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

“Do not let pass any opportunity to pray for anyone, either at his request or at the request of his relatives, friends, of those who esteem him, or of his acquaintances. The Lord looks favorably upon the prayer of our love, and upon our boldness before him. Besides this, prayer for others is very beneficial to the one himself who prays for others; it purifies the heart, strengthens faith and hope in God, and enkindles our love for God and our neighbor. When praying, say thus: ‘Lord, it is possible for Thee to do this or that to this servant of Thine; do this for him, for Thy name is the Merciful Love of Men and the Almighty.’”

†St. John of Kronstadt

"When your faith in the Lord, either during your life and prosperity, or in the time of sickness and at the moment of quitting this life, grows weak, grows dim from worldly vanity or through illness, and from the terrors and darkness of death, then look with the mental eyes of your heart upon the companies of our forefathers, the patriarchs, prophets, and righteous ones: St. Simeon, who took the Lord up in his arms, Job, Anna the Prophetess, and others; the Apostles, prelates, venerable Fathers, martyrs, the disinterested, the righteous, and all the saints. See how, both during their earthly life and at the time of their departure from this life, they unceasingly looked to God and died in the hope of the resurrection and of the life eternal, and strive to imitate them. These living examples, which are so numerous, are capable to strengthen the wavering faith of every Christian in the Lord and in the future life. Those Christian communions who do not venerate the saints and do not call upon them in prayer lose much in piety and in Christian hope. They deprive themselves of the great strengthening of their faith by the examples of men like unto themselves"

†St. John of Kronstadt

Upcoming Events
Funeral for Peter Melnick - May 18th - 05/19/19

The Funeral for Peter Melnick will be this Saturday May18th. The visitation will be held at St. Michael's from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The visitation will be followed by Hours at 9:40 a.m. and Divine Liturgy for the 4th Saturday of Pascha. Following the Divine Liturgy the Funeral Service (Rite of Burial) will be offered. The family will be having the Repass dinner in St. Michael's Hall.

Please continue to remember the newly departed Peter and his family in your prayers.

Other Announcements
Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
May 19 Riley Riley Riley
May 26 Souder Sulpizi Carey
Jun 2 Lewis Souder Lewis
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
May 19 Riley / Souder Bunitsky / Morjana Clause / Whalen Skomorucha
May 26 Pacienza / George / Grishin Riley / Riley Skomorucha / Lewis / M.Kiflemarian Maloney
Jun 2 J. Peck / Weins Sulpizi / Finck S. Peck Gundersen


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Holy Synod concludes Spring 2019 Session
16 May 2019 at 2:40pm

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

SVOTS to hold Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 18
15 May 2019 at 8:09pm

Pastoral Changes for March, April 2019 released
15 May 2019 at 5:57am

Monday, 13 May 2019

Registration Opens for Sixth Parish Forum July 11-13
13 May 2019 at 10:32am

Saturday, 11 May 2019

“Opioid Pandemic” subject of new, four-part Parish Ministry Resources series
11 May 2019 at 10:08am

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Bishop Matthew of Sourozh guest of Holy Synod of Bishops
9 May 2019 at 10:42am

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Holy Synod of Bishops confirms Andrew D. Smith as OCA Treasurer
8 May 2019 at 7:31am

Monday, 6 May 2019

Holy Synod of Bishops’ Spring Session to open May 7
6 May 2019 at 12:45pm

Thursday, 2 May 2019

OCA clergy invited to take part in second annual Summer Institute in Russia
2 May 2019 at 2:15pm

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

New Skete Monastery to host iconography workshop in September
1 May 2019 at 12:54pm




Wednesday, May 15th

Little Angels

at 9:30 a.m.


Thursday, May 16th

Study Group

at 10:00 a.m.


Saturday, May 18th

Peter Melnick Funeral


from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


at 9:40 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

at 10:00 a.m.

followed by

Rite of Burial

(Funeral Service)

followed by

Repass Dinner


Great Vespers

and Confessions

at 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 19th

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.