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The Publican & the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (Gospel reading: Luke 18:10–14). On this and the following two Sundays, the theme is repentance. Repentance is the door through which we enter Lent, the starting-point of our journey to Pascha. And to repent signifies far more than self-pity or futile regret over things done in the past. The Greek term metanoia means ‘change of mind’: to repent is to be renewed, to be transformed in our inward viewpoint, to attain a fresh way of looking at our relationship to God and to others. The fault of the Pharisee is that he has no desire to change his outlook; he is complacent, self-satisfied, and so he allows no place for God to act within him. The Publican, on the other hand, truly longs for a ‘change of mind’: he is selfdissatisfied, ‘poor in spirit’, and where there is this saving self-dissatisfaction there is room for God to act. Unless we learn the secret of the Publican’s inward poverty, we shall not share in the Lenten springtime. The theme of the day can be summed up in a saying of the Desert Fathers: ‘Better a man who has sinned, if he knows that he has sinned and repents, than a man who has not sinned and thinks of himself as righteous.’

The Lenten Triodion, trans. Kallistos Ware with Mother Mary, The Service Books of the Orthodox Church, p.44

Upcoming Events
Fast Free Week This Week!

This week is a fast free week - a respite as we head towards Great Lent. Enjoy some meat and dairy on Wednesday and Friday.

Women's Group Begins - March 1st

A new women’s group is forming up! Anna (Susanne) DiDonato and Bisrat Gabriel will be leading it; it begins this Friday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. The first meeting will be at Anna DiDonato’s home, please bring a snack to share. Contact Anna for more information: susanne.didonato@gmail.com.

Other Announcements
Diaconal Program

This fall there will be a diaconal vocations program hosted at the cathedral in Philadelphia. If you have an interest in pursing the diaconate, please see Father.

Orthodox Tours

Please see the flyer at the entrance of the Fellowship Hall. You can also check out the Orthodox Tours website. The tours are lead by Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky, an OCA priest up in Binghamton, NY. 

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Reader Schedule


Date Matins Epistle
Mar 3 Burns Bergwall
Mar 10 Peck Stultz
Mar 17 Altschul Jones


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Feb 25

Long Sisters / Hill / Stoyanova / Kiflemariam

Hojnicki / Najemy Clause / Whalen
Mar 3

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

Telep / Baldychev Skomorucha / Plummer / Hines
Mar 10

Morjana / Hamwi / Najemy / Finlaw

Bunitsky / Morjana S. Peck
Mar 17

Diehl / Kendall / Koehler / Crozier

Riley / Riley Baldychev / Shatley‑Sylvest


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
Mar 3 Burns
Mar 10 Dautev
Mar 17 Jones


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A Look Ahead

This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, February 27th

Weekday Vespers & Fellowship

at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 29th

Adult Bible Study

at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 2nd

Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.

(live streamed)

followed by



Sunday, March 3rd


at 8:00 a.m.


Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

(live streamed)

followed by


followed by

Church School


Foundations Class


Important Dates

Sunday, March 17th

Cheesefare Sunday


Monday, March 25th

Great Feast: Annunciation of the Theotokos


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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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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