November 9 / October 27

Abbot Tryphon, contemplating old age.

Saints of the Day

Martyr Nestor of Thessalonica. Martyrs Capitolina and Eroteis of Cappadocia Martyr Mark of the isle of Thasos. St. Nestor the Chronicler of the Kiev Caves. Opening of the Relics of St. Andrew, prince of Smolensk. St. Cyriacus, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Procla, wife of Pontius Pilate

Quote of the Day

“We who have received baptism offer good works, not by way of repayment, but to preserve the purity given to us.”

Saint Mark the Ascetic

“The Philokalia”

Photo of the Day

“An old man must never pass a restroom, without going in.” Winston Churchill (I just turned 65, today! Abbot Tryphon)

Scripture Readings for the Day

2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2

10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this His goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2

The Great Apostasy

1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

Luke 11:1-10

The Model Prayer

1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:       Our Father in heaven,
      Hallowed be Your name.
      Your kingdom come.
      Your will be done
      On earth as it is in heaven.
       3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
       4 And forgive us our sins,
      For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
      And do not lead us into temptation,
      But deliver us from the evil one.” 

A Friend Comes at Midnight

5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

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. TODAY is your birthday?? Many, many years! If it's any consolation, I will be 64 on December 24 — not too far behind you. (Probably not much consolation, as I find myself wondering sometimes if *anybody* is older than I am…)

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