Loving Support

The reason for my blog articles and podcasts

In today’s world, it is more important then ever for we Orthodox Christians to support one another in any way we can, that we “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

My reason for writing each day is to try and lend support to fellow believers who are struggling in today’s world. The hardships you face, both economically, socially and spiritually, are great, and keeping your life balanced can be difficult, as our Lord instructs us, to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). I have therefore tried to write about subjects that I feel are relevant to living the Orthodox life in today’s world. I am not a theologian, nor am I a patristic scholar. I am but a simple priestmonk who cares for my brothers and sisters who are struggling with life and are in need of support and comfort.

Please know that I love all of you, and that your holy prayers are coveted by this poor monk, wretched sinner that I am.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: My study, from where I record my podcasts, and write my blog articles. And a photo of the Kosovo bags that we sell in our monastery’s bookstore. Our bookstore is another way that demonstrates the tradition of monasteries showing loving support to pilgrims. This is the link to the Kosovo women who are trying to support their families by making these, and other, beautiful hand-made products. http://www.draganacmonastery.com/product-category/women-wool-collective/

Saturday August 18, 2018 / August 5, 2018
12th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Dormition (Theotokos) Fast. Food with Oil
Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.
Martyr Eusignius of Antioch (362).
New Hieromartyr Stephen priest (1918).
New Martyrs Eudocia and Novices Daria, Daria, and Maria (1919).
New Hieromartyr Simon bishop of Ufa (1921).
New Hieromartyr John deacon (1938).
Venerable Job the Gorge-dweller on the Mezen River (Solovki) (1628).
Hieromartyrs Fabian (250) and Antherus (Antheros) (257), popes of Rome.
Martyr Pontius at Cimella in France (257).
Martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian and Sibelius (Sobel), of Egypt.
Righteous Nonna (374), mother of St. Gregory the Theologian.
St. Oswald, king and martyr (642) (Celtic & British).
Venerable John (Jacob) of Neamp, the Chozebite (1960) (Romania).
New Martyr Chrestos of Preveza (1668).
Uncovering of the relics (1967) of St. Arsenius the New of Paros (1877).

The Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Glory Only in the Lord

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.

Matthew 20:29-34

Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight

29 Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. 30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

31 Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

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. Dear Father,
    your blog posts are a very great help to me and I often pass them on to my family. Thank you!

  2. i have made you and the monastery part of my daily prayers, Fr. Your daily readings have become a part of my Orthodox life.

  3. Thank you for your soul saving ministry! Your words and encouragement are part of my daily routine, along with my morning prayers. I pray for you and the monks daily. God bless you dear Father.☦️🙏🏽

  4. i read all your blogs and often pass them on to my children… I look forward to your wise words and they often hit the “mark”. I still remember our first meeting in Moscow in 2007 at the reunification of our Holy Orthodox Church-especially our visit to St. Sergius Holy Trinity Monastery in Radonezh.
    May God grant you many years!!

  5. Thank you so much for your blog and messages. It is a great encouragement when you are here to speak and love us through your ministry. All your messages should be read many times. You should them into your second “The Morning Offering” book in the future. The first book was a blessing. We need more with another volume. Pray about it. God bless you, go with God.

    1. Thank you. My love and prayers to you always. Reading your blog helps start my day with my thoughts toward God. I am thankful for your ministry. God bless you.

  6. Fr Bless. I’ve been reading your blog for the last three months. They have inspired me and nourished my soul. Your reader ( I don’t remember his name) but he comes to Reno every year. I’m with the St Johns Serbian Orthodox Church here in Reno. Fr James Barfield is our Priest. We have a separate bookstore which has brought around 90% of our converts to the faith. It is my joy to be able to come to the bookstore and work (not really work). My conversion came from hearing a lecture from Fr Herman of St Herman’s monastery in Platina Ca in 1987. In fact the monks from there started out mission here in 89. We didn’t have a Pruest for a long time then 15 yrs ago God sent us Fr James. Would you please put us on your prayer list. We have to move our Church by the end of O ct and need to find a place. Also I’m having major surgery on Aug 23 if you could also say a pray for me.
    God bless you for your loving ministry which has helped me to be more loving.
    In Christ. Nino Adams

  7. Dear father Tryphon; Maria my wife and I so enjoy The Morning offering . We set outside on our patio and read your message almost everyday. We are so inspired by your words of love, grace, guidance and theology. Thank you for your hard work putting these articals together. We are wanting to pay a visit to the monastery soon and we will be driving our 32 foot RV and towing a vehicle. Will we be able to cross on the farry with our vehicles? Or should we park the RV for a day and come across with the auto?

    May God continue his blessings in you ministry.
    Michael and Maria Hahn

    1. Although rather expensive, you can drive your 32 foot RV and a towed vehicle onto our ferries. You wouldn’t be able to drive that up our road, but could park below on the county road. You might want to check with our Chamber of Commerce about possible places to park overnight. It is always advisable to call the monastery before heading to the ferry, just to make sure we are open to visitors.

  8. Dear Father Tryphon, I can assure you that your daily writing in the Morning Offering does support me & I look forward to reading them before work. They often stay on my mind during the work day & I have had many discussions with my wife & brother in law on the various subjects. As a convert to Orthodoxy I feel I need to catch up because I wasn’t raised Orthodox,but you have helped me to better understand the faith.I thank you very much for all that you do.

  9. Thank you so much, Father Tryphon.
    Your daily blog is such a tremendous blessing. Always so thoughtfully and lovingly written. May the Lord grant you many years so you can continue to serve Him, and us (his lost sheep).

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