St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Orthodox Church in America
2300 W. Huntington Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 • (302) 283-9335

On the feast of St. Andrew (November 30) we begin to sing the pre-Christmas Idiomela:

Dance, Isaiah! Receive the word of God! Prophesy to the Maiden Mary that the bush shall burn with the light of the Godhead, yet shall not be consumed. Prepare, O Bethlehem! Open your gates, O Eden! Come, O Magi, make your journey to behold salvation wrapped and laid in a manger, whom the Star above the cave reveals as the Lord, the giver of life, who saves our race.

(Vespers of the Feast of St. Andrew, Theotokion of the Stichera)

Bethlehem, welcome the Mother City of God; for she has come to give birth in you to the light that never sets. You angels, marvel in heaven! People, give glory on earth! Magi from Persia, bring your three glorious gifts! Shepherds abiding in the fields, sing the thrice-holy hymn! Let everything that has breath praise the Maker of all!

(Matins of the Feast of St. Andrew, Theotokion of the Praises)

Excerpts from: Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ’s Birth
by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

Upcoming Events
Akathist Hymn - Moved to December 2nd - 12/03/2021

The Akathist Hymn originally scheduled for Friday, December 3rd has been moved Thursday, December 2nd.  The time is still 6:00 p.m.  I will be available for confession as well.

St Barbara's Day - December 5th - 12/07/2021

We will have our traditional celebration during coffee hour on December 5th. The children of the parish should bring their costumes to change into after liturgy. Adults, please bring a bag of treats to hand out. Additionally, a volunteer to tell the story of St. Barbara to the children is needed and an older man willing to play the role of St. Nicholas (Feastday on 12/6) is needed as well. Please contact Elizabeth Clause ASAP.

Sign-Up Sheets for 2022 - 12/07/2021

How will you use your time and talents for the Church? Sign-up sheets to host fellowship-hour, clean the facilities, service-duty, and to help bake prosphora are now available.

Also, please email Fr Silouan directly ( if you would like to be a part of the Gardening / Outdoor Beautification group or the Nursing Home / Homebound Outreach.

Annual All-Parish Meeting Resumes - December 12th - 12/12/2021

The Annual All-Parish Meeting will resume on December 12th during Fellowship Hour so we can discuss the renovations and finalize our plan. 

Foundations Class - Sundays - 01/02/2022

We are holding a class on the foundations of the Orthodox faith.  It is being held Sunday mornings in the sanctuary during church school time (at the ringing of the bell). 

There will be no Foundations Class on Sunday, November 28th.  We will resume on Sunday, December 5th when Father Silouan will be teaching on The Church: Its Structure and How the Theotokos Is an Integral Part.

Other Announcements
Directory Update - 11/28/2021

Olga Maloney is managing our Google Docs directory and is looking to make sure it is as accurate as possible for 2022. Please let her know if you have had any change of address, phone number, or a new addition (with name & birthday). Email Olga at: and please be sure to copy me at

Charity Bag Collection - Now Through December 5th - 11/21/2021

This week through next Sunday we will finish up collecting goods for the Blessing Bags to give to the homeless and/or needy. Items can go in the box at the Fellowship Hall entrance and monetary donations to help purchase items for the bags can go in the collection plate (memo: Blessing Bags.)

The finished blessing bags will be available to parishioners (i.e. kept in cars) to give to a person in need.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Dec 5 Vojacsek Skomorucha Carey
Dec 12 D'Orazio Wojciechowski Lewis
Dec 19 Lewis George Lewis


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Nov 28 Whalen Sulpizi N. Carey
Dec 5 Grishin / Pacienza Hojnicki / Najemy Baldychev / Shatley / Sylvest
Dec 12 Wojciechowski / D'Orazio Telep / Baldychev Sulpizi
Dec 19 Clause Bunitsky / Morjana Riley


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Wednesday, 1 Dec 2021

Office of Pastoral Life to hold December Clergy Peer Learning Synaxis
1 Dec 2021 at 5:46am

Friday, 26 Nov 2021

His Grace Bishop Alexis Returns from Visit to Russia
26 Nov 2021 at 5:24am

Thursday, 25 Nov 2021

Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021

Giving Thanks for Saints: Activities from the Department of Christian Education
23 Nov 2021 at 12:17pm

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon welcomes His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion...
16 Nov 2021 at 6:13am

Monday, 15 Nov 2021

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, noted scholars lead enriching dialogues on Scr...
15 Nov 2021 at 2:12pm

Thursday, 11 Nov 2021

Pastoral Changes for August through October 2021 released
11 Nov 2021 at 11:38am

Friday, 5 Nov 2021

Stewards of the OCA Launch 2021 Annual Appeal
5 Nov 2021 at 11:20am

Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021

FOCA to Host Virtual Christmas Concert
3 Nov 2021 at 11:57am