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The Testament of Joseph

The following is from an extra-biblical Jewish text written before the birth of Christ from the second century B.C. It illustrates how there was a pre-Christian belief in the virgin birth of a Messiah, who would redeem humanity - it should sound familiar, as it is quoted in the New Testament:

8 And I saw that a virgin was born from Judah, wearing a linen stole; and from her was born a spotless lamb. At his left there was something like a lion, and all the wild animals rushed against him, but the lamb conquered them, and destroyed them, trampling them underfoot. And I saw in the midst of the horns a certain virgin wearing a multicolored stole; from her came forth a lamb. Rushing from the left were all sorts of wild animals and reptiles, and the lamb conquered them. 9 And the angels and mankind and all the earth rejoiced over him. Because of him the bull rejoiced and the cow and the stags were also glad with them.

10 These things will take place in the last days. These things must take place in their appropriate time. 11 You, therefore, my children, keep the Lord’s commandments; honor Levi and Judah, because from their seed will arise the Lamb of God who will take away the sin of the world, and will save all the nations, as well as Israel. 12 For his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom which will not pass away. But my kingdom will come to an end among you, like a guard in an orchard who disappears at the end of the summer.

Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. 1 (New York; London: Yale University Press, 1983), pp 824-5.

Upcoming Events
Adult Bible Study - May 30th

Please join Sdn Thaddeus as he leads a weekly Bible Study on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  We will begin at Luke 16:19.

Other Announcements
Mother's Day - Thank You!

Thank you to all our men who made our Mother’s Day potluck a success and for serving and cleaning-up well.

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Reader Schedule


Date Matins Epistle
May 26 Wojceichowski Jones
Jun 2 Peck Burns
Jun 9 Altschul Wales


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
May 19

Long Sisters / Hill / Stoyanova / Kiflemariam

Najemy / Stultz Bunitsky / Davis / Koehler
May 26

M. Tsegay / B. Gabriel / DiDonato / Plumley / Plummer

Telep / Baldychev N. Carey
Jun 2

Morjana / Hamwi / Najemy / Finlaw

Bunitsky / Morjana Clause / Whalen
Jun 9

Diehl / Kendall / Koehler / Crozier

Riley / Riley Skomorucha / Plummer / Hines


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
May 26 DiDonato / Davis / Jones


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 24 May 2024

Clergy Wives Online Retreat to be held June 1
24 May 2024 at 1:43pm

Monday, 20 May 2024

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Announces the Retirement of Archpriest Chad Hatfield
20 May 2024 at 3:35pm

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Registration Opens for 2024 Parish Development Forum in Broadview Heights, OH
15 May 2024 at 2:36pm

Friday, 3 May 2024

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Consecrates Chrism
3 May 2024 at 1:43pm

Monday, 29 Apr 2024

Schedule Now Available for 2024 Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monas...
29 Apr 2024 at 9:18pm

Sunday, 28 Apr 2024

Friday, 26 Apr 2024

Widows of Clergy Online Retreat Scheduled Saturday, May 18
26 Apr 2024 at 6:35pm

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2024

Metropolitan Tikhon Makes Archpastoral Visits to St. Tikhon’s and St. Vladimi...
24 Apr 2024 at 1:37pm

Monday, 15 Apr 2024

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Visits New Skete and Holy Myrrhbearers Mona...
15 Apr 2024 at 8:40pm

Sunday, 14 Apr 2024

17th Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum to be held July 15-19
14 Apr 2024 at 5:08am

A Look Ahead

This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, May 21st

Vespers & Fellowship

at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 23rd

Adult Bible Study

at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, May 25th

Youth Choir

at 2:30 p.m.

Youth Group

at 3:00 p.m.

Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.


followed by



Sunday, May 26th


at 8:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.


followed by


followed by



Important Dates

Thursday, June 13th

The Ascension of Our Lord


The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Michael's is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Wilmington and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware