St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Orthodox Church in America
2300 W. Huntington Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 • (302) 995-6775
Thoughts for the Week

Wisdom of the Holy Fathers

"In the stories and ballads set to rhythm, we read how those with love for their intended deliver themselves gladly to suffering for their beloved — sometimes, even to death. But the betrothed had been worthy of their love and sacrifice, in the manner described by poets. However, the sinless and pure Christ endured humiliation, suffering and a horrible death, not for some innocent, faithful and good virgin, but for sinners and the destitute, for murderers, liars, thieves, abductors, bandits, perjurers and godless — for polluted and foul-smelling souls, who smelled with deadly corruption and who were dead before death.”
†St. Nikolai, Bishop of Ohrid and Žiča
Upcoming Events
Lazarus Saturday Vespers - April 10th - 04/10/2020

We are one week away from Palm Sunday and the beginning of the Holy Week schedule. During Holy Week the Church commemorates our Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem, His Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. This coming Friday, April 10th we will begin this movement with the celebration of the raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday). We will offer online vespers this Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Join us!

Other Announcements
Congratulation and Many Years! - 04/05/2020

Congratulations to Nicholas & Susanne DiDonato on the birth of their daughter Mary.

We want to also congratulate Stephanie Paczienza & family on the birth of her son Daniel.

Many Years to all!

Church Cleaning - 04/05/2020

As per the government restrictions and the direction of the synod of bishops, no one should be coming to St. Michael’s without a blessing from Fr. Barnabas. Until further notice due to the pandemic we will not need our regular church cleaners. Please stay home and stay healthy.

Phone Confessions - 04/05/2020

Phone confession will be offered for those who feel they need it. Confessions will be by appointment and limited to 15 mins per call. Regular confession will be available as soon as the liturgical suspension is lifted. During the pandemic the faithful are not bound to confess but may wait until a time when in-person Confessions will be possible again. Please email Fr. Barnabas for an appointment.

Update on St. Michael’s Liturgical Life - 04/05/2020

This past week the Holy Synod of Bishops met to discuss the ongoing pandemic. The synod has decided to extend the suspension of liturgical services until April 30th, 2020. For the time being we will continue with online services as much as possible. Archbishop Mark will meet with the clergy of the diocese on Thursday morning to discuss Holy Week and Pascha services. Please look to your email or our parish web site for ongoing updates.

Online Worship Schedule - 04/05/2020

We will be serving an online only schedule at St. Michael’s. This will include Saturday Vespers at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday the Typika service & Molieben at 9:00 a.m. These services can be found on our Facebook page and through the Zoom app. Please give the online services a try!

Stewardship at St. Michael’s - 03/29/2020

The Parish Council requests that everyone please continue their financial stewardship to the Church if you are able. Please be reminded that our facilities’ bills and mortgage will continue to be required. For the time being your weekly contribution can be sent directly to the church through the US mail. (Use the mailing address of the rectory: 2231 E Huntington Dr, Wilmington, DE  19808-4952.) Thank you!

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Apr 12 Online Service Online Service Online Service
Apr 19 Pascha Pascha Pascha
Apr 26 Lewis Bunitsky Lewis
May 3 J. Peck Peck Peck
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner
Apr 12 Online Coffee Hour Online Service Building Closed
Apr 19 Pascha
Hojnicki / Najemy Farrell
Apr 26 Gerissimakis / Bunitsky Telep / Baldychev Clause / Whalen
May 3 Finck / M. Peck Bunitsky / Morjana Skomorucha / Lewis / M Kiflemariam


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Monday, 6 Apr 2020

Primatial Message of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon; Online Church School ...
6 Apr 2020 at 12:49pm

Friday, 3 Apr 2020

Akathist to the Mother of God for Use at Home; Reflection: The Sign of the Pr...
3 Apr 2020 at 2:43pm

Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020

Holy Synod, Metropolitan Council Issue Coronavius Statements
1 Apr 2020 at 5:45pm

Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020

50th Anniversary of the Agreement on Autocephaly
31 Mar 2020 at 3:36pm

Monday, 30 Mar 2020

Holy Synod Meets in Special Session
30 Mar 2020 at 9:20pm

Archpriest Thomas Soroka Appointed to Oversee Department Work
30 Mar 2020 at 11:34am

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Some Thoughts on the Crisis and the Call of the Corona Virus:  A Reflect...
25 Mar 2020 at 9:23am

Monday, 23 Mar 2020

On-Line Church School Begins March 25; “COVID Catechesis: A Reflection”
23 Mar 2020 at 7:03pm

Sunday, 22 Mar 2020

Metropolitan Tikhon Answers Questions on Ancient Faith Radio; Reflection on t...
22 Mar 2020 at 12:10pm

Friday, 20 Mar 2020

Metropolitan Tikhon on Ancient Faith Radio Tomorrow
20 Mar 2020 at 1:12pm