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

"Don’t let your mind be idle and you won’t learn evil. Don’t look at the shortcomings of others, because otherwise, without realizing it, you’ll become a collaborator of the devil and you’ll make no progress in doing good. Don’t, in your ignorance, work alongside the enemy of your soul. The more you cover up for other people, out of love, the more Grace protects you and guards you from the slanders of other people."

Iosif the Hesychast

"Get rid of two things about yourself: don't think you're somebody important and worthy; and don't think that anybody else is of greater value than you."

†St. Basil the Great
(330-379 AD)
Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia

"To be quiet is the fruit of a royal and noble upbringing. Those who've learned how to be quiet have also learned how to talk. Because to be quiet is the product of rational thought. IN the same way as speaking prudently is. People who don't know how to be quiet can't hold a conversation either."

†St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Pentapolis and Wonderworker of Aegina

Upcoming Events
Archbishop MARK to Visit - Tuesday, April 23rd - 04/23/19

His Eminence Archbishop MARK will be joining us for Presanctified Liturgy on Holy Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m.  We hope you can be with us for the Archbishop's annual Holy Week visit.

Liturgy of St. Basil the Great - 04/28/19

On Sundays during the lenten season we may notice that the Divine Liturgy is a little different. This is because we celebrate the longer Liturgy of St Basil the Great. In the 4th century Church the liturgy of St. Basil was celebrated every Sunday and feast day of the whole year. It was the official Eucharistic Liturgy to be celebrated on a regular basis throughout the year. Towards the end of the first quarter of the second millennium the Liturgy of Saint Basil was replaced by the liturgy attributed to Saint John Chrysostom another 4th century father of the Church. Some say that the celebrating of Saint Basil's liturgy still being done during Lent is because of the conservative liturgical character of Lent. And since it is the intention of the Church to dedicate more time to prayer during Lent, that it is a good opportunity to teach the faithful dogma by offering for their hearing and singing the profound and all-embracing theological elucidations of the Basilian Liturgy. It is also said that it served during lent because of its expressively doctrinal and educational character. Listen and you will hear the wisdom and beauty of this liturgy on the Sunday's of Great Lent. Handouts will be available.

Other Announcements
Cleanup Thanks - 04/14/19

Thank you to all who came to the church cleanup yesterday (Saturday, April 13th).  Many years!

Pussy Willows for Palm Sunday - 03/17/19

If anyone has pussy willow trees and would like to cut pussy willow branches for Palm Sunday we will be happy to distribute them along with palms. Please see Ellen Gundersen or Father Deacon James Carpenter.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Mar 31 Riley Riley Riley
Apr 7 Souder Sulpizi Carey
Apr 14 Lewis Bunitsky Lewis
Apr 21 Riley Riley Riley
Apr 28 N/A N/A Wales
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Mar 24 Shatley / Hines Sulpizi / Finck Skomorucha / Lewis / Kiflemarian Maloney
Mar 31 Elia / Gundersen / Farrell Hojnicki / Souder S. Peck Gundersen
Apr 7 C. Peck / Sulpizi / Skomorucha Telep / Baldytchev N. Carey Farrell
Apr 14 Whalen / Clause / Gabriel Bunitsky / Morjana Baldytchev / Shatley / Sylvest Skomorucha
Apr 21 Hamwi / Morjana Riley / Riley Sulpizi Maloney
Apr 28 PASCHA Sulpizi / Finck Riley No Library


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Thursday, 18 Apr 2019

OCA to sponsor 13th Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum July 16-19
18 hours ago

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon to address 225th Anniversary Celebration of Mission to No...
17 Apr 2019 at 5:49am

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019

FOCA announces spring, summer gatherings and events
16 Apr 2019 at 5:48am

Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Register now for PaTRAM Institute’s Singers’ Summer Academy June 27-30
15 Apr 2019 at 5:50am

Friday, 12 Apr 2019

In The News: From Coast to Coast!
12 Apr 2019 at 11:56am

Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019

Pilgrimages to Alaska to mark double anniversaries in 2020
10 Apr 2019 at 1:28pm

Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019

SVOTS announces 2019 Commencement Exercises
9 Apr 2019 at 6:12am

Monday, 8 Apr 2019

Parishes invited to submit Holy Week, Pascha photos
8 Apr 2019 at 7:28am

Friday, 5 Apr 2019

Minutes, reports of Metropolitan Council 2019 Spring Session released
5 Apr 2019 at 10:13am

Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019

Save the Date: Sixth Parish Forum to be held in Canonsburg, PA July 11-13
3 Apr 2019 at 7:39am




Tuesday, April 16th

Sinovich Funeral

at 11:00 a.m.


Wednesday, April 17th

Little Angels

at 9:30 a.m.

Presanctified Liturgy

at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, April18th

Study Group

at 10:00 a.m.


Friday, April 19th

Lazarus Saturday Vespers

at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, April 20th

Lazarus Saturday Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Palm Sunday Great Vespers

at 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 21st

Palm Sunday

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.