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

"One can possess wealth and still be poor in spirit. Such a one uses his wealth for the common good: "He who holds possessions, and gold, and silver, and houses, as the gifts of God; and ministers from them to the God who gives them for the salvation of men; and knows that he possesses them more for the sake of the brethren than his own; and is superior to the possession of them, not the slave of the things he possesses; and does not carry them about in his soul, nor bind and circumscribe his life within them, but is ever labouring at some good and divine work, even should he be necessarily some time or other deprived of them, is able with cheerful mind to bear their removal equally with their abundance. This is he who is blessed by the Lord, and called poor in spirit, a meet heir of the kingdom of heaven."

†St. Clement of Alexandria, (ca, 150-215)

"The man who renounces the world from fear is like burning incense, that begins with fragrance but ends in smoke. He who leaves the world through hope of reward is like a millstone, that always moves in the same way (That is, revolves round itself, is self-centred.) But he who withdraws from the world out of love for God has obtained fire at the very outset; and, like fire set to fuel, it soon kindles a larger fire."

†St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 1: On the Renunciation of the World

Why we prostrate:
"It provides an image of man's fall into sin and expresses the confession of our sinfulness. Getting up, on the other hand, signifies repentance and the promise to lead a life of virtue. Let each prostration be accompanied by a noetic invocation of Christ, so that by falling before the Lord in soul and body you may gain the grace of the God of souls and bodies."

†St. Theoleptos of Philadelphia (ca. 1250-1322)
Byzantine monk, Metropolitan of Philadelphia (1283/4–1322) and Eastern Orthodox theologian

Upcoming Events
Women's Book Study - Tuesdays through March 5th - 03/05/19

Our Women’s Book Study will continue on Tuesday evenings for the next five weeks. We will continue reading Touch and the Healing of the World, by Daniel B. Hinshaw. We hope you can join us Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Mission Service - March 17th - 03/17/19

St. Michaels will be hosting a Lenten Mission Service (Orthodoxy Sunday) on Sunday, March 17th at 4:00 p.m. We are asking for volunteers to help organize and put the meal together. We will need everyone’s help as we will be hosting The Philadelphia Clergy Brotherhood as well as the faithful from our surrounding area. Please email Alice Morjana at or see Alice to let her know you can help.

Lenten Retreat - March 22nd and 23rd - 03/23/19

St. Michaels will be hosting a Lenten retreat with guest speaker and author Dr. Philip Mamalakis. We would like to invite the surrounding churches to share in this retreat.  Therefore we need volunteers to help organize this two-day event for Friday evening and Saturday March 22nd & 23rd . There will be more details to follow on Dr Mamalakis’ agenda. Please see Jeff Kendall or Alice Morjana to volunteer.

Other Announcements
Dome Renovation - 02/10/19

Our dome renovation project got underway this past week.  Lindsay Construction removed the old siding and began to put up the new, along with the replacement of both windows on the north side of the church.  We look forward to their continued work.  Please be patient with us during the construction.

Parish Giving - 02/03/19

We continue to progress to the diocesan proportional giving of 10% of our operating budget to the National and Diocesan Church. The yearly National and Diocesan Assessments are determined based on the parish approved budgets. As a result of the approved 2019 parish budget for St. Michael’s and moving to a level 4 Tithing, the annual assessment for each adult over 18 will be $189 per year. This can be paid at one time or easier quarterly payments of $47.25. Envelopes are available in the Narthex if you wish to use them as a reminder. Thank you for your continued support.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Feb 17 Sulpizi Peck Peck
Feb 24 Riley Riley Riley
Mar 3 Souder Peck Peck
Mar 10 Lewis Sulpizi Lewis
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Feb 17

Pacienza / George / Grishin

Sulpizi / Finck Sulpizi Skomorucha
Feb 24

J. Peck / Weins

Hojnicki / Souder Riley Maloney
Mar 3

Hojnicki / Flynn / Roberts

Telep / Baldychev Bunitsky / Finck Gundersen
Mar 10

Gerassimakis / Bunitsky

Bunitsky / Morjana Farrell Farrell


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 15 Feb 2019

Lenten study resources available from OCA Department of Christian Education
15 Feb 2019 at 6:41am

Thursday, 14 Feb 2019

The 15th Anniversary of the Episcopal Consecration of Metropolitan Tikhon
14 Feb 2019 at 7:17am

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon opens Spring Metropolitan Council Session
13 Feb 2019 at 7:31am

Sunday, 10 Feb 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon, OCA delegation participate in anniversary celebrations
10 Feb 2019 at 3:53pm

Friday, 8 Feb 2019

February 12 OCF webinar to explore college students’ mental health
8 Feb 2019 at 11:18am

Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019

Assembly of Bishops issues Statement on the Sanctity of Life
6 Feb 2019 at 3:39pm

Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019

FOCUS to host second YES Servant Leadership Conference for HS seniors, colleg...
5 Feb 2019 at 7:53pm

Monday, 4 Feb 2019

In The News:  Alaska, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona
4 Feb 2019 at 4:19pm

Sunday, 3 Feb 2019

SVOTS hosts Schmemann Lecture, Anglican dialogue
3 Feb 2019 at 12:28pm

Friday, 1 Feb 2019

IOCC awarded $25,000 grant for ongoing Hurricane Michael response
1 Feb 2019 at 7:21am




Little Angels

Wednesday, February 13th

at 9:30 a.m.


Study Group

Thursday, February 14th

at 10:00 a.m.


Great Vespers

Saturday, February 16th

at 5:00 p.m.


Divine Liturgy

Sunday, February 17th

at 9:00 a.m.

followed by Coffee Hour

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.