The United States

A pre-soviet society that would be the end of our freedom

“What began in Russia will end in America.” ~Elder Ignatius of Harbin, Manchuria

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”, explained how the Russian revolution and the communist takeover were facilitated by an atheistic mentality that lead to the secularization of Russia, and alienated the people from God and traditional Christian morality and beliefs. He rightly concluded: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

Godlessness is always the first step towards tyranny and oppression! As we American Christians witness, first-hand, the secularization of our great country, we understand the evil that is taking root, and how we Americans have become a people deceived by an atheism that is ripping our beloved country from us, and converting it into something sadly like the Russian land, before she was taken down the road to perdition by Soviet Communism.

Under the militant radicalism of many so-called “liberal” and “progressive” elites, God has been progressively erased from our public and educational institutions, to be replaced with all manner of delusion, perversion, corruption, violence, decadence, and insanity.

Marxist ideologies and secularist principles have engulfed our culture and perverted the mainstream thinking, causing individual freedoms and liberties to rapidly disappear. Consequently, we Americans are feeling a powerlessness, as we are subjugated by some of the most radical and hypocritical, least democratic, and characterless individuals our society has ever produced.

It is all the more imperative that we fervently pray for our country, and give witness to the importance of Christ in our lives. The secularization that is taking place must not be allowed to take hold, but must be pushed back by us. We must stand firm against this radical takeover, and as warriors for our faith, battle against the destructive power of the evil enemy of our salvation.

With love in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photo: Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, imploded by the Soviets, and rebuilt by the faithful, following the fall of communism.

A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholics, of Antioch and All the East:

Sunday April 15, 2018 / April 2, 2018
Second Sunday of Pascha: Antipascha, St. Thomas Sunday.

“Sladkoe lobzanie” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.) (movable holiday on the Antipascha).
Venerable Titus the Wonderworker (9th c.).
Martyrs Amphianus (Apphianus) and Edesius (Aedesius) of Lycia (306).
Martyr Polycarp of Alexandria (4th c.).
Venerable Gregory, ascetic of Nicomedia (1290).
St. George of Matskveri Monastery (9th c.) (Georgia).
St. Nicetius of Lyons (573) (Gaul).
Virgin-martyr Theodora of Palestine (Greek).
St. Sabbas, archbishop of Crimea (11th c.).

The Scripture Readings

Matthew 28:16-20

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Acts 5:12-20

Continuing Power in the Church

12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

Imprisoned Apostles Freed

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

John 20:19-31

The Apostles Commissioned

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Seeing and Believing

24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”

So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

That You May Believe

30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

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. The empire created the Syrian civil war by sending arms it had obtained from it’s destruction of Libya to the Syrian rebels. The empire also shamelessly supported Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria as proxy warriors in its intense desire to remove Assad from power. These several gas attacks over the past few years, always at times when Assad’s forces were winning, have all been shown to be false flag operations, a favorite imperial method since before the Gulf of Tonkin. The gas attacks are clearly the work of the the Syrian rebels who have the means to carry them out and the most to gain. Just ask the question, who benefits from these evil deeds? The rebels have nothing to lose and everything to gain by killing innocents in an effort to trigger intervention on their behalf. This fact is supported by close study of the photographs taken of each one of these atrocities that show the bodies of children being repositioned in different photos, the same bodies even being moved to different locations to magnify the numbers of the dead. These facts are well known to the powers behind the imperial leadership, but they did hesitate to use lies to trigger the empire’s invasion of Iraq, and they are quite comfortable using these lies and illusions in order to justify doing to Syria what it did to Iraq and Libya.

    The evil Soviet empire razed Christ the Savior Cathedral to the ground, building in its place an enormous swimming pool. The rebuilding of this cathedral is a testimony to the resolve of the Russian people who suffered under that empire for 70 years. There is still an evil empire today. Unfortunately it’s not the same one Reagan was talking about. Thank you for the link you included to the joint letter from the Middle Eastern hierarchies, it is required reading.

  2. This is the first time this man has become political – and passionate about it. Sounds a lot like the small town
    southern crowd in the Harper Lee’s mid-50’s novel I’m currently listening to.
    He should realize that when one enters a monastery one leaves the world, and its political trends, behind … that one enters a new political realm … a Kingdom .. . sufficient unto Itself, and not dependent on the vagaries of human political, social and moral vicissitudes.
    He must learn to begin looking away from the world, directing his attention to the perpetual Creator of the
    world … whose Kingdom it is … Whose Power it is … and Whose Glory it is … if he ever wishes to see all the wonderful, pure and harmonious divine qualities reflected in the conduct – the social, political and religious tendencies – of men.

    1. Monastics have always held a traditional role serving the world as prophets, warning of transgressions against God’s laws by governments, countries, and political leaders. I therefore do not believe my article is “political”. My words are a call to God’s people to rise up and defend, by their prayers and example, a nation that has turned from God. I agree that monastics should not involve themselves in politic, and do not vote.

