The Planting of a Monastery (chapter 13)

The Miracle

In the middle of September 1999, John Noe drove up from Vancouver, WA, to join the monks for a public hearing concerning a sand mining operation that would remove one-tenth of Maury Island. A short distance from the monastery (Vashon Island is actually two connecting island), the Glacier Northwest, a Japanese owned mining company, was requesting permission from the State of Washington and King County to begin an operation that would run twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and stretch a potential twenty years. The noise level would negatively impacted many households, including the monastery’s, and endangered our sole aquifer.

As John approached the final approach to the ferry crossing to Vashon Island, he was later to recount how the steering wheel seemed to move on it’s own, and he found himself driving into the parking lot of a Bank of America branch. He figured he’d subconsciously needed cash from the ATM machine so he drove around the building and saw a branch of a small community bank in the rear. Since John had been helping the monastery in our attempt to find a financial institution that would loan us the money to purchase the neighboring property, he felt inspired to ask just one more time.

He walked into the bank, sat down at the desk of the Assistant Manager and proceeded to tell her the recent history of the monastery, and the Abbot’s problems with the owner of the property in question. John found her to be an enthusiastic ally to the possibility of loaning the monastery the needed funds to purchase the eleven acres. When she presented her business card, John saw this whole encounter as providential, for her name was Connie Pentecost!

Within a short period of time John informed us that the bank had agreed to make the loan, so the monastery, through our attorney, contacted the attorney for the owner, and we made an offer on the property. The offer was rejected, but with the cooperation of the bank, John acted as a “straw” buyer. The bank was willing to keep the true buyer, the monastery, a secret until the deal was accomplished. Without this kind of cooperation we would not have been allowed to purchase the property.

Meanwhile, our the attorneys negotiated an agreement whereby the monastery would ask the State of Washington to drop all charges against our neighbor, and he, in turn, would agree to ask the court to drop the financial judgement against us.

On the morning of September 27th, John signed, in escrow, the purchase documents and then executed a Nominee excise tax affidavit and a quick claim deed to the Monastery, with Connie Pentecost holding bank loan documents which had already been executed by the Monastery. At approximately 11:00 AM the following morning, the transaction was recorded in King County, and the money was wired to escrow.

This whole trial that had begun with the desecration of the cross, and the assault of the abbot, ended with the monastery taking possession of the property on The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: Washington Orthodox Clergy Association members gather in the Monastery’s courtyard.

Memory Eternal! I just received word from Archbishop Kyrill that Schema-Archdeacon Amvrosi, of Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, fell asleep in the Lord at approximately 2:15 on the morning of November 26. Memory eternal, O Lord, grant unto Thy servant Amvrosi.

Sunday November 26, 2017 / November 13, 2017
25th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone eight.

St. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople (407).
Martyrs Antoninus, Nicephorus, and Germanus of Caesarea in Palestine (308).
Martyr Manetha of Caesarea in Palestine (308).
New Martyr Damascene of Mt. Athos (1681).
St. Bricius, bishop of Tours (444) and St. Quintianus, bishop of Clermont (525) (Gaul).
St. Euphrasius, bishop of Clermont (515) (Gaul).
St. Leonien of Vienne (518) (Gaul).

The Scripture Readings

Mark 16:9-20

Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.

The Great Commission

14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand

19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Ephesians 4:1-6

Walk in Unity

4 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Luke 10:25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

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.

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