Our Patronal Feast

The Feast of Christ the All-Merciful Saviour

Today our brotherhood celebrates the Patronal Feast of our monastery. Thirty-three years ago the beloved and ever memorable Archimandrite Dimitri (Egoroff) of Santa Rosa, CA tonsured Father Paul and me as Orthodox monks, having embraced Orthodoxy after many years as monks in the Eastern Catholic Church. Guided and inspired by Father Dimitri’s kind and prayerful spirit, and a wisdom and holiness gained through his many years of monastic struggle, our brotherhood was planted on the firm ground of the Russian monastic tradition.

It was thirty-three years ago we chose to place ourselves under the banner of the All-Merciful Saviour, and the protection of the Holy Virgin. We chose Saint John the Wonderworker of Shanghi and San Francisco, as our patron, seeing in him the sanctity, simplicity, and holiness that we’d found in our blessed Father Dimitry of Santa Rosa, California.

It was thirty-three years ago that All-Merciful Saviour Monastery was founded, and thirty-one years ago that, after a six month search, we moved the monastery from a working class neighborhood in Richmond, CA., to Vashon Island, with the blessing of our bishop.

It has been a journey filled with poverty, suffering, and persecution, yet because of these experiences, the monastery has risen like a phoenix. Planted like a garden in the midst of a beautiful forest, on an island, in the Salish Sea of the Puget Sound region of the State of Washington, we look in wonder at all God has given us.

For all this we offer our heartfelt thanks, and “to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (I Timothy 1:17).”

The actual Feast Day of the monastery was this past Wednesday, but because I was in Alaska, we chose to commute the celebration to Saturday, August 17th. To our friends and benefactors, we want you to know how grateful we are for your financial and prayerful support.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

My thanks to all of you who were praying for me while on my pilgrimage to Alaska. I arrived safely back in my monastery, with a grateful heart for the love and kindness I received from Archbishop David, his priests and deacons, and all the wonderful people I met in Anchorage, Kodiak, Spruce Island, and Saint Paul Island. It was truly like being with family.

Saturday August 17, 2019 / August 4, 2019
9th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.
Dormition (Theotokos) Fast. Food with Oil
Holy Seven Youths (the “Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine) and Antoninus (250 & 5th c.).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Prozgrov) (1930).
New Hieromartyr Michael, Martyrs Simeon and Demetrius (1937).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Alexis, priest of Bortsumany, Nizhni-Novgorod (2000).
Martyr Eudocia of Persia (362).
Martyr Eleutherius of Constantinople (4th c.).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Arsenius of Elasson.
“Kazan-Penza” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aitolia, Equal to the Apostles (1779) (Greek).
Martyr Ia and 9,000 with her in Persia (Greek).
Martyr Tathuil (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

Romans 14:6-9

6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Matthew 15:32-39

Feeding the Four Thousand

32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”

34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”

And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.

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. Peace…..Thanks be to God you arrived home safely bringing wonderful memories home and leaving some there with the people. Again, the photos are lovely and you do have a very beautiful spot given to your community by God.

    I enjoyed reading Romans 14:6-9 about the do’s and don’ts for and not for God! Another good reminder……

    God bless you and your community as you celebrate this special day together in and for the Lord!

  2. Father,
    Blessings on you, your safe and profitable trip to Alaska, and the commemoration of the Monastery.
    May God grant all of you his richest blessings!

    1. Hi Father bless,

      Glad you had a wonderful trip to Alaska. Glad you returned safely to the monastery.

      The photos were amazing, thank you for including all of us in your journey.

      Blessings on your feast day.

  3. Above a bed in the guest room at the Lady of Kazan skete hangs a white painted cross with Father Dimitry’s name still visible on it.

    Blessings on this holy feast day and your safe return trip from Alaska. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures!

  4. Congratulations on your Feast Day! May the Lord continue to bless the work you and the brothers at the Monastery do.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It is always wonderful to see the larger community of our brothers and sisters in Christ and to see how truly blessed we are to to have Him watching over us and guiding us.

  5. I’m so glad to have stumbled across this site–the photos and daily blog postings are a wonderful way to start the day. Thank you for all your work and thoughtful words. Congratulations on your anniversary and may you have many more prosperous years of sharing wisdom and joy with us.

  6. O Lord Jesus Christ. Son of God, Have Mercy Upon All Merciful Savior Monastery and through their prayers Have Mercy upon me a Sinner! God Bless You and your other fellow brothers in monasticism, and God Grant you all many years to repent!

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