      1. If a sentence like the following is not “political”, I don’t know what is:
        “Marxist ideologies and secularist principles have engulfed our culture and perverted the mainstream thinking, causing individual freedoms and liberties to rapidly disappear.”

        1. So then friend, what are you really trying to say? Because Abbot Tryphon is a Monk, you do not want him to say anything about society? We have seen certain social systems rise, destroy and fall. One can speak about those systems and the damage they have done, can do, and are doing, without being “political”. He is not endorsing any party or person, as seen in Western Christianity. Perhaps if you take a fresh look through the Old Testament you will find prophets of God doing the same. They serve God and the people by being the “voice in the wildnerness” if you will.

      2. Actually, I appreciate monastics and other religious people entering discussions about public life. Father Tryphon, in your message, you invoke “liberal”and “progressive” “elites” and other language which has politically loaded words in current usage. While I disagree with you, you should certainly speak out.

        To me, the fundamental issue is your presentation of what a secular society is. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, so that all people could follow their own particular faiths without fear of persecution. We must maintain a secular public life — this is what permits Orthodoxy and other minority religions to carry on. What we see in other countries where a particular religion becomes dominant is that it oppresses other faiths. Therefore, America’s founding fathers specifically limit the ability of religion to control public life. Thus, we permit all forms of belief — and unbelief — to live together in one country.

        1. My main point is not to denigrate either the left or the right, but simply to point out that Christianity is being forcibly marginalized in the United States, and “politically correct” views, such as lifestyle issues and criticism of Islam, are being imposed to such a degree that those who would disagree are being portrayed as bigots. As well, traditional Christian moral issues are forcibly being shuttled to the side, and public displays of our Christian faith, criminalized.

  3. What a great article. It’s not political, it’s reality. Just today, my friend told me about a program in our grade schools where children from 4 years old to 12 are being taught about “acceptable forms” of the “alternative” lifestyle. It’s being implemented in schools all over America. This is indoctrination. We must speak up against evil in all forms. Has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with speaking out against things that go against the clear moral teachings in the Bible and being salt and light in a decaying world.

    Thank you

    1. In Sweden 10 years ago the RFSL (National Association for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queera Rights.) wrote on their homepage for persons to go into the small classes in school and talk about everybody’s rights, they needed more people to do it for them.. I looked there because a friend from
      Chechnya was horrified that her 8 year old boy came back home and said that they had told him in school that a boy could marry a boy. . Later you would find papers from this organisation payed by the government lying in the waiting -room at the school-nurse. Or on the tables outside for the students with awful articles.
      I was shocked too .

  4. Fr. Bless! Christ is Risen! Thank you for sharing this message and the attachment from the Syrian Orthodox Council. I have never believed that Pres. Assad wants anything other than peace for his country. I also believe he has never used any chemical weapons on his own people. I have shared the link from the Patriarch on my FB Page. I pray that one, if not more friends will read this and know the truth.

    In Christ,
    Cheryl May

    1. It is shocking to me that so many people become enraged when I share my view that President Assad has not used chemical warfare against his own people. Western politicians on both sides of the political spectrum have presented a one-sided image of both Assad and President Putin, that is totally fabricated. Sad.

      1. I would not say that I’m enraged, Father. I’m more surprised and disappointed in you. I appreciate the trials that the Syrian and Russian people have been through. But your characterizations of Assad and Putin are at variance with the work of good journalists from around the world who have reported from Syria and Russia.

        1. Johnmeli: I’m disappointed in you. As Mark Twain once said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”

          If you trust the mainstream media (no matter the quality of the journalistic skills) and assume their owners have no agenda, you are sadly mistaken. Even the Washington Post is owned by the same man that owns Big business, the media and the government all in bed together with the industrial complex leading the pack of wolves.

          You should compare what you read by your “journalists” with that of the fine journalists of the rest of the world.

          It is well documented that the media lied to us about the Gulf of Tongkin and got us into Vietnam. They lied about the Iraqi war crimes which began the first Iraq War. They lied about “weapons of mass destruction” and we started the 2nd Iraq War. They lied about the Libyan war crimes so we could overthrow Gaddafi. Then there were the lies about genocide so we could bomb Orthodox Serbs and help Muslim Albanians take the holy land of Kosovo and Metohija. And now they present this false flag gas attack, for which we began bombing BEFORE a team had even landed to investigate properly what had even happened.

          1. Joe, it’s hard to argue with Mark Twain. And it’s also hard to argue with someone named “Joe Friday” LOL.

            You’ve got a good point. I might be misinformed. It’s a complicated world, with lots of competing media, and many of the news outlets are untrustworthy. I don’t agree with your reading of all those world events. I stand by what I said.

          2. Although I’ve never known a “Joe Friday”, I did date a woman back in the 70’s, whose name was “Mary Christmas”. That said, you have an unforgettable name, Joe!

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