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

"We may find the same teaching in the Old Testament as well. As though in complete agreement with the Gospels, it says: 'Do not hate your brother in your heart' (Lev. 19:17); and: "The way of the rancorous leads to death' (Prov. 12: 28. LXX). These passages, then, not only forbid anger in what we do but also angry thought. If therefore we are to follow the divine laws, we must struggle with all our strength against the demon of anger and against the sickness which lies hidden within us. When we are angry with others we should not seek solitude on the grounds that there, at least, no one will provoke us to anger, and that in solitude the virtue of long-suffering can easily be acquired. Our desire to leave our brethren is because of our pride, and because we do not wish to blame ourselves and ascribe to our own laxity the cause of our unruliness. So long as we assign the causes for our weaknesses to others, we cannot attain perfection in longsuffering.

Self-reform and peace are not achieved through the patience which others show us, but through our own longsuffering towards our neighbor. "

†St John Cassian
On the Eight Vices: On Anger,
Philokalia, Vol. 1, 85
(c. 360 - c. 435 AD), a Christian monk and theologian celebrated in both the Western and Eastern Churches for his mystical writings. Cassian is noted for his role in bringing the ideas and practices of Christian monasticism to the early medieval West)

Upcoming Events
General Cleaning - Saturday, December 15th - 12/15/18

On Saturday, December 15th starting at 9:00 a.m. we will have a general church cleaning in preparation for the feast of Nativity. All help is welcome!

Choir Rehearsals - November 17th, December 1st, and December 15th - 12/15/18

Choir rehearsals for Christmas and Epiphany will be held on the following dates:

- Saturday, November 17th
- Saturday, December 1st
- Saturday, December 15th

All rehearsals will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Parish Holy Supper - December 24th - 12/24/18

Holy Supper on Nativity eve is a pious tradition from the Christian faithful of various Eastern European regions. The supper is observed on the eves of our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh and His baptism by Saint John in the Jordan River. The meal is a fasting meal with 12 courses representing Christ’s twelve apostles. We will once again have a Parish Holy Supper on the Eve of Nativity. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by Nativity Vigil at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to join us. Please see the sign up in the Narthex.

Nativity Fast - November 15th - December 24th - 12/24/18

This is just a reminder that the Nativity fast continues until December 25th. The celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Christ in the Orthodox Church is patterned after the celebration of the feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. A fast of forty days precedes the feast, with special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Savior. Thus, on Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) songs are sung to announce the coming birthday of the Lord: ‘Adorn yourself, O Cavern. Make ready, O Manger. O Shepherds and wisemen, bring your gifts and bear witness. For the Virgin is coming bearing Christ in her womb’ (Vesperal Hymn of Saint Nicholas Day).

Other Announcements
Poinsettias for Nativity - 12/02/18

It’s time to order Poinsettias to beautify the church for our Lord's Nativity! Order forms are available in the narthex

2019 Church Directory - 12/02/18

We are currently updating the church directory in preparation for 2019. We are asking parishioners to review the 2018 directory in the Vestibule and to make any necessary changes. For new members, or members not currently listed and would like to be included, please add your information--name(s), address, telephone number(s), email address and also birth date(s) for the Birthday List.

Bookstore Nativity Gifts - 12/02/18

Our Parish Bookstore has a wide selection of gifts for this Nativity season. Stop by and pick something up today!

Amazon Smile - 09/30/18

At this time of year, as Nativity approaches, we begin buying gifts for our friends and family. This is just a reminder that if you purchase items from, St. Michael’s could benefit from your purchases. Amazon Smile will give St. Michael’s a small rebate for every purchase you make if you use the web address below. This address is specific to St. Michael’s, so it is easy to use. We have already been receiving benefits from this program. Just type the address into your web browser.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Dec 09 Sulpizi Souder Carey
Dec 16 Wales Wales Wales
Dec 23 Riley Riley Riley
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Dec 09 Bacuta / Fravel Hojnicki / Souder General Cleaning Farrell
Dec 16 Najemy / Kendall Baldytchev Sulpizi Skomorucha
Dec 23 Hojnicki / Flynn / Roberts Bunitsky/Lewis Riley Maloney


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 14 Dec 2018

Registration opens for 2019 CrossRoad program for HS juniors, seniors
3 hours ago

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Remembering Father Alexander Schmemann
12 Dec 2018 at 12:55pm

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

“The Anchor of Schmemann’s Liturgical Theology” theme of annual lecture
11 Dec 2018 at 5:31pm

Monday, 10 Dec 2018

St. Tikhon’s Music Director closely involved in 2019 Grammy-Nominated Projects
10 Dec 2018 at 4:07pm

Sunday, 9 Dec 2018

Diverse Doctor of Ministry cohort meets on SVOTS campus
9 Dec 2018 at 1:03pm

Saturday, 8 Dec 2018

Bishop David offers update after Alaskan earthquakes
8 Dec 2018 at 6:00am

Friday, 7 Dec 2018

Thursday, 6 Dec 2018

Metropolitan Tikhon attends services for President George H. W. Bush
6 Dec 2018 at 10:47am

Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018

New Ministry Resources article highlights Cleveland’s FOCUS St. Herman House
4 Dec 2018 at 6:26pm

Monday, 3 Dec 2018

“Mixed Marriage: An Orthodox History” offers fascinating study of marriage an...
3 Dec 2018 at 12:57pm


Christmas / Epiphany Choir Rehearsals

Sat, Nov 17th at 3:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec 1st at 3:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec 15th at 3:30 p.m.

Eve of the Nativity

Monday, December 24th

Royal Hours

at 9:00 a.m.

Parish Holy Supper

at 5:00 p.m.

Eve of the Nativity Vigil

at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 25th

Nativity Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

See the Parish News page for details on all current announcements