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

"Don’t let your mind be idle and you won’t learn evil. Don’t look at the shortcomings of others, because otherwise, without realizing it, you’ll become a collaborator of the devil and you’ll make no progress in doing good. Don’t, in your ignorance, work alongside the enemy of your soul. The more you cover up for other people, out of love, the more Grace protects you and guards you from the slanders of other people."

Iosif the Hesychast

"Get rid of two things about yourself: don't think you're somebody important and worthy; and don't think that anybody else is of greater value than you."

†St. Basil the Great
(330-379 AD)
Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia

"To be quiet is the fruit of a royal and noble upbringing. Those who've learned how to be quiet have also learned how to talk. Because to be quiet is the product of rational thought. IN the same way as speaking prudently is. People who don't know how to be quiet can't hold a conversation either."

†St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Pentapolis and Wonderworker of Aegina

Upcoming Events
The Feast of the Annunciation - March 25th - 03/25/19

Monday March 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God. We will offer Vespers for the feast next Sunday March 24th following coffee hour. Then Monday morning March 25th Vesperal Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at 9:00 a.m.

Presanctified Liturgy - 04/17/19

On Wednesday evenings we will be celebrating the Presanctified Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy is not celebrated in the Orthodox Church on lenten weekdays however, in order for the faithful to sustain their lenten effort by participation in Holy Communion, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is served. This Liturgy is called Presanctified, since the Holy Gifts are presanctified (or consecrated) on the previous Sunday. This is an evening Liturgy consisting of Vespers, followed by a portion of the full Liturgy. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts comes after a day of spiritual preparation and total abstinence. All who plan on participating in Holy Communion for the Presanctified Liturgy who are unable to make the effort of total fasting because of weaknesses or illness, should eat a light lenten meal in the morning or mid morning and begin fasting for communion by noon. Reminder that our Presanctified Liturgy will be followed by a lenten pot luck dinner. All are welcome to come and bring a lenten dish and share in the extra fellowship as we make our journeys together to Pascha.

Liturgy of St. Basil the Great - 04/28/19

On Sundays during the lenten season we may notice that the Divine Liturgy is a little different. This is because we celebrate the longer Liturgy of St Basil the Great. In the 4th century Church the liturgy of St. Basil was celebrated every Sunday and feast day of the whole year. It was the official Eucharistic Liturgy to be celebrated on a regular basis throughout the year. Towards the end of the first quarter of the second millennium the Liturgy of Saint Basil was replaced by the liturgy attributed to Saint John Chrysostom another 4th century father of the Church. Some say that the celebrating of Saint Basil's liturgy still being done during Lent is because of the conservative liturgical character of Lent. And since it is the intention of the Church to dedicate more time to prayer during Lent, that it is a good opportunity to teach the faithful dogma by offering for their hearing and singing the profound and all-embracing theological elucidations of the Basilian Liturgy. It is also said that it served during lent because of its expressively doctrinal and educational character. Listen and you will hear the wisdom and beauty of this liturgy on the Sunday's of Great Lent. Handouts will be available.

Books for Prisoners - Collecting Now through April 29th - 04/29/19

During Lent please donate new or gently used paperback books in the bin in narthex - especially paperback dictionaries. See the list of books requested by prison libraries in our narthex. For a donation to the "books for prisoners" collection, please take free orthodox books in social hall entrance. Your donation will be used to buy books for the incarcerated. Thanks for your generosity. See Ellen Gundersen or email

Other Announcements
Pussy Willows for Palm Sunday - 03/17/19

If anyone has pussy willow trees and would like to cut pussy willow branches for Palm Sunday we will be happy to distribute them along with palms. Please see Ellen Gundersen or Father Deacon James Carpenter.

Lenten Confessions - 03/17/19

There will be a few extra opportunities for confessions during the Lenten season. Confession will be available as usual, following Saturday Vespers and prior to Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday’s from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Confessions will also be available on Thursday’s following study group or see Father Barnabas for appointments or if you have any questions.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Mar 24 Sulpizi Souder Finck
Mar 31 Riley Riley Riley
Apr 7 Souder Sulpizi Carey
Apr 14 Lewis Bunitsky Lewis
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Mar 24 Shatley / Hines Sulpizi / Finck Skomorucha / Lewis / Kiflemarian Maloney
Mar 31 Elia / Gundersen / Farrell Hojnicki / Souder S. Peck Gundersen
Apr 7 C. Peck / Sulpizi / Skomorucha Telep / Baldytchev N. Carey Farrell
Apr 14 Whalen / Clause / Gabriel Bunitsky / Morjana Baldytchev / Shatley / Sylvest Skomorucha


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Monday, 25 Mar 2019

St. Tikhon’s Monastery announces Second Annual Choir Festival May 25-27
11 hours ago

Saturday, 23 Mar 2019

Columbus, OH site of FOCA’s 93rd National Convention Labor Day Weekend
23 Mar 2019 at 1:07pm

Friday, 22 Mar 2019

SVS Press releases final volume of monumental Orthodox Christianity series
22 Mar 2019 at 1:38pm

Thursday, 21 Mar 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon visits Diocese of the West
21 Mar 2019 at 12:16pm

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019

IOCC publishes lenten reflections on vocation of service to others
20 Mar 2019 at 12:13pm

Monday, 18 Mar 2019

Remembering Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko
18 Mar 2019 at 12:04pm

Saturday, 16 Mar 2019

FOCUS North America celebrates 10 years of Christ-inspired community service
16 Mar 2019 at 1:12pm

Friday, 15 Mar 2019

STOTS Professor addresses Eighth Day Institute’s Ninth Annual Symposium
15 Mar 2019 at 6:15am

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019

Monday, 11 Mar 2019

Search continues for Treasurer
11 Mar 2019 at 2:05pm




Wednesday, March 20th

Little Angels

at 9:30 a.m.

Presanctified Liturgy

at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 21st

Study Group

at 10:00 a.m.


Friday, March 22nd

Lenten Parish Retreat

at 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 23rd

Lenten Parish Retreat

at 9:30 a.m.


Sunday, March 24th

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Annunciation Vespers

after Coffee Hour


Monday, March 25th

Vesperal Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.