Creating harmony out of chaos

The inevitability of death is particularly difficult to face for most Americans, as we’ve become a people that eschew traditional funerals, preferring to “celebrate the life of our loved one, while disposing of the body, and banning any sign of death from the memorial service should we even decide to have a service. Yet the awareness of our own eventual death is the very thing we should be thinking about, if we want to be prepared for Eternity.

When we live our life focused on enjoyment, pleasure, and the acquisition of material goods, we enslave ourselves, and can only find freedom in God’s love. This love creates perfection and faultlessness, and when we think on our own death we become free to perform every task for God.

Our fallen and imprisoned heart is liberated, and becomes inflamed with the love of God when we enter into a relationship with Him. This love of God engenders a love that permeates our very essence, allowing us to love every person and every creature. Our heart burns with love. This love turns chaos into harmony and it is Divine energy and Divine strength that transforms us into the being God intended us to be. We are His child, deified and made whole, and the chaos of our lives is turned into harmony.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Friday November 10, 2017 / October 28, 2017
23rd Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Fast. Food with Oil

Great-martyr Parasceva of Iconium (3rd c.).
Martyrs Terence and Neonilla of Syria, and their children Sarbelus, Photus, Theodulus, Hierax, Nitus, Bele, and Eunice (249).
Venerable Stephen of St. Sabbas monastery, hymnographer (807).
St. Arsenius I of Srem, archbishop of Serbia (1266).
Repose of Venerable Job of Pochaev (1651).
St. Demetrius, metropolitan of Rostov (1709).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Archpriest Michael Lektorsky of Kuban (1920).
St. Arsenius of Cappadocia (1924).
Venerable Nestor (not the Chronicler) of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
St. Theophilus, fool-for-Christ of Kiev (1852).
Martyrs Africanus, Terence, Maximus, Pompeius, and 36 others, at Carthage (250).
Hieromartyr Cyriacus, patriarch of Jerusalem (363), and his mother Martyr Anna.
Venerable John the Chozebite, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (532).
Hieromartyr Neophytus, bishop of Urbnisi, Georgia (587) (Georgia).
St. Firmilian, bishop of Caesareain Cappadocia, and Venerable Malchion, presbyter (269).
St. Febronia, daughter of Emperor Heraclius (632).
Righteous Virgin Parasceva of Pirimin on the Pinega River (Archangelsk) (16th c.).
New Martyrs Angelis, Manuel, George, and Nicholas of Crete (1824) (Greek).
St. Athanasius I, patriarch of Constantinople (Mt. Athos) (1340) (Greek).
Protection of the Mother of God (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

John 10:1-9

Jesus the True Shepherd

10 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

1 Thessalonians 2:14-19

14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

Longing to See Them

17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. 18 Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what isour hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?

Luke 11:23-26

23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

An Unclean Spirit Returns

24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

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. Dear Reverend Father: Your comment about the Roman Church is truly hurtful for me. I think this is misguided. No one that I know has left the church because of the great scandal of priestly abuse of children. Many leave and use this as an excuse. These people find Christianity Not wanting But hard. You can always take the “high road” to justify your decisions. All Catholic Christians believe that the scandal is tragic and both priests and their bishops should be prosecuted, and even sent to prison. They have no place in the work of Jesus on earth. I detect a sense of superiority of East over West. Is is not better to pray that the damage caused will be healed? When all Christians are under attack, divisions among believers is made easier for those who despise the message of Jesus to work for the elimination of the Gospel

    1. Ireland has seen a huge departure of Catholic laypeople because of the massive coverup of this child abuse. Please believe me when I say that I did not write about this because of any sense of anti-Catholic sentiment, but simply wanting to speak the truth. In Seattle one rarely sees Catholic priests with clerical attire, because these priests do not want to be identified in people’s minds as possible child abusers. I’ve had many Catholic priest friends tell me this, so I’m not just assuming this to be the case. I truly believe part of the problem has been forced celibacy. Most of our Orthodox clergy are married, as we see that the celibate life is not for everyone. Add to the fact that many of the generation of RC clergy that produced child abusers were of the generation where they first attended seminary at high school age, when they were not fully sexually mature, and while not dating girls, as is the norm for most boys that age. Believe me, there are many Orthodox clergy, as well as police officers, Boy Scout leaders, politicians, and teachers (both men and women), who’ve been convicted of child abuse, so there are many reasons society has been facing this horrid problem.

  2. Roman Cathiolcs, Protestants and the various ministries have been instrumental in spreading the Gospel to all the corners of the earth. But have they brought the people into the Light of Christ and into the Life in Christ? Christ did not establish diverse ministeries each with its own rites and belief systems. Christ left the Church in the hands of the Apostles who under the guidance of the Holy Spirit would keep It in all Truth. So a movement away from the Church is a movement away from the guidance of the Holy Spirit and also a movement away from Christ. Such a movement is always under demonic influence. The split between East and West was primarily over the heresies of the Filioque and the Papal claims….untruths proclaimed as Truths…though rivalry, political and economic factors had already played a significant role in the alienation of the West from the East. By their fruits ye shall know them. The West continued on its heretical path leading to the Reformation and the further fragmentation into the ministeries that we have today. The dogmatized claim of infallibility of the Papal office was a direct usurping of the Headship of Christ and a direct challenge to the Holy Spirit. Can such a church that has rejected the very Foundations of the Church really bring people into the Way, the Truth and the Life? I think not. Such a church is a preparation, perhaps like St John the Baptist was a preparation for Christ. That is to say the Catholic church today does not deliver valid Sacraments. That is the difference between the Eastern and Western Churches today. This does not at all touch on the question of Salvation which is entirely in the hands of Christ at the Final Judgement….and a lot more will be demanded of those in the Church who should have known and done better. However as true Baptized children of God, the Church gives a person the rights as of a child to its parents, absolutely indispensable before the dread Judgement seat of Christ.

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