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

"A humble man is never rash, hasty or perturbed, never has any hot and volatile thoughts, but at all times remains calm. Even if heaven were to fall and cleave to the earth, the humble man would not be dismayed. Not every quiet man is humble, but every humble man is quiet. There is no humble man who is not self-constrained; but you will find many who are self-constrained without being humble. This is also what the meek humble Lord meant when He said, ‘Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ [Matt 11:29] For the humble man is always at rest, because there is nothing which can agitate or shake his mind. Just as no one can frighten a mountain, so the mind of a humble man cannot be frightened. If it be permissible and not incongruous, I should say that the humble man is not of this world. For he is not troubled and altered by sorrows, nor amazed and enthused by joys, but all his gladness and his real rejoicing are in the things of his Master. Humility is accompanied by modesty and self-collectedness: that is, chastity of the senses; a moderate voice; mean speech; self-belittlement; poor raiment; a gait that is not pompous; a gaze directed towards the earth; superabundant mercy; easily flowing tears; a solitary soul; a contrite heart; imperturbability to anger; undistributed senses; few possessions; moderation in every need; endurance; patience; fearlessness; manliness of heart born of a hatred of this temporal life; patient endurance of trials; deliberations that are ponderous, not light, extinction of thoughts; guarding of the mysteries of chastity; modesty, reverence; and above all, continually to be still and always to claim ignorance."

†St. Isaac the Syrian
“Homily 72: On the Vision of the Nature of Incorporeal Beings, in Questions and Answers,”
Ascetical Homilies of St Isaac the Syrian

"One cannot hide anywhere from temptations except in the depths of humility."

†Elder Macarius of Optina

Upcoming Events
Blessing of Vehicles - July 21st - 07/21/19

In commemoration of the holy prophet Elijah (July 20) who was taken into heaven on a fiery chariot, we will be offering the blessing of vehicles next Sunday (July 21st) following Liturgy. The glorious prophet Elijah is therefore known as the patron saint of vehicles, reminding us that we must struggle to manifest holiness in our lives, especially when we travel. The honoring of this great prophet of the Old Testament in our Holy Church dates back to Apostolic times. The blessing is for cars and any kind of vehicle (kids can bring bikes).

Vacation Church School Help - August 1st - 3rd - 08/01/19

Please mark your calendars.  Our vacation church school will be held Thursday, August 1st through Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. We are asking for parents and volunteers to help and share in this work. Please see Fr. Barnabas if you are interested in taking the lead in organizing our 2019 VCS. Please save the date and look for more information to come.

Dormition Fast and August Feast Days - 08/18/19

The liturgical calendar once again comes to its close in August with the fourth and final fasting season of the Church year along with two major feasts. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period begins on August 1st and peaks on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the great feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos. On August 6th, the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This feast commemorates our Lord's transfiguration before his disciples on Mt. Tabor. In His Transfiguration He reveals His glory to the disciples. In Him they (and we) now see for themselves the glory of God present in the person of Christ. Please plan to join us for these feasts as we make our way to the end of yet another liturgical year.

Study Group Summer Break - June, July, August - 08/30/19

Our Study group will be taking a break for the Summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume once again in September. Thanks to all who continue to attend and participate in this parish education opportunity.

Other Announcements
Thank You! - 06/23/19

Special thanks and gratitude to Luke & Anna Wales for donating hundreds of books and three large bookcases for our library expansion as well as giving away another hundred books for Good Samaritan and prison libraries.

Service to the Holy Altar - 06/16/19

Father Deacon James is pleased to announce that we will be receiving new altar servers. Service to the Holy Altar is a serious responsibility open to males ages 7years old and older. Those who are interested will be offered some instructional sessions prior to service and must be committed to serve. Serious candidates should see Father Deacon James or Thaddeus (Scott) Lewis for more information.

Traveling this Summer? Try to Go to Church! - 06/09/19

Visit the “Orthodoxy in America” website to find an Orthodox Church wherever you are heading. All the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions (OCA, Greek, Antiochian, Serbian, etc.) are listed together on this one helpful site: - Check it out! Also, contact the priest ahead of time to inform him that you would like to come for Holy Communion at the Liturgy. May God bless your travels and come back safe and sound!

If you do travel, please do not take a vacation from your financial support of our parish! The Church is here working even when you are not. Thank you for your mindfulness and continued support!

Church Library Summer Reading - 06/02/19

Now that the nice weather is upon us, recharge your spiritual life by checking out one of the books at the library table, outside the Coffee Hour room. Our library team has set out a new selection of books, and there's something to inspire everyone: Saint's lives, books on the spiritual life, books on prayer, and books for the kiddos. Check it out today.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Jul 21 D'Orazio Peck Peck
Jul 28 J. Peck Bunitsky Finck
Aug 4 Riley Riley Riley
Aug 11 Lewis Bunitsky Lewis
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Jul 21 Whalen / Clause / Gabriel Telep / Baldytchev Bunitsky / Finck Maloney
Jul 28 Pacienza / George / Grishin Bunitsky / Morjana Farrell Gundersen
Aug 4 Hamwi / Morjana Riley / Riley Clause / Whalen Farrell
Aug 11 Najemy / Kendall Sulpizi / Finck Hines Skomorucha
Aug 18 Riley / Souder Hojnicki / Souder Skomorucha / Lewis / Kiflemarian Maloney


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Friday, 19 Jul 2019

Historic recordings of Fr. Schmemann, Fr. Meyendorff, Sophie Koulomzin, other...
19 Jul 2019 at 1:43pm

Thursday, 18 Jul 2019

Chancery communications, phones down due to lightning storm
18 Jul 2019 at 12:46pm

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

IOCC prepared to respond to Barry
17 Jul 2019 at 12:40pm

Sunday, 14 Jul 2019

PA, Michigan monasteries invite faithful to annual August pilgrimages
14 Jul 2019 at 12:42pm

Friday, 12 Jul 2019

Pastoral Changes for May, June 2019 released
12 Jul 2019 at 2:25pm

Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019

Missions invited to apply for 2020 Planting Grants
10 Jul 2019 at 12:03pm

Monday, 8 Jul 2019

Archbishop Irénée participates in celebrations in Ekaterinburg, Moscow
8 Jul 2019 at 12:37pm

Sunday, 7 Jul 2019

Remembering Archbishop John of San Francisco: 1902—1989
7 Jul 2019 at 6:50am

Saturday, 6 Jul 2019

New Skete announces 53rd Annual Pilgrimage August 10
6 Jul 2019 at 5:30am

Thursday, 4 Jul 2019

Dr. Paul Meyendorff represents OCA at Faith and Order Commission gathering
4 Jul 2019 at 12:48pm




Wednesday, July 17th

Little Angels

at 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, July 20th

Great Vespers

and Confessions

at 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 21st

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Blessing of Vehicles

after Divine Liturgy

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.