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From Steps 5 & 6 of the Ladder:
Penitence & Remembrance of Death

Repentance is the renewal of baptism and is a contract with God for a fresh start in life. Repentance goes shopping for humility and is ever distrustful of bodily comfort. Repentance is critical awareness and a sure watch over oneself. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the refusal to despair. (The penitent stands guilty — but undisgraced.)

To be reminded of death each day is to die each day; to remember one’s departure from life is to provoke tears by the hour. Fear of death is a property of nature due to disobedience, but terror of death is a sign of unrepented sins. Christ is frightened of dying but not terrified, thereby clearly revealing the properties of His two natures.

†St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, The Classics of Western Spirituality, pp 121 & 132

Upcoming Events
Appointments - March 30th - 03/30/23

Father is available by appointment this Thursday, March 30th for confession or to chat from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Services This Week - 03/31/23

Note the various services this week - Lenten Vespers on Tuesday evening, Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday morning, Canon of St. Andrew & Life of St. Mary of Egypt on Wednesday evening, and the Akathist to the Theotokos on Friday evening. 

Mission Vespers - April 2nd - 04/02/23

We will be hosting Mission Vespers next Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.

A lot of help is needed. Please see the emails that have been sent thus far or speak with Alice Morjana or Madrecita Emilia.

Other Announcements
Holy Week Calendar Is Now Available - 03/26/23

Please check out the April calendar and note all the Holy Week services.

The sign-up sheets are now available in the Narthex for:

  • The Holy Friday Tomb Watch
  • The 15 Old Testament readings read during the Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy
  • The reading of the Book of Acts on Holy Saturday evening

Door of Hope - 03/05/23

Thank you to all who have donated!  There are some items that we still need:

  • Boys outfits
  • Girls onesies
  • Bibs
  • Hooded towels
  • Baby wash and lotion
  • Receiving blankets
  • Teethers

St Basil's Liturgy - 03/05/23

Please be reminded that we are celebrating St. Basil the Great’s liturgy today. If you follow along with one of the new service books, begin with the St. John Chrysostom liturgy section, but turn to page 81 when we begin the “Litany of the Catechumens” (when the catechumens go forward).

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Apr 2 Riley Riley Riley
Apr 9 D'Orazio Stultz Wales
Apr 16 N/A (Pascha) N/A (Pascha) Burns


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Mar 26 Shatley / Bunitsky / Davis / Ricks Hojnicki / Najemy N. Carey
Apr 2 Stultz / D'Orazio / Wojciechowski / Jankovic / Bachinsky  Telep / Baldychev Koehler / Long
Apr 9 Clause / Whalen / Mordasov / Jones Bunitsky / Morjana Clause / Whalen
Apr 16 PASCHA (Potluck) Riley / Riley Skomorucha / Ashton / Stultz


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
Apr 2 TBD


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Tuesday, 28 Mar 2023

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Issues Statement on Kyiv Caves Lavra
28 Mar 2023 at 1:32pm

Saturday, 25 Mar 2023

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Annunciation Services at St. Vla...
25 Mar 2023 at 3:42pm

Friday, 17 Mar 2023

Metropolitan Council meets for its Regular Spring 2023 Session
17 Mar 2023 at 8:32pm

Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023

Fr. Maximos Constas Announced as Guest Speaker at Fall 2023 Synaxis National ...
15 Mar 2023 at 7:48am

Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023

Office of Pastoral Life to Hold March Synaxis Clergy Online Event
14 Mar 2023 at 1:51pm

Wednesday, 8 Mar 2023

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Spends First Week of Lent at St. Tikhon’s M...
8 Mar 2023 at 7:40am

Thursday, 2 Mar 2023

Save the Date: Tenth Parish Development Forum to be Held as In-Person Confere...
2 Mar 2023 at 1:41pm

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2023

Holy Synod Issues Updated Clergy Guidelines
28 Feb 2023 at 7:49am

Friday, 24 Feb 2023

Thursday, 23 Feb 2023

New Publication from His Grace Bishop Alexei
23 Feb 2023 at 12:50pm

A Look Ahead

This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, March 28th

Lenten Vespers

at 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, March 29th

9th Hour & Typica

at 8:45 a.m.

Presanctified Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Canon of St. Andrew with the

life of St. Mary of Egypt

at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 30th

Appointments with Fr Silouan

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Altar Cleanup

at 7:00 p.m.


Friday, March 31st

Akathist to the

Most Holy Theotokos

at 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, April 1st

Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.

(streamed online)

followed by



Sunday, March 26th

Sunday of the

Venerable Mary of Egypt


at 8:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

(streamed online)

followed by


followed by

Church School


Important Dates

Saturday, April 8th

Lazarus Saturday


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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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware