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

Wisdom of the Holy Fathers

"You must not wage your Christian struggle with sermons and arguments, but with true secret love. When we argue, others react. When we love people, they are moved and we win them over. When we love, we think that we offer something to others, but in reality we are the first to benefit."
Elder Porphyry Bairaktaris the Kapsokalivite

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?
OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.
The Paradise of the Holy Fathers

"A certain monk told me that when he was very sick, his mother said to his father, 'How our little boy is suffering. I would gladly give myself to be cut up into pieces if that would ease his suffering.' Such is the love of God for people. He pitied people so much that he wanted to suffer for them, like their own mother, and even more. But no one can understand this great love without the grace of the Holy Spirit."
†St. Silouan the Athonite
Upcoming Events
Great Lent to Begin - 03/02/20

Just a reminder that our Lenten journey will begin with Forgiveness Vespers next Sunday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. All should make a sincere effort to begin the Lenten season with this service and the “Mutual rite of forgiveness”. On Forgiveness Sunday, we sing of Adam’s exile from paradise. We identify ourselves with Adam, lamenting our loss of the beauty, dignity and delight of our original creation, mourning our corruption in sin. We also hear on this day the Lord’s teaching about fasting and forgiveness, and we enter the season of the fast forgiving one another so that God will forgive us. "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses (Mt 6.14– 18).”

Basics of Orthodoxy Class - March 5th - April 9th - 03/03/20

We will be offering the basics of Orthodoxy class during the Lenten season on Thursday evenings during the Lenten season. The class will run for six weeks beginning March 5th at 8:00 p.m.  The class will be an excellent opportunity for those interested in becoming Catechumens or anyone interested in brushing up on their faith. Please See Fr. Barnabas or Thaddeus (Scott) Lewis is you have any questions.

Mission Vespers - March 8th through April 5th - 04/05/20





- Sunday of Orthodoxy 1st Sunday (March 08) Ss Peter and Paul, Wilmington 1406 Philadelphia Pike, 19809
- Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas 2nd Sunday (March 15) St Mark Church, Wrightstown 452 Durham Rd, 18940
- Sunday of the Precious Cross 3rd Sunday (March 22) Holy Trinity Church, Pottstown 1236 Juniper St, 19464
- Sunday of St. John of the Ladder 4th Sunday (March 29) St George Church, Upper Darby 8210 W. Chester Pike, 19082
- Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt 5th Sunday (April 05) St John Chrysostom, Philadelphia 237 N 17th Street, 19103

Other Announcements
Forty Day Club - 02/23/20

The “Forty Day Club” provides meals for families who have a newborn. This Spring Glory to God, we are experiencing a flood of new babies. For the first time, we will be providing meals for more than one family at a time! We really could use all the help we can get.  The process is simple: sign up to bring a meal to church on Sunday, and put it in the refrigerator. (Someone else delivers it.) The meal does not have to be fancy or gourmet; simple meals will do. This is a marvelous way for St. Michaels to nurture and care for each other. Please help us! See Juliana Bunitsky to be added to the list.

Fund raiser for Father John Zabinko - 01/19/20

St. Michael’s parish son, Archpriest John Zabinko, suffered a devastating stroke nearly 2 years ago. He continues to be wheelchair bound and transportation is a challenge. As a result, he has not been able to get out very often or get to church. A GoFundMe has been established asking for donations to help cover the cost of a “new” used handicap vehicle that has a ramp. A new Handicap vehicle is over $50,000 and a used is half that. Donations can be made online at

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Mar 1 Lewis Sulpizi Lewis
Mar 8 J. Peck Peck Peck
Mar 15 D'Orazio Bunitsky Carey
Mar 22 Lewis J. Peck Lewis
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner
Feb 23 C. Peck / Sulpizi / Skomorucha Bunitsky / Morjana Clause / Whalen
Mar 1 S. George / D'Orazio Riley / Riley Skomorucha / Lewis / M. Kiflemarian
Mar 8 Whalen / Clause / Gabriel Sulpizi S. Peck
Mar 15 Hamwi / Morjana Hojnicki / Najemy  N. Carey
Mar 22 Najemy / Kendall Telep / Baldychev Baldychev / Shatley / Sylvest


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 28 Feb 2020

Metropolitan Tikhon Participates in Executive Committee Meeting of the Assemb...
12 hours ago

Thursday, 27 Feb 2020

Pastoral Changes for December 2019; January 2020 released
27 Feb 2020 at 12:36pm

Sunday, 23 Feb 2020

Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Memorial Saturday in Washington D.C.
23 Feb 2020 at 7:57am

Friday, 21 Feb 2020

FOCA’s 94th National Convention to be held July 24th – 27th, 2020 in Minneapo...
21 Feb 2020 at 3:56pm

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

Metropolitan Tikhon Meets With Representatives of Serbian Orthodox Church
18 Feb 2020 at 8:51am

Saturday, 15 Feb 2020

In the News: Women’s Retreat in Eastern Pennsylvania; Music Workshops in Chic...
15 Feb 2020 at 8:54am

Friday, 14 Feb 2020

Updated Diptychs of the Orthodox Church in America Now Available
14 Feb 2020 at 7:36am

Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020

The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Andrei of Cleveland
12 Feb 2020 at 4:17am

Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

Archbishop Elpidophoros and Metropolitan Tikhon to Feed Those in Need
11 Feb 2020 at 11:40am

Thursday, 30 Jan 2020

Schedule of Services Announced for the Episcopal Ordination of Archimandrite ...
30 Jan 2020 at 7:19pm



Thursday, February 27th

Study Group

  at 10:00 a.m.


Friday, February 28th

Little Angels

  at 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, February 29th

Great Vespers

  at 5:00 p.m.

  followed by



Sunday, March 1st


  at 8:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

  at 9:00 a.m.

Forgiveness Vespers

  at 7:00 p.m.

Important Dates

Meatfare Sunday

Sunday, February 23rd


Cheesefare Sunday

Sunday, March 1st


Great Lent begins

Monday, March 2nd