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St. Seraphim of Sarov - On Fasting

Fasting means not only eating less often, it means that you should eat less. Likewise, it does not mean that you should only eat once, but that you should not eat as much. Foolish is the person who fasts, yet at the appointed dinner hour, gives himself over to physical, as well as mental, gluttony.

When deciding what to eat, be careful not to make your selection based only upon what tastes good and what does not. This kind of behavior is worthy only of animals and not of rational human beings. The reason we abstain from food which is pleasing to us is to tame our warring physical passions in order that our spiritual activity may not be impeded.

True fasting consists not only in overcoming the flesh, but in taking that piece of bread which you would like to eat yourself, and giving it instead to one who is hungry. Blessed are they that hunger, for they shall be filled.

Harry M. Boosalis, “Appendix B: The Spiritual Instructions of St. Seraphim,” in The Joy of the Holy: Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Orthodox Spiritual Life, p. 142.

Upcoming Events
Weekday Services - June 12th and 13th

This week we celebrate the Great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord! Great Vespers with Litya & Anointing will be Wednesday the 12th at 6:00 p.m., and the Divine Liturgy on Thursday the 13th is at 9:00 a.m. (Hours at 8:40 a.m.).  Note that there is a potluck after liturgy.

Adult Bible Study - June 13th

Please join Sdn Thaddeus as he leads a weekly Bible Study on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  We will begin at Luke 18:18.

Women's Fellowship - June 14th

The next women’s fellowship will be held on Friday, the 14th, at the Najemy’s at 7:00 p.m Check with Anna DiDonato, Bisrat Gabriel, or Laura Najemy for details.

Commemoration of the June Departed - June 15th

We will commemorate our June departed at the end of Great Vespers on Saturday the 15th. Father will send out an email midweek, please reply if you wish to add a name to the list.

Youth Events - June 15th

On Saturday, the 15th, the Youth Choir will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Youth Group will meet afterwards at 3:00 p.m.

Tice Baptism - June 15th, RSVP by June 10th

The Tice family is inviting the parish to Sophia’s baptism on Saturday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m. A celebratory meal will follow, but please RSVP by June 10th for the meal (see the emails Father sent.)

Parish Council - June 16th

The June parish council meeting is scheduled for Sunday the 16th following Fellowship Hour.

Father's Day Potluck - June 16th

Sunday the 16th is the Father’s Day potluck. The women will host the men.

Park Play Dates

We have four play days scheduled for this summer on Fridays from 9:00 am to approximately 1:00 p.m.:

  • June 21 at Can-Do Playground (Wilmington, DE)
  • July 12 at Battery Park (New Castle, DE)
  • July 26 at Lums Pond Playground (Bear, DE),
  • August 9 at Nichols Park (Landenberg, PA).

Elizabeth Clause and family are hosting on June 21st, July 26th and August 9th. The DiDonatos are hosting one on July 12th at Battery Park in New Castle. Interested in other dates or doing more? Feel free to organize a play date and let Father know.

Other Announcements
Reminder: Opt-in Email

Father Silouan uses an opt-in email service to send out his communications (such as the Weekend Update) to the parish.  This is a different service than the parish Listserv.

To sign up, click on “The Latest” in the menu above.  Then click on "Email Signup" which is the first item in the drop-down menu.

Reminder: Online Tithes & Offerings

Don’t forget you can give tithes and offerings online, including designated funds. There are two ways to do this.  First, you can use the green "Give" button on Father Silouan's "Weekend Update" emails.  Second, you can use the menu on this page.  Click on "The Latest," then click on "Church Connect."  Finally click on the blue "Give Online" button.

Reader Schedule


Date Matins Epistle
Jun 16 Jones Stultz
Jun 23 Skomorucha DiDonato
Jun 30 Burns Carey


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Jun 9

Diehl / Kendall / Koehler / Crozier

Riley / Riley Skomorucha / Plummer / Hines
Jun 16

Father's Day POTLUCK - Women host men

Najemy / Stultz S. Peck
Jun 23

Baldychev / Prior / Bergwall

Telep / Baldychev N. Carey
Jun 30

Shatley / Bunitsky / Davis / Ricks / Altschul

Bunitsky / Morjana Baldychev / Shatley‑Sylvest


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
Jun 16 DiDonato / Dautev / Davis
Jun 23 Davis / Jones
Jun 30 Jones / Crozier


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A Look Ahead

This Week's Schedule

Wednesday, June 12th

Great Vespers with Litya & Anointing

at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 13th


at 8:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy with Potluck Fellowship

at 9:00 a.m.


Adult Bible Study

at 7:00 p.m.


Friday, June 14th

Women's Fellowship

7:00 p.m. at the Najemy's


Saturday, June 15th

Baptism of Sophia Tice

at 10:00 a.m.


Youth Choir

at 2:30 p.m.

Youth Group

at 3:00 p.m.


Great Vespers and

Commemoration of June Departed

at 5:00 p.m.


followed by



Sunday, June 16th


at 8:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.


followed by

Father's Day Potluck

followed by

Parish Council


Important Dates

Sunday, June 23rd



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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware