Stop Complaining

Complaining weakens our resolve

If we are always complaining about how unfairly we are treated, we will have failed in our imitation of Christ, Who was abused by His enemies unto death. We should strive to reign with Our Lord by loving our enemies and never complain. Christ looked towards His Heavenly Father and when we are tempted to complain we should gaze upon the cross.

Complaining disturbs the heart and distracts us from the Path. Complaining weakens our resolve and interferes with the acquisition of peace and holiness. When we complain we are rejecting the role of suffering as a means towards the union with God. Complaining keeps our heart from soaring to the heavens and experiencing the joy that can be had when we surrender ourselves into the protective arms of Jesus.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: Scenes from Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco on the day of the consecration of Bishop James.

Friday November 8, 2019 / October 26, 2019
21st Week after Pentecost. Tone three.
Fast. Food with Oil
Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica (306).
Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople in 740 A.D.
Venerable Theophilus of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1482).
Martyr Luppos (306).
Venerable Athanasius of Medikion Monastery (814).
Venerable Demetrius of Basarbov in Bulgaria (1685).
Venerable Demetrius (14th c.).
St. Anthony, bishop of Vologda (1588).
St. Cedd, bishop of Lastingham (664) (Celtic & British).
St. Eata, bishop of Hexham and abbot of Lindisfarne (686) (Celtic & British).
Martyr Ioasaph, monk of Mt. Athos, disciple of St. Niphon of Constantinople (1536) (Greek).
St. Alexander Okropiridze, bishop of Guria and Mingrelia, Georgia (1907) (Georgia).
Martyrs Artemidorus and Basil (Greek).
Martyr Leptina (Greek).
Martyr Glycon (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

Matthew 10:16-22

Persecutions Are Coming

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Luke 11:23-26

23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

An Unclean Spirit Returns

24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

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. What is the name of the nun’s Monastery? We know your name Father Tryphon and that of Bishop James. Do the Nuns have names. Just wondering who they are in this beautiful Cathedral Parish?

    1. The nun’s name is Mother Thekla of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, California, part of the Orthodox Church in America. They are a wonderful, joyous community, and I consider them my friends and sisters.

  2. Dear Father

    I would like to share with your readers how inspirational you were to my family. Like you always say father, there are no “it just happens”
    All is allowed by God and His mercy. The feast of Mother of God icon- joy of all sorrow, the holy myrrh-streaming Hawaiian icon of the Mother of God, and all the bishops and consecration of Bishop James and countless clergy. Lots going on. Yet you took time to spend with our family. Time that was so meaningful that words cannot express. On Wednesday you were our angel unaware.

    I am sharing this to let everyone know that we all can be of help with nothing more but love, time, compassion.

    God grant you many years!!!!!!!!!

  3. Greetings, Father! Thank you for sharing the photos of the consecration. I deeply regret that I was not able to attend. It was nice to see so many of my friends. “Nunhelen” asked about the nuns in the photos. The last one is of Mother Abbess Dorothea and Sister Seraphima from St. Xenia Skete in Wildwood, CA, west of Redding. Both the Skete and Holy Assumption are wonderful, welcoming monasteries!

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