Ancestral Sin

Results in our inheritance of death

The fact that we Orthodox do not accept the doctrine of original sin as espoused in the West, does in no way suggest that we do not need to be born again (born anew). We believe, as did the Early Church Fathers, that we inherit only the results of Adams sin, not his guilt. This is known as ancestral sin because the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, resulted in our inheritance of death, sickness and an inclination toward evil. Christ’s death on the cross has its power, not in an atonement sacrifice, but in the conquering of the power of death. Death is trampled down by death, and it is by Christ’s resurrection that a way was made for us to be transformed by contact with the Living God, thus becoming his children by adoption.

We know from the Ancient Church Fathers that, had there not been a fall, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity would still have incarnated into the flesh and taken on our nature. It is by this condescension that our Creator God took on the nature of His creation, and that we have therefore been granted the opportunity of being deified ourselves, or as Saint Paul said, “become as gods”. Our journey into the heart culminates in theosis, where we are joined in everlasting communion with the very God Who created us. Saint Athanasius of Alexandria said, “The Son of God became man, that we might become gods,” and “becoming by grace what God is by nature”.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photo: Father Theoklitos (Kusemchak), a monk of Saint Anthony Monastery in Arizona, is spending a few days with us.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 / September 14, 2017
17th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.
Fast. Food with Oil

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
Fast day.
Repose of St. John Chrysostom (407).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1937).
“Lesna” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1696).
Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305).
St. Placilla the Empress (400), wife of Theodosius the Great.
St. Maria of Tarsus (607).
New Martyr Macarius of Thessalonica (Mt. Athos) (1527), disciple of St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople (Greek).
Uncovering of the relics (2000) of Sts. Alexandra, Martha and Helen of Diveyevo.
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (Greek).
Martyr Theocles and Child-martyr Valerian (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

John 12:28-36

28 Father, glorify Your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”

35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

1 Corinthians 1:18-24

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

John 19:6-11

6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our[a] law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.

10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

John 19:13-20

13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called ThePavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”

15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”

The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”

16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.

The King on a Cross

17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:


20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

John 19:25-28

Behold Your Mother

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

It Is Finished

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”

John 19:30-35

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. The Monastery is under the omophore of The Most Rev. Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. 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. Father,
    Where can I read more about the Orthodox view of original sin as you write about here today?
    Thank you,
    Pastor Jeff Tomlinson
    Baltimore, MD

  2. Father, what does an orthodox mother do/say, when her daughter reveals she is homosexual? I keep trying to bring light and truth to her but I’m constantly shut down and condemned and called a bible basher etc etc. my family have all abandoned me in support of my daughter and her choice in lifestyle which in turn has strengthened her cause – I’m heartbroken and at a loss, please help me! Thank you

    1. I too am concerned about Fr Tryphon and much value his “Morning Offering” but as much concerned that no advice has been given to Chris although I hope that perhaps he could do so outside the forum of this blog. Chris, until the good Father replies, step back from confrontation, give this into God’s hands, continue to love your daughter (as Jesus certainly does) and “be there” for her. I pray for you, your daughter and Abbot Tryphon.

  3. Father,
    I have been reading your blog every morning at the start of my day for the last 12 months. I haven’t seen your posts come through the last 2 days. I pray that you are well.

    Audubon, PA

  4. As a former Evangelical/Pentecostal, I find the Orthodox understanding of Ancestral Sin much more sensible than the Western Church’s teaching of Original Sin.
    However, this is the last Blog that I have seen from Abbot Tryphon, I am wondering if his health has suffered another set back? Would you be able to shed some light on the absence of The Morning Offering for the last two days.
    Yours in Christ
    Art Zaporozan

  5. I am concerned about Fr Tryphon. There has been no blog since 9/27. Can someone let us know what is
    going on. He is in our prayers.
    In Christ
    Fr Dcn George and Natalie

  6. Dear Abbot Tryphon, the Orthodox view of the Atonement (and original sin) is so beautiful and love-filled that it seems too good to be true.
    I’ve missed seeing your daily posts and am praying for you. I hope to see them start again soon… God bless,

    Luke from Moscow, Id

  7. Bless Fr. Tryphon,
    I pray everything is going well, I’ve greatly missed reading your blog in the mornings!

    In Christ,

  8. I pray you are doing okay. And the Lord will renew your strength. It been some days now since you’ve posted on your blog. Christ is Our Cornerstone!

