The Coronavirus

Here’s a tip from the experts to help you and your household stay safe from coronavirus COVID-19.

Don’t let the virus in. That’s the best way to avoid getting sick. Here are some action steps to help you keep the virus away.

Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Stay home and do not go out in public when you are sick.

Avoid medical settings in general unless necessary. If you are ill in any way call your doctor’s office first before going in.

Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes as much as possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities, limit your time there and keep 6 feet away from patients.
Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency medical services need to serve the most critical needs first. If you have a cough, fever, or other symptoms, call your regular doctor first.

Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.

Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Disinfecting wipes and regular household cleaners are effective.
Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.

I must also remind my beloved readers, we need not fear receiving the Holy Body and Blood of Our Saviour, from the holy spoon. The Mysteries are for healing of body and soul, and there is NO chance of getting the coronavirus while receiving Holy Communion. Kissing the icons, the priest’s hand, or venerating the cross at the end of Liturgy, might be something we should consider avoiding, but we should not fear receiving the very thing that gives us life. My own Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco issued instructions that zapivka (wine after communion) be served to the communicants from individual paper cups until the coronavirus ends, and that there be baskets next to the zapivka table, for the used paper cups to be deposited.

Meanwhile, let us all repent, for God sometimes allows such things as the coronavirus to happen as a way to get our attention. The world has turned away from God, and we are all needing of focusing our priorities on the things that are of an eternal nature. We must turn, as a people, back to the essentials of what this life was meant to be, our relationship with God, and our preparation for eternity. This life was not meant as a place for acquiring wealth, building careers, amassing personal fame, and “looking good”. This life is a sojourn to the Eternal Life that awaits us.

With love and blessings,
Abbot Tryphon

Thursday March 12, 2020 / February 28, 2020
Second Week of the Great Lent. Tone five.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil
Venerable Basil the Confessor (747), companion of St. Procopius at Decapolis.
St. Arsenius (Matsievich), metropolitan of Rostov, confessor (1772).
New Hieromartyr Sergius priest (1932).
Blessed Nicholas of Pskov, fool-for-Christ (1576).
Hieromartyr Proterius, patriarch of Alexandria, and six companions (457).
Hieromartyr Nestor, bishop of Magydos in Pamphylia (250).
Venerables Marana, Cyanna (Kyra), and Domnica (Domnina), nuns, of Syria (ca. 450).
Apostles Nymphas and Eubulus.
Venerable Romanus, desert-dweller of Condat in the Jura Mountains (460) (Gaul).
New Virgin-martyr Kyranna of Thessalonica (1751) (Greek).
Venerable Barsus of Damascus, bishop (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 6:1-12

Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet

6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”

8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:

‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’

10 “Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”

And He answered:

“Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
The houses are without a man,
The land is utterly desolate,
12 The Lord has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Genesis 5:1-24

The Family of Adam

5 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. 3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh. 7 After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters. 8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.

9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan. 10 After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and had sons and daughters. 11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.

12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel. 13 After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and daughters. 14 So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.

15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared. 16 After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters. 17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.

18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch. 19 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Proverbs 6:3-20

3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
4 Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

The Folly of Indolence

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

The Wicked Man

12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 He winks with his eyes,
He shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart,
He devises evil continually,
He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.

16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

Beware of Adultery

20 My son, keep your father’s command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.

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. Abbot Tryphon, with respect you, would have to be using cask strength whisky for there to be sufficient alcohol (60% +) to kill off the virus. I completely agree with you however about this event being a ‘reminder’ from God.

    1. A certain Anglican deacon was constantly catching the colds that his children brought home from school. However, once he was ordained to the priesthood, celebrated the Eucharist, shared the cup, and consumed the gifts at the end of the liturgy, he stopped getting sick. How do you explain that?

        1. True, father, they don’t have the Eucharist. They don’t have the Eucharist because they don’t have the priesthood, and they don’t have the priesthood because their presbyters have been ordained by bishops who claim to have the apostolic succession, but don’t really have it because they have the genealogic succession without unity to the mother Church. Do I have all of that right?

          Nevertheless, the Anglican minister’s experience of health after ordination to the prebyterate remains the same, and I still count it as a minor miracle.

  2. bless hegumen tryphon:
    we also need to be reminded of president Franklin Roosevelt’s first inaugural address on 4 march 1933 regarding fear.
    we also need to be reminded about hoarding and panic.
    pace e bene!
    father john

  3. “Don’t let the virus in. That’s the best way to avoid getting sick. ”
    This is a great lesson for sin as well. Don’t let sin in, it makes you spiritual sick.
    Maybe I’m slow and you had already intended us to make that connection. But either way it is a good thought.
    Thank you, Father.

  4. Amen! Thank you as always for your sound words of wisdom! May God have mercy on us all and we use this time, especially during the Great Lent, to focus on what’s eternal and true rather than let the worries of the world consume us as you said. God bless your ministry Abbot Tryphon!

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