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The Resurrection

Furthermore, we also believe in the resurrection of the dead, for there really will be one, there will be a resurrection of the dead. Now, when we say resurrection, we mean a resurrection of bodies. For resurrection is a raising up again of one who has fallen. But, since souls are immortal, how shall they rise again? Well if death is defined as a separation of soul from body, the resurrection is the perfect rejoining of soul and body, and the raising up again of the dissolved and fallen animal. Therefore, the very body which is corrupted and dissolved will itself rise up incorruptible. For He who formed it in the beginning from the slime of the earth is not incapable of raising it up again after it has again been dissolved and returned to the earth whence it was taken by the decision of its Creator… …And so, with our souls again united to our bodies, which will have become incorrupt and put off corruption, we shall rise again and stand before the terrible judgment seat of Christ. And the Devil and his demons, and his man, which is to say, the Antichrist, and the impious and sinners will be given over to everlasting fire, which will not be a material fire such as we are accustomed to, but a fire such as God might know. And those who have done good will shine like the sun together with the angels unto eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ, ever seeing Him and being seen, enjoying the unending bliss which is from Him, and praising Him together with the Father and the Holy Ghost unto the endless ages of ages. Amen.

†St. John of Damascus
An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith Book Four - Chapter 27

Upcoming Events
Church Open - Thursday, May 26th - 05/26/22

This week the Church will be open on Thursday, May 26th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  If you would like to see Father for confession or just to chat, please make an appointment.

Family Promise - June 6th, 7th, and 9th - 05/29/22

Volunteers are needed to cook or provide take-out for two homeless families. Meals will be delivered to to 2501 Milltown Rd (across from St. Michaels)
on Monday, June 6th, Tuesday, June 7th, or Thursday, June 9th, at 6:00 p.m. Please sign up on the poster board in the Narthex.

Contact Maria (Sue) D’Orazio 512-781-5435, suemariedorazio@gmail.com with any questions.

Summer Angels: Play Dates / Meetups - 05/31/22

If there is enough interest, we will attempt to have some summertime play-dates/meet-ups for the children of the parish.  Families who participate will be responsible for "hosting" two gatherings in the course of the summer, which can be as simple as: "We are meeting at the Lums Pond Playground this Tuesday from 9:30-12:30, bring a sack lunch." If we can make it happen, perhaps we can get a group for a Blue Rocks Game or a museum visit. Here's a link to the Google Form: https://forms.gle/UBaCjYok8UQrgS7D8 This info will be valuable for planning events that are convenient & interesting.

Ascension Talent Show / Performance - June 2nd - 05/31/22

As we are finishing up the school year, we would like to invite the youth of St. Michael's to share their gifts with us in a cultural evening - music, oration (poetry or prose), dance, etc, on the evening of the Feast of the Ascension, June 2nd, 6:30pm, at St. Michael's. Adults, please bring a heavenly potluck dish to share. Please email me (elizabeth.clause@gmail.com) if your student would like to participate and the details of what they will
perform, to be listed in the program.

Memorial Day Weekend at St Tikhon's Monastery - 05/31/22

St. Tikhon’s Memorial Day Pilgrimage is back! While there are events throughout the weekend, the main day is Memorial Day itself - Monday, May 30th. The miraculous Iveron icon will be present.

Archbishop's Visit - July 30th - 31st - 07/29/22

Archbishop Mark has rescheduled with us due to his missed Spring visit - He will be with us the weekend of July 30th-31st. (He will still come in the Fall as well.)

Basement Cleanup - June 11th - 08/22/22

The current plan is to rent a U-Haul to remove the remaining items from the church basement on the morning of Saturday June 11th. We will need probably four strong men to help with lifting & carrying. If there is something you would like, but couldn't figure out how to get it to your house, we could possibly (depending on mileage) deliver it when we take unwanted things to Goodwill. There will be sign-up forms in the Narthex on Sunday. If you can help with this phase, please contact Elizabeth Clause (elizabeth.clause@gmail.com).

Other Announcements
2022 Graduates - Congratulations! - 05/22/22

Congratulations to Sylvia Bachinsky (University of Delaware), Cole (Eustace) McElmurray (University of Delaware) and high-school graduates Emma Long and Christian Afeworki.

Heavenly Vision Update - 05/22/22

The flooring is now finalized - note the wood floors upstairs and the new carpet in the stairwell. A few other spot fixes were performed as well.

Next up: Update of our emergency lighting and install of the chandeliers.

Babies! - 05/15/22

Two of our expecting mothers are no longer expecting - we have two new baby girls: Rachel Shatley gave birth to Emery Cedella (Thais) and Christina Tice gave birth to Emilia Barbara. Meal-trains have been set-up (see Listserv and Father’s weekly email) - please help!

St. Tikhon's Summer Camp - 05/02/22

The diocesan summer camp is July 3 - 9 this year for children ages 7 - 17.  To sign-up, please find the forms on the website: www.sttikhonscamp.org.

Note: Counselor application forms must be postmarked by May 20, 2022.  Camper registration forms must be postmarked by June 23,2022.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
May 29 D'Orazio Skomorucha Carey
Jun 5 Wojciechowski D'Orazio Wales
Jun 12 Riley Riley Riley


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
May 22 Bunitsky / Rhine / Plummer Hojnicki / Najemy Clause / Whalen
May 29 Long / Veres / Beazley Telep / Baldychev Skomorucha / Ashton / Wojciechowski
Jun 5 Najemy / Gabriel Bunitsky / Morjana S. Peck
Jun 12 Kiehl / Kendall Riley / Riley Baldychev / Shatley‑Sylvest


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
May 29 Jones / Sullivan
Jun 5 Ashton / Burns
Jun 12 Burns / Jones
Jun 19 Ashton / Sullivan
Jun 26 Burns / Sullivan


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Monday, 23 May 2022

Update from the 20th All-American Council Youth Program Director
17 hours ago

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Registration Opens for June 17 Parish Development Forum Online
19 May 2022 at 10:42am

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Sends Condolences for the Repose of His Emi...
18 May 2022 at 12:05pm

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Tests Positive for COVID-19
18 May 2022 at 11:21am

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Metropolitan Tikhon to preside at annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to Saint Tik...
17 May 2022 at 3:01pm

Monday, 16 May 2022

Proposed Statute Amendments for the 20th All-American Council
16 May 2022 at 12:51pm

Sunday, 15 May 2022

FOCA’s 95th National Convention to be held July 15-17, 2022 in Baltimore, MD
15 May 2022 at 11:51am

Friday, 13 May 2022

Schedule and Agenda for the 20th All-American Council Now Available
13 May 2022 at 3:18pm

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Pastoral Changes for March and April 2022 released
12 May 2022 at 5:43am

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Update on Ukraine Refugee Fundraiser After OCA Chancellor Archpriest Alexande...
11 May 2022 at 3:05pm

A Look Ahead

This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, May 24th

Daily Vespers

at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 26th

Church Open

from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Saturday, May 28th

Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.

(streamed online)

followed by



Sunday, May 29th


at 8:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

(streamed online)

followed by



Church School


Important Dates

Ascension of Our Lord

Thursday, June 2nd



Sunday, June 12th


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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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