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On the Horizon: Great Lent

The very first announcement of Lent is made the Sunday on which the Gospel lesson about Zacchaeus (Lk. 19:1–10) is read. It is the story of a man who was too short to see Jesus but who desired so much to see Him that he climbed up a tree. Jesus responded to his desire and went to his house. Thus the theme of this first announcement is desire. Man follows his desire. One can even say that man is desire, and this fundamental psychological truth about human nature is acknowledged by the Gospel: “Where your treasure is,” says Christ, “there shall your heart be.” A strong desire overcomes the natural limitations of man; when he passionately desires something he does things of which “normally” he is incapable. Being “short,” he overcomes and transcends himself. The only question, therefore, is whether we desire the right things, whether the power of desire in us is aimed at the right goal, or whether—in the words of the existentialist atheist, Jean Paul Sartre—man is a “useless passion.”

Zacchaeus desired the “right thing”; he wanted to see and approach Christ. He is the first symbol of repentance, for repentance begins as the rediscovery of the deep nature of all desire: the desire for God and His righteousness, for the true life. Zacchaeus is “short” —petty, sinful and limited—yet his his desire overcomes all this. It “forces” Christ’s attention; it bring Christ to his home. Such, then, is the first announcement, the first invitation: ours is to desire that which is deepest and truest in ourselves, to acknowledge the thirst and hunger for the Absolute which is in us whether we know it or not, and which, when we deviate from it and turn our desires away, makes us indeed a “useless passion.” And if we desire deeply enough, strongly enough, Christ will respond.

Archpriest Alexander Schmemann
Great Lent, pp 17–18

Upcoming Events
Great Feast: The Presentation of the Lord - February 2nd - 02/02/23

There will be no Tuesday Vespers this week as we will have Great Vespers on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m.  Divine Liturgy will be on Thursday, February 2nd at 9:30 a.m. followed by a potluck. 

Ladies' Outing - February 3rd - 02/03/23

Out church women will be going country line dancing at The Grand on Friday, February 3rd, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. There is a $7 entrance fee.  See the email updates for the link to sign-up.  Please contact Elizabeth Clause for more details.

Annual All-Parish Meeting and Election of Trustees - February 5th - 02/05/23

Our annual all-parish meeting will be held on Sunday, February 5th, during Fellowship Hour. Additionally, we will have the election of corporate Trustees pursuant to Title 27, Section 101 of the Delaware State Code. Postings will be on the doors for the minimum 10 days required before our annual meeting. The Trustees to be voted on are:

  • Brian Burns (Fr. Silouan)
  • Richard Peck (Sbdn. Basil)
  • Susan Skomorucha

Please download and review the meeting packet before Sunday.  This will help speed up the meeting and save paper.  There will be a limited number of paper copies of the packet at the meeting.

Talent Show and Potluck - February 18th - 02/18/23

We will have a talent show and dinner on February 18th, at 5:00 p.m. Vespers will be moved up to 4:00 p.m. An email was sent out to the parish on January 17th. Please sign-up if you will be there. See Dan Peck with any questions.

Other Announcements
Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Feb 5 Altschul Skomorucha Wales
Feb 12 Stultz D'Orazio Carey
Feb 19 Vojacsek Altschul Peck


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Jan 29 Clause / Whalen / Mordasov / Jones Hojnicki / Najemy D. Peck / O. Long / S. Crozier
Feb 5 E. Peck / J. Peck / Tice / D. Peck Telep / Baldychev Koehler / Long
Feb 12 Riley / Hojnicki / Flynn / Reed Bunitsky / Morjana Clause / Whalen
Feb 19 Long Sisters / J. Burns / Beazley / Veres / Hill Riley / Riley Skomorucha / Ashton / Stultz


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
Feb 5 Mordasov / Sullivan
Feb 12 Burns / Crozier
Feb 19 Jones / Mordasov
Feb 26 Ricks / Sullivan
Mar 5 Burns / Jones
Mar 12 Crozier / Mordasov
Mar 19 Jones / Ricks
Mar 26 Mordasov / Sullivan


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A Look Ahead

This Week's Schedule


†   No Church Open Time This Week   †


Wednesday, February 1st

Great Vespers with Litya & Anointing

at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 2nd

Meeting of the Lord


at 9:10 a.m.

Divine Liturgy & Potluck

at 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, February 4th

Choir Rehearsal

at 3:30 p.m.

Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.

(streamed online)

followed by



Sunday, February 5th

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee


at 8:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

(streamed online)

followed by


followed by

Annual All-Parish Meeting


Important Dates

Sunday, February 19th

Meatfare Sunday


Sunday, February 26th

Cheesfare Sunday / Forgiveness Vespers


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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware