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

"What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person's heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm him, that they be protected and receive mercy...because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God."

†St. Issac the Syrian

"In order that you should have steadfast assurance during prayer, of receiving every spiritual blessing from the Lord, believe that by uniting yourself unto the Lord during your prayer you become one spirit with Him (cf. I Cor. 6:17), and that God is most gracious, almighty and wise. He is all-perfect perfection, therefore, you, too, according to your perceptivity, according to your faith and love, will become a partaker of His Divine perfections. In the union of your soul with God, do not consider anything impossible or difficult of fulfillment, 'for with God all things are possible' (Mk. 10:27) - not only the things which you can think of, or are thinking of, but also those which you cannot think of, or which you think of as impossible, for God is an infinite Being, and all His perfections are infinite."

From St. John of Kronstadt
(My Life in Christ; Holy Trinity Monastery pg. 362)

"...if we really yearn for eternal life, if we long to have the provider of immortality within ourselves, let us not abstain from the Eucharist like some of the more negligent, nor let us provide the devil in the depths of his cunning with a trap and a snare for us in the form of a pernicious kind of reverence. 'Yes, indeed,' someone might say. 'But it is written: "Anyone who eats of the bread and drinks of the cup unworthily, eats and drinks judgment upon himself" (cf. I Cor. 11:29). I have examined myself and I see that I am not worthy.' But then when will you be worthy? My response would be: 'When will you present yourself to Christ? If you are always going to be afraid of falling, you will never cease falling - "For who can discern his faults," as the holy Psalmist says (Ps. 18:12 LXX) - and you will end up totally bereft of a share in saving sanctification.' Make up your mind, then, to lead a more devout life in conformity with the law, and so partake of the Eucharist in the conviction that it dispels not only death but even the diseases that are in us (cf. I Cor. 11:30). For when Christ has come to be within us he lulls to sleep the law that rages in the members of flesh. He rekindles our reverence towards God, while simultaneously causing the passions to atrophy. He does not reckon our faults against us. Instead, He binds up that which has been wounded, he raises that which has fallen, as a good shepherd who has laid down His life for the sheep (Ez. 34:16; Jn. 10:11)."

†St. Cyril of Alexandria
(Cyril of Alexandria: The Early Church Fathers by Norman Russell, Commentary on John 6:56; Routledge pgs. 118-119)

Upcoming Events
Church School Begins - October 1st - 09/17/17

Church school will begin on Sunday October 1st during the coffee hour. We will offer three classes: Small children ages 3-5yrs old, Primary ages 6-10yrs old, and Middle/High school ages 11-17yrs old. Thanks to all who completed the survey and for the continued support for the youth education ministry.

Study Group Presentation - 09/17/17

Our study group kicked off this past Thursday with five of us reading and discussing a homily on the “Holy Cross” by St. John Chrysostom. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the diocesan presentation on the “Effective Church Model” and hearing an online presentation. The study group meets on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All are welcome to join us!

Family Promise - October 2nd, 3rd, and 5th - 09/17/17

Please help cook, serve a meal and eat with homeless families Monday, October 2nd, Tuesday, October 3rd, and Thursday, October 5th at St. Philips Lutheran church 5320 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. Family Promise helps homeless families find jobs, training and homes and has a 83% success rate of keeping them in homes after more than one year. We need to share our hope, compassion, smiles and encouragement with them and especially their children. Please sign up on board in narthex. see Ellen Gundersen (610.388.0695 or

Other Announcements
Parking Reminder - 09/17/17

A gentle reminder to everyone to please park in the designated areas. If the parking lot is full please park on Huntington Drive. We realize that the parking lot can be full and hope to address this issue in the future. Please do not park in Emergency/ Fire Lanes directly in front of the church. Thank you all for your attendance and patience.

Annual Meeting Reports - 09/10/17

Our annual parish meeting is coming up in October. Just a reminder that reports in preparation for our all parish meeting should be submitted to Catalina Finck by October 9th. Thank you all for your continued work for St. Michael’s!

Church School Survey - 09/03/17

We are asking all parents to participate in our Church School Survey. All parents should have received an email with a link to the survey. Any parent who did not receive the link please see Catalina Finck. The survey will help us in our efforts to effectively educate our youth in the Orthodox faith. Please remember that the Church serves as a support on the road to eternal life and teaches that it is the primary responsibility of the parents for the spiritual formation of their children. If anyone is interested in serving as teacher please see Fr. Barnabas or Catalina Finck.  Church School will officially begin Oct. 1st 2017.

Matthew 25:35 Project - 09/03/17

Jesus said: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me."  (Matt 25:35, 38-40)

John (Travis) and Mary (Misty) Robinson have began a project to help alleviate hunger in our community. This project is currently weekend based since Saturday and Sunday are the hardest days for the homeless to obtain food.

This will be an ongoing project, so if anyone wishes to make a financial donation, John has set up a GoFundMe site at:

If anyone would like to donate food and other items, here is a list of items that could be used:

Food Items:

  • Applesauce cups
  • Jello cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Cases of water
  • Vienna sausages
  • Mini chef boyardee
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Bags of beans (winter)
  • Chili
  • Vegetable soup
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate


  • Gloves (for food preparation)
  • Hairnets
  • Sandwich bags
  • Brown paper bags
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Empty boxes for transport


  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Scarves

Thanks everyone for your support!

News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 22 Sep 2017

Metropolitan Council unanimously recommends AAC agenda, 2018 budget
22 Sep 2017 at 5:20pm

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017

OCA Diocese of Mexico assessing earthquake damage in parishes, missions
21 Sep 2017 at 4:27pm

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017

Registration opens for 19th AAC vendors
20 Sep 2017 at 10:53am

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017

Fall Session of Metropolitan Council opens with annual retreat
19 Sep 2017 at 10:51am

Sunday, 17 Sep 2017

Patronal Feast of Chancery’s St. Sergius Chapel to be celebrated Saturday, Se...
17 Sep 2017 at 11:22pm

Saturday, 16 Sep 2017

Pastoral Changes for July, August 2017 released
16 Sep 2017 at 11:48am

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017

In The News:  Hurricanes, an earthquake, 9/11, and a conference
14 Sep 2017 at 5:57pm

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017

September 30 Pan-Orthodox Liturgy to mark 125 years of Orthodoxy in Chicago
13 Sep 2017 at 5:56pm

Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017

OCA represented at Orthodox-Evangelical Consultation in Cambridge, UK
12 Sep 2017 at 2:23pm

Monday, 11 Sep 2017

Metropolitan Tikhon issues Statement on 16th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
11 Sep 2017 at 2:04pm


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