Tuesday, August 18 / August 5 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!

Saints of the Day

August 5 / 18. Forefeast of the Transfiguration. Martyr Eusignius of Antioch. Martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian and Sibelius (Sobel) of Egypt. Martyr Pontius at Cimella in France. Hieromartyrs Fabian and Antherus (Antheros), popes of Rome. Righteous Nonna, mother of St. Gregory the Theologian.

Photo of the Day

Abbot Tryphon,  preaching the homily during the Patronal Liturgy.
Thought of the Day:

…Let us not be scared, practisers of the prayer of Jesus, either by winds or waves! By winds I mean diabolic thoughts and imaginings, and by waves the revolt of the passions aroused by thoughts and reveries. From the midst of the most furious storm, with perseverance, courage and weeping you will cry to the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will rebuke the winds and waves. And having learnt from experience the omnipotence of Jesus, we shall render to Him due adoration, saying: Thou are indeed the Son of God (Matt. 14:33).
Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov
“On the Prayer of Jesus”

Scripture Readings for the Day

2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

2 Corinthians 3

Christ’s Epistle

1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

Matthew 23:23-28

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. I Love your quote…<br />Living the evangelical life of Orthodox monasticism in witness to the salvific truth of the Gospels of our Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ.<br />Thanks for your stand against the wiles of the God of this world, Satan!

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