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

“We ought to have the most lively spiritual union with the heavenly inhabitants, with all the saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, prelates, venerable and righteous men, as they are all members of one single body, The Church of Christ, to which we sinners also belong, and the living Head of which is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This is why we call upon them in prayer, converse with them, thank and praise them, It is urgently necessary for all Christians to be in union with them, if they desire to make Christian progress; for the saints are our friends, our guides to salvation, who pray and intercede for us.”

† St. John of Kronstadt
My Life in Christ

"When your faith in the Lord, either during your life and prosperity, or in the time of sickness and at the moment of quitting this life, grows weak, grows dim from worldly vanity or through illness, and from the terrors and darkness of death, then look with the mental eyes of your heart upon the companies of our forefathers, the patriarchs, prophets, and righteous ones:

"St. Simeon, who took the Lord up in his arms, Job, Anna the Prophetess, and others; the Apostles, prelates, venerable Fathers, martyrs, the disinterested, the righteous, and all the saints.

"See how, both during their earthly life and at the time of their departure from this life, they unceasingly looked to God and died in the hope of the resurrection and of the life eternal, and strive to imitate them.

"These living examples, which are so numerous, are capable to strengthen the wavering faith of every Christian in the Lord and in the future life.

"Those Christian communions who do not venerate the saints and do not call upon them in prayer lose much in piety and in Christian hope. They deprive themselves of the great strengthening of their faith by the examples of men like unto themselves."

† St. John of Kronstadt
My Life in Christ

Upcoming Events
Dormition Fast and August Feast Days - 07/16/17

The liturgical calendar comes to its close in August with the fourth and final fasting season of the Church year along with two major feasts. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period begins on August 1st and peaks on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the great feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Theotokos. On Aug 6th, the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This feast commemorates our Lord's transfiguration before his disciples on Mt. Tabor. In His Transfiguration He reveals His glory to the disciples. In Him they (and we) now see for themselves the glory of God present in the person of Christ.

Parish Pot Luck / Fellowship - August 6th - 07/16/17

We invite all to stick around for our next parish potluck and extended fellowship outside (weather permitting), Sunday August 6, 2017 (Transfiguration). This day we will
also be blessing of the “First Fruits”. We hope that during the Summer months we can extend our pot lucks to include some extended fellowship outdoors.

Other Announcements
News from the Orthodox Church in America

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017

Fourth Small Parish Forum attracts record number of participants
22 Jul 2017 at 8:00am

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017

SVOTS to host fourth annual Fr. John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture September 15
20 Jul 2017 at 6:00pm

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017

Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Paul concelebrate at Glorification of St. Mardari...
19 Jul 2017 at 2:21pm

Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017

“Atonement” theme of Eastern PA October lecture tour
18 Jul 2017 at 12:48pm

Monday, 17 Jul 2017

SVOTS seeks SVS Press Managing Director
17 Jul 2017 at 12:08pm

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017

Pastoral Changes for June 2017 released
16 Jul 2017 at 12:00pm

Friday, 14 Jul 2017

19th All-American Council web site goes “live”
14 Jul 2017 at 10:54am

Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017

July OCAreview available for downloading, parish distribution
12 Jul 2017 at 6:13pm

Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017

SVS Press releases “Building an Orthodox Marriage” by Antiochian Bishop John
11 Jul 2017 at 1:20pm

Monday, 10 Jul 2017

Planting Grant Missions:  Marking five years of growth in South Carolina
10 Jul 2017 at 11:18am

Parish Pot Luck

Sunday, August 6th. 

See the Parish News page for details on these and all other current announcements