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Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

In today’s hymns at Vespers, the Mother of God is praised as “only created being to pass from earth to heaven in the flesh.”

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Translation of the Image “Not-Made-By-Hands” of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople, the Third “Feast of the Savior in August”
Translation of the Image “Not-Made-By-Hands” of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople, the Third “Feast of the Savior in August”

The Transfer of the Icon of our Lord Jesus Christ Not-Made-by-Hands from Edessa to Constantinople occurred in the year 944. Eusebius, in his History of the Church (I:13), relates that when the Savior was preaching, Abgar was the ruler of Edessa. He was stricken with leprosy all over his body.…

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Martyr Diomedes the Physician of Tarsus, in Cilicia
Martyr Diomedes the Physician of Tarsus, in Cilicia

The Martyr Diomedes was born in Cilician Tarsus. He was a physician, and a Christian, and he treated not only ills of the body but also of the soul. He enlightened many pagans with belief in Christ, and baptized them. The Church venerates him as a healer and mentions him during the Mystery of Holy…

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Venerable Cherimon (Chaeremon) of Egypt
Venerable Cherimon (Chaeremon) of Egypt

Saint Cherimon was an ascetic in Egypt in the Skete desert monastery, either at the end of the fourth century, or the beginning years of the fifth century. His name is remembered in the Lausiac History of Palladius and in the alphabetic Paterikon. His cave stood at a distance of 40 stadia from…

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Icon of the Mother of God of Saint Theodore
Icon of the Mother of God of Saint Theodore

Tradition ascribes a very ancient origin to this famous Icon. It is regarded as one of the icons painted by the Holy Evangelist Luke. It is not known by whom or when the Icon was brought to Russia, but at the beginning of the XII century it was kept in an old wooden chapel near the city of Kitezh.…

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Saint Anthony of Martkofeli
Saint Anthony of Martkofeli

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Martyr Christopher of Guria, Georgia
Martyr Christopher of Guria, Georgia

It is commonly believed that Saint Christopher Guruli was martyred, but little information exists about him to prove this. Christopher’s name has been preserved in the nation’s memory, and he is commemorated in the Church calendar. The Georgian ancestry of Holy Martyr Christopher is…

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Martyr Isaac of Karnu, Georgia

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Martyr Joseph of Karnu, Georgia

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Saint Joachim of Osogovo

Saint Joachim of Osogov was one of four great hermits of Bulgaria. He inspired hundreds and thousands of people to Christian asceticism by his ascetic efforts. He lived in the eleventh century, unknown by anyone, in a cave on a mountain of Osogov.

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Saint Roman of Banat

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Saint Eustathius of Serbia

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Saint Raphael of Banat

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Hieromartyr Νikόdēmos of Meteora

Hieromartyr Νikόdēmos of Meteora struggled in Thessaly, and suffered in the year 1551.

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New Martyr Stamatius of Volos

The New Martyr Stamatius was a native of the city of Volos, Thessaly. They accused him of accepting Islam, but he bravely confessed himself a Christian and was beheaded by the sword at Constantinople in 1680.

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Venerable Gerasimus the New Ascetic of Cephalonia
Venerable Gerasimus the New Ascetic of Cephalonia

Saint Gerasimus the New Ascetic of Cephalonia was born in the village of Trikkala in the Peloponessos. As a young adult, he became a monk on the island of Zakynthos. On the Holy Mountain he became a schemamonk and studied with the ascetics of Mt Athos. Receiving a blessing from the Elders, the monk…

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Saint Constantine Brancoveanu and those with him
Saint Constantine Brancoveanu and those with him

The holy Prince Constantine Brancoveanu, the son of Prince Matthew Basarab, was born in 1654. When his parents died, he was raised and educated by his uncle, Constantine Cantacuzino. When another uncle, Prince Serban Cantacuzino died on on October 19, 1688, Constantine was chosen to succeed him as…

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A Look Ahead
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Important Dates
09/14/22

Great Feast:

The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

Divine Liturgy with Chrismation

Monday, August 15th

 

Great Feast:

Nativity of the Theotokos

Divine Liturgy with Chrismations

Thursday, September 8th

 

Great Feast:

Exaltation of the Precious Cross

Wednesday, September 14th

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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Michael's is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Wilmington and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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