Metropolitan Council Fall 2017 Session posted
16 Nov 2017 at 11:02am

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017

St. Vladimir’s Seminary seeks Academic Dean
15 Nov 2017 at 4:30pm

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

Metropolitan Tikhon opens Holy Synod Fall Session
14 Nov 2017 at 12:56pm

Monday, 13 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017 at 4:28pm

Many Years, Your Beatitude!
13 Nov 2017 at 11:35am


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