  9. Help, I haven’t been receiving the Morning Offering for a few days and I look for it each morning. Is something wrong? I certainly hope not!

  10. Everyone, I emailed Ancient Faith and received a reply saying Abbott Tryphon was fine and was on “Hiatus”. That is somewhat reassuring but I believe in the past that Abbott has always said something when he was going to be gone?
    Prayers for Abbott Tryphon continues…

  11. Surprises me just how much I miss hearing your gentle voice each day. Thanking God for the reminder to pray for you. May He bless you richly with exactly what you need.

  12. Fr. Tryphon,
    It has been a week since you posted a blog, I’ve never seen you go this long without posting. I hope that you’re well, and that everything is ok!

  13. It is being widely circulated that you, Abbot Tryphon, have been forbidden to write your blog or record your podcasts. When I called the monastery about this, the monk who answered said he could not comment on this. I pray this is not the case, dear Abbot Tryphon, and that you will soon be blessing all of us with your spiritual writings, which mean so much to us all.

  14. to the comments herein: with all the chaos in the world, if hegumen tryphon is on hiatus, then someone from the monastery should put out a news release. if hegumen tryphon has indeed been silenced by the diocese then some one needs to minimize the speculation. have a good day pace e bene

  15. Your silence…?
    Father Tryphon, you are in my prayers.
    I am grateful for many an impulse you have shared and miss your daily morning offering .
    I respect silence as I respect fasting.
    As a doctor slightly younger than you I am also well aware of the health issues you have raised. I try to refrain from speculating – so much of our precious time in this life is wasted speculating.
    A short note as to the reason for your silence could help us stop speculating.
    May God bless you and those around you.

  16. I thank you father Tryphon for your wonderful blessings writing for us.

    I respect that you need silence with the Lord – we all do.

    And I am thankful to be able to read all the old posts you have written. One every day. And your book. I do not go to post office for books, but maybe one day I shall order this and hope it will go into my mailbox.

  17. Such love I see when I read these blogs. You all love him very much. Say your prayers, don’t speculate, keep peace in your heart. We miss him because he is our daily lives, just as Christ is. What a wonderful way to live.

    1. AMEN!!!!
      Father Tryphon,
      Thank you so much for these most blessed and loving messages of our most Loving and Merciful Christ. I find so much guidance in the messages Thank God for them. I am so incredibly grateful for your thoughts and words in Christ our Lord and Saviour
      Many blessings and Love in Christ +

  18. I too, have missed your daily blog as well as the daily readings. The daily devotions have brought my husband and I more gently through a difficult journey of a job loss and uncertainty of the future. I will not read between the lines after reading all of the above comments. Lord have Mercy on all of us! Please know you are missed and prayers are being said.

  19. I thank you, Fr. Tryphon, for all your wisdom , podcasts, and blogs. It is a great ministry. I hope that everything is all right for you and keep you and the monks at the monastery in my prayers. Love in Christ, Linda Lindley

  20. Thank you, Abbot Tryphon, for all your wonderful words of wisdom and the inspiration you give to all of us in our faith-journey. I have been missing your postings and am praying that God will sustain you. Perhaps you have once again had a health issue arise. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, praying that God will give you good health.
    May God bless you and the other monks at Vashon Island.

  21. Dear In Christ Abbot Tryphon and Hieromonk Paul, Your Blessing, Please,
    Thank you for letting us know you are well. You have been missed! I for one, along with many others I see am missing your posts, and very much hope that soon you will be continuing the morning offerings.
    In Christ, Susannah

  22. Dear Abbott, you are in my prayers.
    I pray for your physical and spiritual health. I also pray that you’ll have permission to ”blog” again in the near future. I invite all those that have been touched by this special ministry to leave in this blog a similar message. May it be seen as a PETITION from the people to the rightful authorities for the return of THE MORNING OFFERING.
    -In XC

  23. WJD *** What would Jesus Do??? How do we say censorship… Again there is a time to come where “Everyone” answers for their actions.

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