The New Holocaust

We must recognize infanticide and abortion for the evil that it is

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

Washington, Oregon, New York, and California, allow for the killing of newborn infants. Calling it late term abortion, it is in reality, the murder of newly born children. That the United States has lowered the moral and spiritual level to allow the holocaust of our own children, is beyond belief.

I see absolutely no difference between the Nazi slaughter of innocent men, women, and children, and the taking of a child’s life through abortion. Aborting children in the early stages of development was heinous. The fact that millions were being aborted simply for the convenience of the mother was even worse. And now, we’re being told that it is not only acceptable, but a celebrated choice to end a child’s life at full term. This is pure, unadulterated evil.

As a young man growing up in a German Lutheran Church in Spokane, WA. I prayed God would have granted me the courage to speak up and denounce the slaughter of innocents at the hands of the Nazis had I been alive during World War II.  How can anyone who says he loves God, ignore the plight of millions of children who are murdered each year? Are we to remain silent, as did so many Germans under the Nazis, or are we to be bold in our refusal to remain silent concerning this new holocaust?

There is absolutely no difference between allowing a newly born child to die alone on a hospital table, and the holocaust done by the Nazis. Abortion and infanticide have no place in a nation that places so much emphasis on the importance of human rights, gay rights, women’s rights, and the rights of immigrants. We must wake up to the evil that has taken our country, and we must speak out against this evil.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: Archimandrite Arsenie (Popa), abbot of Sihastria Monastery in Romania (made famous by the Elder Cleopa​)​ visited our monastery on Tuesday, along with some of his monks.

Thursday February 7, 2019 / January 25, 2019
37th Week after Pentecost. Tone three.
St. Gregory the Theologian, archbishop of Constantinople (389).
Venerable Anatole I (Zertsalov, the “Elder”) of Optina (1894).
New Hieromartyr Vladimir, metropolitan of Kiev, proto-martyr of the communist yoke in Russia (1918).
New Martyr Abbess Margaret (Gunaronulo) of Menzelino (1918).
New Hieromartyr Peter archbishop of Voronezh (1929).
New Hieromartyr Basil bishop of Priluksk. 1930).
New Martyr Abbess Athanasia (Lepeshkin) of Zosima Hermitage (1931).
St. Stephen priest, martyr Boris (1938).
St. Moses, archbishop of Novgorod (1362).
Martyrs Felicitas of Rome and seven sons: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalis, and Martial (164).
Venerable Publius, ascetic of Syria (380).
Venerable Mares the Singer of Syria (430).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Assuage My Sorrow” and “Unexpected Joy.”.
New Martyr Auxentius of Constantinople (1720) (Greek).
Martyr Medula and her companions (Greek).
St. Castinus, bishop of Byzantium (240) (Greek).
Venerable Demetrius Skevophylax (“Keeper of the Sacred Vessels”) of Constantinople (8th c.) (Greek).
Venerable Apollo of the Thebaid, monk (4th c.) (Greek).
St. Bretanion (Vetranion), bishop of Tomis (380) (Romania).
St. Gregory of Golutvin (15th c.).
St. Dwyn, virin of Llandwyn.

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.

James 4:7-5:9

Humility Cures Worldliness

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse yourhands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Do Not Judge a Brother

11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged

5 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

Be Patient and Persevering

7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

Mark 11:27-33

Jesus’ Authority Questioned

27 Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him. 28 And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?”

29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: 30 The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

31 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From men’ ”—they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. 33 So they answered and said to Jesus, “We do not know.”

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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. This is exactly what my husband and I have discussed. We pray that people will wake up to this horrible cruelty. Speak out often on this and may we all pray daily for this to end. Thank you for calling it exactly what it is.

