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Wisdom

Guard Yourself

You who are in the world, dear friend, must guard yourself even more than those who are in the desert. St. Basil wrote to someone living in the world the following advice: “Do not relax your efforts because you are in the world. In fact you are in need of greater efforts and more vigilance to achieve salvation. After all you have chosen to live in the midst of all the pitfalls and in the very stronghold of the sinful powers. You have before you constantly the instigations of sins and day and night all of your senses are being attacked by their evil desires.”

…The attacks are coming from all directions. And the causes of sin are all around you. While they stand afar off from the precipice, you are at its very edge. That great luminary of spiritual discretion, St. Poimen, once said: “Those who live far away from the world are like those who are far from a precipice and, whenever they are misled by the devil, before they reach the edge, they call upon God who comes to save them. Those who live in the world, however, are like those who are near the precipice and when the devil draws them toward it, they have no time to call upon God and be saved but fall directly into the abyss.”

…This is the reason why you want to use all your energy to protect your senses from coming into contact with sin. As it is impossible for a house not to be darkened by smoke entering from the outside, it is similarly impossible for a man not to be harmed when he is not careful to guard his senses, but rather opens them without restraint, allowing all manner of passionate images to enter the soul. The wise St. Syngletike said, “Even when we do not want it, the thieves will enter through the senses. For how is it possible for a house not be darkened by the smoke entering from outside through the doors and windows that have been left opened?”

†St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
Excerpts from: A Handbook of Spiritual Counsel, p.138

Upcoming Events
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Parking Lot Maintenance - September 26th - 30th - 09/30/22

The parking lot will be closed until Friday this week for resealing and striping. If access to the Church is needed, please contact Father to make arrangements.


Other Announcements
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Email Scam - 09/25/22

Someone is trying to impersonate Father using a fake email address with “rev” in it. The emails he uses for ministry are frsilouan@stmichaelsdelaware.org and frsilouanburns@gmail.com. Any request for money or funds will always be through the Church.


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October Calendar Is Available - 09/25/22

The October calendar is now available.  Take note of the change-up in “Tuesday” Vespers services.  Two liturgies have been added for October. There are two significant saints celebrated, so the "Tuesday" Vespers has been moved to match with the eve of those days.


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Thank You Letter from Archbishop MARK - 09/25/22

Archbishop MARK has sent us a thank you letter for the donations we have made to the diocese. The letter will be available in the Narthex.


Reader Schedule

 

Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Oct 2 Skomorucha Vojacsek Carey
Oct 9 George Long Burns
Oct 16 D'Orazio Stultz Wales

 

Service Schedule

 

Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Sep 25 Najemy / Bisrat Bunitsky / Morjana Hines
Oct 2 Diehl / Kendall Riley / Riley D. Peck / O. Long
Oct 9 Baldychev / Elena / Minnich Hojnicki / Najemy Clause / Whalen
Oct 16 Long / Pacienza Telep / Baldychev Skomorucha / Ashton / Wojciechowski

 

Adult Altar Servers

 

Date Servers
Oct 2 Jones / Ricks
Oct 9 Burns / Sullivan
Oct 16 Crozier / Jones
Oct 23 Ricks / Sullivan
Oct 30 Burns / Jones
Nov 6 Crozier / Ricks
Nov 13 Jones / Sullivan
Nov 20 Burns / Ricks
Nov 27 Crozier / Sullivan

 

News from the Orthodox Church in America

Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Calls for Prayer for Those Facing Hurricane...
28 Sep 2022 at 1:04pm


Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022

Concert in Honor of 10th Anniversary of the Primatial Election of His Beatitu...
27 Sep 2022 at 10:42am


Monday, 26 Sep 2022

Metropolitan Tikhon Issues Letter on Inaugural “Church Musician Sunday”
26 Sep 2022 at 1:56pm


Thursday, 22 Sep 2022

Inaugural “Church Musician Sunday” to be held Sunday, October 2
22 Sep 2022 at 2:19pm


Tuesday, 20 Sep 2022

Recordings of 20th AAC Plenary Sessions Now Available
20 Sep 2022 at 7:32am


Monday, 19 Sep 2022

Metropolitan Tikhon represented at the enthronement of His Eminence Metropoli...
19 Sep 2022 at 8:22pm


Wednesday, 14 Sep 2022

Pastoral Changes for July and August 2022 released
14 Sep 2022 at 2:39pm


Monday, 12 Sep 2022

Premiere Concert Performance for Archdiocesan Choir of Washington, D.C.
12 Sep 2022 at 2:00pm


Sunday, 11 Sep 2022

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Offers Condolences for the Repose of Her Ma...
11 Sep 2022 at 8:53pm


Friday, 9 Sep 2022

Office of Pastoral Life to hold September Synaxis Clergy Online Event
9 Sep 2022 at 7:48am


A Look Ahead
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This Week's Schedule
10/02/22

Monday, September 26th

through Friday, September 30th

Sealing and Restriping of the Parking Lot

No parking available at the church building

No Tuesday Vespers or Church Open time this week.

 

Saturday, October 1st

Wedding of Enoch and Lily

at 11:00 a.m.

† Reception now in

the Fellowship Hall †

Great Vespers

at 6:00 p.m.

† New Time †

(streamed online)

followed by

Confessions

 

Sunday, October 2nd

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
11/08/22

Arch-pastoral Visit

by His Eminence, Archbishop MARK

Saturday, October 22nd

and Sunday, October 23rd

 

Patronal Feast:

Holy Archangel Michael

Tuesday, November 8th

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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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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware
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