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The Sunday of Zaccheus

In the Slavic tradition, one week before the Triodion (Orthodox service book for Great Lent) enters into use, there is a Sunday Gospel reading which looks forward directly to the coming fast - Luke 19:1–10, describing how Zacchaeus climbed a tree beside the road where Christ was to pass. In this reading we note Zacchaeus’ sense of eager expectation, the intensity of his desire to see our Lord, and we apply this to ourselves. If, as we prepare for Lent, there is real eagerness in our hearts, if we have an intense desire for a clearer vision of Christ, then our hopes will be fulfilled during the fast; indeed, we shall, like Zacchaeus, receive far more than we expect. But if there is within us no eager expectation and no sincere desire, we shall see and receive nothing. And so we ask ourselves:What is my state of mind and will as I prepare to embark on the Lenten journey?

The Lenten Triodion, trans. KallistosWare with Mother Mary, The Service Books of the Orthodox Church pp.43–44.

Upcoming Events
Women's Retreat - March 2nd

Our diocese is having a single-day women’s retreat on March 2nd. A link to the flyer was provided in the weekly email and a printed one can be found at the fellowship hall entrance. Speak with Madrecita Emilia for more details, she’ll be going!

Church Camp - June 30th - July 6th

Registration for the diocesan Summer Camp is now open! Spots are limited, please sign-up ASAP. The camp is at St. Tikhon’s Monastery & Seminary from June 30th - July 6th. Once again, there is no charge for all the children of our diocese.

Other Announcements
Orthodox Tours

Please see the flyer at the entrance of the Fellowship Hall. You can also check out the Orthodox Tours website. The tours are lead by Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky, an OCA priest up in Binghamton, NY. 

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Reader Schedule


Date Matins Epistle
Feb 25 Skomorucha Carey
Mar 3 Burns Bergwall
Mar 10 Peck Stultz


Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaners
Feb 18

Riley /  Hojnicki / Roberts / Flynn / Reed

Riley / Riley D. Peck / Long Sisters / Crozier
Feb 25

Long Sisters / Hill / Stoyanova / Kiflemariam

Hojnicki / Najemy Clause / Whalen
Mar 3

M. Tsegay / B. Gabriel / DiDonato / Plumley / Plummer

Telep / Baldychev Skomorucha / Plummer / Hines
Mar 10

Morjana / Hamwi / Najemy / Finlaw

Bunitsky / Morjana S. Peck


Adult Altar Servers


Date Servers
Feb 25 Jones
Mar 3 Burns
Mar 10 Dautev


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Friday, 23 Feb 2024

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Thursday, 15 Feb 2024

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Monday, 5 Feb 2024

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5 Feb 2024 at 1:14pm

Sunday, 4 Feb 2024

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4 Feb 2024 at 2:31pm

Saturday, 3 Feb 2024

Pastoral Changes for August, September, October, and November 2023 released
3 Feb 2024 at 3:12pm

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2024

Call for Proposals: New Icon of All Saints of America
31 Jan 2024 at 1:49pm

Monday, 22 Jan 2024

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22 Jan 2024 at 3:43pm

Thursday, 18 Jan 2024

St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Announces First Clergy-Oriented A...
18 Jan 2024 at 2:00pm

Friday, 12 Jan 2024

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12 Jan 2024 at 4:45am

A Look Ahead

Important Dates

Sunday, March 17th

Cheesefare Sunday


Monday, March 25th

Great Feast: Annunciation of the Theotokos


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St. Michael's is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Wilmington and the local area. 

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
Wilmington, Delaware