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Wisdom

On Envy

     For envy is distress caused by your neighbor’s prosperity. Hence the jealous person is never free from anguish, never free from despair. Is your neighbor’s field fertile? Is his household thriving with all that contributes to a good life? Is the man never unhappy? All these things feed the illness and increase the pain of the jealous person. Thus he is no different from a naked man who is injured by everything. Is someone brave? In good shape? These things strike the jealous person. Is someone else better looking? Another blow for the jealous person. Does so-and-so stand above the pack by reason of the superior talents of his soul? Is he admired and esteemed for his prudence and ability to speak eloquently? Is another person rich, and greatly honored for his charitable donations and sharing with those in need, and highly praised by the recipients of his benefactions? All these things are blows and wounds, striking the very center of jealous person’s heart. 

     And what makes this illness unbearable is that the jealous person cannot divulge it. On the contrary, he hangs his head in shame, downcast, troubled, moaning, unnerved by this evil. But when asked about the cause of his suffering, he is embarrassed to disclose his affliction. “I am resentful and bitter. The goods of my friend aggravate me. I am depressed by the joy of my brother. I cannot bear the sight of others’ goods. Instead I turn the good fortune of my neighbors into affliction.” Now this is what he would say if he were willing to speak the truth. Since he chooses not to divulge any of this, in the depths of his heart he represses his illness, which slowly consumes his insides and eats him up.

†St. Basil the Great
On Christian Doctrine & Practice (Popular Patristics Series, “Homily on Humility,” p.133-134.)

Upcoming Events
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Family Promise - August 29th, August 30th and September 1st - 08/28/22

Volunteers are needed to cook or provide take-out for approximately two homeless families. You will deliver meals (no contact) to 2501 Milltown Rd (across from St. Michael’s) on Monday, August 29th, Tuesday, August 30th, or Thursday, September 1st, at 6:00pm. Please sign up on the poster board in the Narthex. Details will follow. See or call Maria (Sue) D’Orazio with any questions. Cell: (512)781‑5435 Email: suemariedorazio@gmail.com


Other Announcements
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Welcome Newly Illumined! - 08/07/22

On Saturday, August 6th we welcomed two new members to St. Michael's.  Photine (Celeste) Bond was welcomed into the Church by the sacrament of Chrismation.  Theophan (Mahcia) Davis was welcomed into the Church by the sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation.  May God grant health, happiness, and many blessed years to Photine and Theophan!


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REMINDER: Opt-In Email - 07/31/22

Just a reminder that Father Silouan's email announcements to the parish are sent from an opt-in email service.  If you don't sign up for the service, you will not receive the emails.  To sign up, click on "THE LATEST" in the menu at the top of this page.  Then click on "Email Signup" which is the first item in the drop-down menu.


Reader Schedule

 

Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Aug 21 Wojciechowski Peck Peck
Aug 28 Vojacsek Skomorucha Carey
Sep 4 Riley Riley Riley

 

Service Schedule

 

Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Aug 14 Pacienza Hojnicki / Najemy S. Peck
Aug 21 Clause / Burns Telep / Baldychev N. Carey
Aug 28 Emmelia P. / Jacquelyn P. Bunitsky / Morjana Baldychev / Shatley‑Sylvest
Sep 4 Riley / Hojnicki / Flynn Riley / Riley Plummer

 

Adult Altar Servers

 

Date Servers
Aug 14 Burns / Crozier
Aug 21 Crozier / Jones
Aug 28 Jones / Sullivan
Sep 4 Sullivan / Burns
Sep 11 Burns / Jones
Sep 18 Sullivan / Crozier

 

News from the Orthodox Church in America

Saturday, 13 Aug 2022

Pilgrimage in Alaska Celebrates Feast of Saint Herman
13 Aug 2022 at 8:46pm


Wednesday, 10 Aug 2022

Romanian Episcopate Sends Funds for Ukrainian Refugees
10 Aug 2022 at 12:55pm


Monday, 8 Aug 2022

Pastoral Changes for May and June 2022 released
8 Aug 2022 at 1:32pm


Saturday, 30 Jul 2022

The Exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum/Repository of the Orthodox Church i...
30 Jul 2022 at 2:57pm


Monday, 25 Jul 2022

Youth Presentation at the 20th All-American Council
25 Jul 2022 at 1:30pm


Friday, 22 Jul 2022

Fifth Plenary Session of the 20th AAC Completed
22 Jul 2022 at 2:54pm


Thursday, 21 Jul 2022

Fourth Plenary Session of the 20th AAC Completed
21 Jul 2022 at 5:33pm

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Presides at Divine Liturgy of 20th AAC
21 Jul 2022 at 2:46pm


Wednesday, 20 Jul 2022

Third Plenary Session of the 20th AAC Completed
20 Jul 2022 at 2:05pm


Tuesday, 19 Jul 2022

Second Plenary Session of the 20th AAC Completed
19 Jul 2022 at 4:34pm


A Look Ahead
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Important Dates
09/14/22

Great Feast:

The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

Divine Liturgy with Chrismation

Monday, August 15th

 

Great Feast:

Nativity of the Theotokos

Divine Liturgy with Chrismations

Thursday, September 8th

 

Great Feast:

Exaltation of the Precious Cross

Wednesday, September 14th

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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware
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