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Venerable Patapius of Thebes
Venerable Patapius of Thebes

Saint Patapios was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanity of this world, and so he went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to live in silence, people began coming to him for advice. To…

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Venerable Cyril, Abbot of Chelma Hill

Saint Cyril of Chelma Hill, Enlightener of the Chudian People, was born in the city of White Lake. He was tonsured at the monastery of Saint Anthony the Roman, where for six years he passed through various obediences. Then, after wandering through the wilderness for three years, he settled in a…

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Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Caesar, and Onesiphorus

Saints Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Caesar, Onesiphorus, Apostles of the 70 were chosen and sent by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself to preach. They were chosen some time after the selection of the Twelve Apostles (Luke 10:1-24). Saint Sosthenes, before accepting Christianity,…

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Martyr Anthusa at Rome

The Holy Martyr Anthusa, the wife of a Roman official, was baptized by Saint Ambrose of Milan (December 7). When the city prefect’s wife Sunilda suggested that Saint Anthusa be baptized by an Arian, she refused. So she was committed to the fire, and received the crown of martyrdom.

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362 Martyrs of Africa (62 Clergy and 300 Laypeople)

These faithful servants of Christ suffered martyrdom during the reign of Emperor Zeno (474-491). Guneric, the ruler of the Vandal Kingdom in North Africa, began a savage persecution of the Orthodox, at the instigation of the Arian bishops Cyril and Balinard─ôs. The faithful had gathered secretly…

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A Look Ahead
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This Week's Schedule
12/11/22

Monday, December 5th

Great Vespers with Litya and Anointing

at 6:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, December 6th

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Hours

at 9:10 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:30 a.m.

 

Thursday, December 8th

Church Open

from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 10th

December Panikhida

at 4:15 p.m.

Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.

(streamed online)

followed by

Confessions

 

Sunday, December 11th

Hours

at 8:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

(streamed online)

followed by

Fellowship

followed by

Church School

and

Foundations Class

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Important Dates
12/23/22

Thursday, December 15th

Akathist Hymn to the Nativity of Christ

 

Friday, December 23rd

Royal Hours of the Nativity

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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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Wilmington, Delaware
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