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 From the Holy Fathers

"Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly the Angel who guards you will honor your patience.... With God all things are possible.”

†St. John Climacus

“I shall speak first about control of the stomach, the opposite to gluttony, and about how to fast and what and how much to eat. I shall say nothing on my own account, but only what I have received from the Holy Fathers. They have not given us only a single rule for fasting or a single standard and measure for eating, because not everyone has the same strength; age, illness or delicacy of body create differences. But they have given us all a single goal: to avoid over-eating and the filling of our bellies. They also found a day's fast to be more beneficial and a greater help toward purity than one extending over a period of three, four, or even seven days. Someone who fasts for too long, they say, often ends up by eating too much food. The result is that at times the body becomes enervated through undue lack of food and sluggish over its spiritual exercises, while at other times, weighed down by the mass of food it has eaten, it makes the soul listless and slack.”

†St. John Cassian

Upcoming Events
Small Paraklesis - January 24th - 01/21/18

The Small Paraklesis will continue this Wednesday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. Please consider making a commitment to be a reader or to learn and help offer the responses. Come be a part of the mid-week service of supplication. Note: The Small Paraklesis will continue Wednesday evenings until the start of Great Lent.

2018 Diocesan Assembly - January 25th and 26th - 01/21/18

The 2018 Diocesan Assembly will be held this week, January 25-26. We will need help with the preparations, the food, hospitality, and cleanup. We will also need help with the singing of the responses for the divine services. Please see Jeff Kendall if you can help.

We will have Vespers for the Assembly on Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. followed by a guest speaker. All are welcome to attend. 

Then on Friday, January 26th we will have Divine Liturgy with Archbishop MARK at 8:30 a.m. (reading of the 3rd & 6th hour will be at 8:10 a.m.)

For additional information on the assembly, refer to:

Teen Retreat - February 9th-11th - Registration Closes January 26th - 01/21/18

The diocesan teen retreat will be held on February 9-11, 2018 at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, PA. The retreat is an excellent opportunity for Orthodox teen fellowship. The retreat is open to all youths ages 12-17. There will be snow tubing, winter hiking, and more. Download your registration form at Regular registration is open through January 16th. Late registration is open from January 17th through January 26th.

AAC Special Parish Meeting - February 11th - 01/21/18

On Sunday, February11th, during the coffee hour, we will have an all parish meeting to elect a delegate for the OCA All American council which meets July 23 - July 27, 2018. If you are interested in serving as a delegate or an observer, please see Fr. Barnabas or one of our newly elected parish council members.

Other Announcements
News from the Orthodox Church in America

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

Strong Orthodox Christian presence at DC March for Life
16 hours ago

Monday, 22 Jan 2018

St. Vladimir’s Seminary announces winter events
22 Jan 2018 at 10:45am

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018

Metropolitan Tikhon’s Sanctity of Life Message now available
18 Jan 2018 at 11:50am

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018

OCF announces series of Spring regional college student retreats
16 Jan 2018 at 6:30am

Monday, 15 Jan 2018

Orthodox Christians to battle hunger on IOCC’s “Souper Bowl of Caring” Sunday
15 Jan 2018 at 3:00pm

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018

Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates Great Feast of Theophany in Mexico City
13 Jan 2018 at 6:53pm

Friday, 12 Jan 2018

New edition of the Divine Liturgy now available from STM Press
12 Jan 2018 at 2:25pm

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

Metropolitan Tikhon to deliver opening prayer at 45th DC March for Life on Fr...
10 Jan 2018 at 3:33pm

Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018

St. Louis, MO site of FOCA’s 92nd Convention July 20-23
9 Jan 2018 at 11:30am

Saturday, 6 Jan 2018

Online registration for 19th AAC delegates begins
6 Jan 2018 at 7:38am

Small Paraklesis

Wednesday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m.

2018 Diocesan Assembly

January 25th and 26th.

Vespers and Guest Speaker

Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Hours and Divine Liturgy

Friday, January 26th

 - Hours at 8:10 a.m.

 - Divine Liturgy at 8:30 a.m.