    1. Fr. Tryphon,
      As a counselor I wonder often about motives behind actions. I have read surveys about these least religious states/ cities and NY, CA, WA, OR, MA. are always at the top. The motives appear mire evident. A holy spirit lived life, a non follower of Christ will not value life not have the conscience of a true Christ follower. Luke warm Christians will sit by and do,little or will join in on society. I say this as haven’t been all 3 of these persons.
      We need Christians to offer these women living water much sooner then before their pregnancy but definitely during it and the day of labor.
      The motive to allow your child to die comes from the water al struggle of passions and virtues. Virtuous living is very much needed yet rapidly declining. The church has a message that I hope is one of loyalty to the family of the pregnant mother do that she knows live for something besides self love, as that is only narcissism.

  2. Thank you, Abbot Tryphon for standing up to this horror! It is imperative all faiths oppose this denial of the sanctity of life. First our defenseless children, then our aged, then our impaired, then you and me!

  3. Need to raise our voices anywhere, anyway and be counted for as opposed to this horrible law that is passed in some states and being considered in others. How do we unite as a strong coalition of a pro-life group? on the political front? Church front? Civic front? Marches? Media? Pulpit? We cannot remain silent….

  4. Praying about this very issue this morning in our community Pastor’s Prayer meeting! How this must grieve the heart of God! We prayed specifically this morning for Congress and other powers that be to not only end this, but to make preparations for Adoptions instead of Abortions.
    Thank You Father,
    Pastor Jeff

  5. Can this be the the rock bottom that our own lawless government,mainly the so called Democrats, can legislate without fearing retribution from the Creator of heaven and earth for violating His spiritual laws,Holy Trinity our God have Mercy on us sinners☦☦☦🙏😪

  6. bless father hegumen:
    thank you for this reflection. i have been preaching on this since 18 january 2019.
    last week the the united states senate, by senator sasse, nebraska, was asked to consider a sense of the senate resolution on this in light of the proliferation of legislation in numerous states since 22 january 2019 signing of the reproductive health act by the governor of new york.
    the senator from washington, senator murray objected under the grounds that this is not what the bill states. the resolution sadly died under the rules of the united states senate.
    well, i am confused. the governor of virginia, a pediatric neurologist stated from a clinical point of view of what this legislation provided for. the governor was interviewed on wtop-fm in the nation’s capital.
    pace e bene, father hegumen
    father john

  7. A woman once convinced a frightened 17 year old to allow her baby to be adopted by a childless couple. The child lived happily ever after.
    Encouraged to fight abortion, the woman convinced another 17 year old to let her baby be adopted. The teenager’s mom had the woman fired.

    Moral of the story
    Speaking out against abortion is one of the highest achievements of humanity and one of the most heroic examples of sacrificial love.

    Post script
    The woman is still counseling 17 year olds to love God and to love internal neighbors

  8. Approximately 3.1 million children die from undernutrition each year (UNICEF, 2018a). Hunger and undernutrition contribute to more than half of global child deaths, as undernutrition can make children more vulnerable to illness and exacerbate disease (UNICEF, 2018a). An additional 160 million children under the age of 5 have stunted growth due to undernutrition. In 2017, 4.1 million (75% of all under-five deaths) occurred within the first year of life (WHO, Global Health Observatory data). Both child and infant mortality are greatest in Africa by a factor of 6 to 8 times the rate in Europe.

    In 2015, 638,169 legal induced abortions in the United States were reported to CDC. Compared with 2014, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions for 2015 decreased 2%. Additionally, from 2006 to 2015, the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 24%, 26%, and 19%, respectively. In 2015, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2006—2015) (Source: the CDC).

    Although abortion is a huge moral issue everywhere, it is only part of a much wider genocide. A recent UN report stated that in 2017, “More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts worldwide last year, while others were raped, forced to serve as soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals…The 21,000 violations of children’s rights included 10,000 who were slain or maimed, especially in Iraq, Myanmar, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen,” the report said.

    None of these facts are presented in order to minimize the importance of eliminating abortion. And, thankfully, statistics show that over the last ten years fewer women have chosen to have abortions. However, the children who are born into this world desperately need help. Reverence for life requires extending our compassion to all people and living things, to paraphrase Albert Schweitzer.

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