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

“...The life of the parents is the only thing that makes good children. Parents should be very patient and ‘saint-like’ to their children. They should truly love their children. And the children will share this love! For the bad attitude of the children, the ones who are usually responsible for it are their parents themselves. The parents don’t help their children by lecturing them and repeating to them ‘advices’, or by making them obeying strict rules in order to impose discipline. If the parents do not become ‘saints’ and truly love their children and if they don’t struggle for it, then they make a huge mistake. With their wrong and/or negative attitude the parents convey to their children their negative feelings. Then their children become reactive and insecure not only to their home, but to the society as well...”

†St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (1906-1991)

“Parents always want their children to be happy, content, and thankful to them for all their work and sacrifice. So when they see their children in a bad mood and unthankful, they’re saddened. It’s the same with our Heavenly Father. He has given us everything, but we are unsatisfied and gloomy. Instead of thanksgiving and praising God for everything, we only express our thankfulness with our lips, and our hearts remain cold. Joy is thankfulness, and when we are joyful, that is the best expression of thanks we can offer the Lord, Who delivers us from sorrow and sin.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Upcoming Events
Parish Office Closed - July31st to August 14th - 08/14/2020

The parish office will be closed Friday, July 31st - Friday, August 14th. Father Barnabas and family will be taking some time away. For any parish emergencies or problems during this time please call Fr. Dn. James Carpenter (609) 202-4255 or Jeff Kendall (302) 420-6600. Thank you!

Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - August 15th - 08/15/2020

The feast commemorates her glorification and salvation in Jesus Christ. Fr. John Hopko says that, "the feast of the Dormition is the sign, the guarantee, and the celebration that Mary's fate is, the destiny of all those of "low estate" whose souls magnify the Lord, whose spirits rejoice in God the Saviour, whose lives are totally dedicated to hearing and keeping the Word of God which is given to men in Mary's child, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world." According to tradition, while in prayer, an angel appeared to the Theotokos telling her that she would leave this world. As a token and promise that her Son awaited, the angel gave her a branch with flowers from Eden. So on this day in honor of the greatest flower of womanhood, and the first to receive the promise of the awaiting kingdom, flowers are brought for blessing. We will celebrate this feast with Vespers on Friday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. and Divine Liturgy on Saturday, August 15th at 9:30 a.m. followed by the blessing of flowers and seed.

Dormition Fast and August Feast Days - 08/15/2020

The liturgical calendar once again, comes to its close in August with the fourth and final fasting season of the Church year along with two major feasts. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period begins on August 1st and peaks on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the great feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos. On August 6th, the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This feast commemorates our Lord's transfiguration before his disciples on Mt. Tabor. In His Transfiguration He reveals His glory to the disciples. In Him they (and we) now see for themselves the glory of God present in the person of Christ. Please plan to join us for these feasts as we make our way to the end of yet another liturgical year.

Other Announcements
Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Aug 16 Confession Prayers Lewis
Aug 23 Confession Prayers Carey
Aug 30 Confession Prayers Riley
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Aug 16 Online Coffee Hour Bunitsky / Morjana Baldychev / Shatley / Sylvest
Aug 23 Online Coffee Hour Riley / Riley Sulpizi


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