We must strive to always be truthful

In our daily encounters with our spouses, family, friends, and coworkers, we must always strive to be truthful. Deceitfulness must never be allowed to be a part of our life, for deceitfulness in relationships with others will always translate into being untruthful with God. Our relationships with others and our relationship with God are intertwined, for honesty is the basis of a Christian life. Habitual dishonesty prevents us from growing deeper in our faith. Straight-forward and truthful behavior with others, leads to straight-forwardness and sincere faith in God.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Saturday January 18, 2020 / January 5, 2020
31st Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Fast. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Saturday before the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Eve of the Theophany (Kreshchenskyi Sochelnik).
Fast Day.
Martyrs Theopemptus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Theonas (303).
Venerable Syncletica of Alexandria (350).
New Hieromartyr Joseph and with him 37 Martyrs (1921).
Virgin-martyr Eugenia (1933).
New Hieromartyr Sergius priest (1934).
Martyr Matthew (1938).
Venerable Symeon of the Pskov Caves (1960).
Prophet Micah (9th c. B.C.).
Venerable Apollinaris of Egypt (470).
Sts. Phosterius the Hermit and Menas of Sinai (6th c.).
Venerable Gregory of Crete, monk (820).
Martyr Theoidus.
Martyr Sais.
St. Tatiana.
New Monk-martyr Romanus of Carpenision, who suffered at Constantinople(1694).
New Hieromartyr Romanus of Lacedaemonia (1695).
St. Menas of Sinai (6th c.).
Translation of the relics of St. Rumon, bishop, to Tavistock.

The Scripture Readings

1 Timothy 3:14:4-5 Saturday before the Nativity
Matthew 3:1-11 Saturday before the Nativity
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 Vespers
Luke 3:1-18
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 Blessing of Waters, Epistle
Mark 1:9-11 Blessing of Waters, Gospel

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

    Wishing you a blessed feast day!!!!

    Your words of what true orthodoxy is about, is really awesome. Every blog I read, I come away with knowledge I did not have before. The simplicity of your sermon really speaks to the heart of the matter. May God grant you many years in this endeavor.

    May the Holy Angels protect you in your travels.

  2. Dear Father,
    Perfectly expressed for our time….
    A soothing reminder when the value of TRUTH seems lost at times. Your insights start my day. Grateful. Debbe

  3. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” My mother taught me this phase when I was very young and it was to leave an imprint on my mind that lying will just turn into more lies and cover-ups. Also to be who we are and not something else. That would be humble, accepting ourselves as ourselves – faults and all and live with God in His grace. God bless!

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