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

"1. If the highest end of virtue is that which aims at the advancement of most, gentleness is the most lovely of all, which does not hurt even those whom it condemns, and usually renders those whom it condemns worthy of absolution. Moreover, it is the only virtue which has led to the increase of the Church which the Lord sought at the price of His own Blood, imitating the lovingkindness of heaven, and aiming at the redemption of all, seeks this end with a gentleness which the ears of men can endure, in presence of which their hearts do not sink, nor their spirits quail.
2. For he who endeavours to amend the faults of human weakness ought to bear this very weakness on his own shoulders, let it weigh upon himself, not cast it off. For we read that the Shepherd in the Gospel carried the weary sheep, and did not cast it off. And Solomon says: “Be not overmuch righteous;” for restraint should temper righteousness. For how shall he offer himself to you for healing whom you despise, who thinks that he will be an object of contempt, not of compassion, to his physician?"
†St. Ambrose of Milan
(337 AD - 397 AD)
On Repentance, Book I., Chapter I.
Upcoming Events
Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple - November 20th and 21st - 11/21/19

Several feasts are dedicated to the Mother of God commemorating and celebrating her life. Next Wednesday evening we will celebrate Her entrance in to the Temple. In this feast we encounter the holiness of Mary as a small child separated from the world, brought to live in the Temple a life set apart, consecrated, and in a state of intimacy with God. “A deep mystery covers the earthly life of the Most-Holy Theotokos from her childhood to her repose. Her life in the Jerusalem Temple was concealed. ‘If you were to ask me,’ said the Blessed Jerome,’ how the Most-Holy Virgin passed the time of her youth, I would answer that this is known only to God Himself and the Archangel Gabriel detailed to protect her.’”(TTWH) We will celebrate this feast with Vespers on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. and Divine Liturgy on Thursday, November 21st at 9:30 a.m.

Nativity Fast Begins - November 15th - 11/26/19

This is just a reminder that the Nativity Fast begins this week (November15th). The fast continues until the Nativity of our Lord (December 25th). The celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Christ in the Orthodox Church is patterned after the celebration of the feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. A fast of forty days precedes the feast, with special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Savior. Thus, on Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) songs are sung to announce the coming birthday of the Lord: ‘Adorn yourself, O Cavern. Make ready, O Manger. O Shepherds and wisemen, bring your gifts and bear witness. For the Virgin is coming bearing Christ in her womb’ (Vesperal Hymn of Saint Nicholas Day). Please try and make an effort!

Thanksgiving Molieben - November 28th - 11/28/19

Thanksgiving morning (November 28th) we will offer a Molieben of Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m. To be thankful (from the Greek eucharistia or thanksgiving) is a profound reality and a central practice of Orthodox Christians: “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good….” Join us!

Father Barnabas to Be Away - November 22nd - 29th - 11/29/19

The parish office will be closed November 22nd - November 29th. Next Saturday evening (November 23rd) Father Deacon James will offer the Reader’s Vespers and Sunday (November 24th) Father Gregory Dudash will offer the Divine Liturgy.

For any parish emergencies or problems please call Father Deacon James Carpenter (609) 202-4255 or Jeff Kendall (302) 420-6600. Thank you!

Archbishop MARK to Visit - December 1st - 12/01/19

His Eminence Archbishop MARK will be with us on Sunday December 1st to award Father Deacon James Carpenter the Double Orarion (orare means to pray). Deacon James celebrates the 5th anniversary of his ordination on Nov. 21st. We are thankful to God for Deacon James service to Christ’s Holy Altar and we look forward to Archbishop Mark’s visit. We will also have a special potluck luncheon following liturgy that day with a St. Barbara’s Day celebration. Join us!

Family Promise - December 2nd, 3rd, and 5th - 12/05/19

On December 2nd, 3rd and 5th we will cook/serve dinner to local homeless families at St. Philips Lutheran Church 5320 Limestone Rd, Wilmington DE 19808. Please sign up on Family Promise board in the narthex to share our bounty, compassion and love to our less fortunate neighbors. See Ellen Gundersen for details.

Other Announcements
Church Library - 11/10/19

Be sure to check out a book or DVD during the Nativity fast! Remember that continued education in our faith is necessary for effective and enduring discipleship and stewardship.

Coffee Hour / Service Duty / Church Cleaning Volunteers - 10/20/19

We are beginning to compile our 2020 stewardship lists for coffee hour, candle duty, and church cleaning. As Julianne Peck mentioned in her email, we are looking for new volunteers to sign up for coffee hour and also candle duty and church cleaning. There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex for any new volunteers. If you wish to work as a team, please identify it on the sheet. Also, let us know if there are any other changes to last year’s list as this will be used as our starting point. Thank you in advance for your service.

Amazon Smile - 10/20/19

At this time of year, as Nativity approaches, we begin buying gifts for our friends and family. This is just a reminder that if you purchase items from, St. Michael’s could benefit from your purchases. Amazon Smile will give St. Michael’s a small rebate for every purchase you make if you use the web address below. This address is specific to St. Michael’s, so it is easy to use. We have already been receiving benefits from this program. Just type the address into your web browser.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Nov 21 Entry of the Theotokos  
Nov 24 Skomorucha Sulpizi Lewis
Dec 1 J. Peck Peck Peck
Dec 8 D'Orazio (sub) Skomorucha (sub) Lewis (sub)
Dec 15 Sulpizi Skomorucha Carey
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Nov 17 Najemy / Kendall Riley / Riley Baldytchev / Shatley / Sylvest Gundersen
Nov 24 Pacienza / George / Grishin Sulpizi / Finck Suplizi Farrell
Dec 1 J. Peck / Weins Hojnicki / Souder Riley Skomorucha
Dec 8 Hojnicki / Flynn / Roberts Telep / Baldytchev Bunitsky / Finck Maloney
Dec 15 Gerassimakis / Bunitsky Bunitsky / Morjana Farrell Gundersen


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

Holy Synod concludes fall 2019 meeting
19 Nov 2019 at 12:32pm

Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019

Holy Synod Issues Anniversary Proclamation; Celebrates Seventh Anniversary of...
13 Nov 2019 at 3:56pm

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019

Holy Synod Elects Auxiliary Bishops
12 Nov 2019 at 4:09pm

Saturday, 9 Nov 2019

Treasurer’s report for first three quarters of 2019 released
9 Nov 2019 at 10:00am

Thursday, 7 Nov 2019

Holy Synod of Bishops’ Fall Session to open November 12
7 Nov 2019 at 11:55am

Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon welcomes Archbishop Elpidophoros to OCA Chancery
5 Nov 2019 at 11:04am

Saturday, 2 Nov 2019

OCA Represented at 800th Anniversary of Autocephaly Celebration of Serbian Or...
2 Nov 2019 at 3:36pm

Friday, 1 Nov 2019

Local Committee meets and reviews plans for the 20th All-American Council
1 Nov 2019 at 2:34pm

Wednesday, 30 Oct 2019

Metropolitan Requests Prayers for Victims of California Fires
30 Oct 2019 at 2:55pm

Friday, 25 Oct 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon issues Archpastoral Message for Steward Sunday
25 Oct 2019 at 7:50pm




Wednesday, November 20th

Eve of the Entrance of

the Theotokos Into the Temple

Great Vespers

at 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, November 21st

Entrance of the Theotokos

Into the Temple

Divine Liturgy

at 9:30 a.m.


Friday, November 22nd

Little Angels

at 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, November 23rd

Reader's Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 24th

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Archbishop MARK to Visit

Sunday, December 1st

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.