And the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The jubilation of the Church is also the jubilation of the Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity at the accomplishment of our salvation. The resurrection of Christ, which brought on the defeat of the power of death, is the cause of joyful praise, because He is the cause of the death of death, and the destruction of Hades.

Christ’s resurrection is the beginning of an eternal life. Because of Christ’s resurrection, death no longer separates us from God, and we are no longer destined for the darkness of Hades, but rather brought into heavenly mansions, to dwell there eternally in the fullness of everything good.

Christ is Risen!
Truly He is risen!

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: Monk Martin’s pascha and kulich, traditional food eaten following the Paschal Liturgy. The second photo was taking during the Agape Vespers that took place on Sunday afternoon.

Monday April 20, 2020 / April 7, 2020
Bright Monday.
Bright Week. Fast-free
Entire week, fast-free.
Venerable George the Confessor, bishop of Mitylene (820).
New Hieromartyr Arcadius priest (1933).
Martyr Eudocia (1939).
Venerable Daniel, abbot, of Pereyaslavl-Zalesski (1540).
Martyr Calliopus at Pompeiopolis in Cilicia (304).
Martyrs Rufinus deacon, Aquilina, and 200 soldiers at Sinope (310).
Venerable Serapion of Egypt, monk (5th c.).
Venerable Nilus, abbot of Sora (1508).
Venerable Serapion archbishop of Novgorod.
The Byzantine Icon of the Mother of God.
St. George, patriarch of Jerusalem (807).
St. Gerasimus of Byzantium (1739).
Venerable Leucius, abbot of Volokolamsk (1492).
St. Govan of Cornwall.

The Scripture Readings

Acts 1:12-17, 21-26 (Epistle)
John 1:18-28 (Gospel)
Matthew 28:1-20 (Cross Procession, 1st Gospel)
Mark 16:1-8 (Cross Procession, 2nd Gospel)
Luke 24:1-12 (Cross Procession, 3rd Gospel)
John 20:1-10 (or Luke 24:36-53) (Cross Procession, 4th Reading)
Luke 24:36-53 (or John 20:1-10) (Cross Procession, 4th Reading)

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. Father, forgive my ignorance, but I do not know what the XB on your cakes is short for?
    I assume it says Christ is risen? and it will probably sound like Greek to me.

  2. Dear Father Tryphon,
    Christ is Risen!!!
    Anastasia and I constantly ask ourselves and cannot find an answer to our question. Why did Christ have to die such a horrible, cruel, vile death on the Cross? Please help. Wasn’t any other way?

    1. The death of Our Lord on the cross was not about the pain and suffering He experienced, but rather, His Holy Resurrection destroyed the permanency and power of death. By His holy resurrection, Christ destroyed the power of death, making our own eternal life possible.

      1. Perhaps our sins deserved that kind of horrible death according to the perfect world God created and how we mess things up daily by wanting OUR will to be done instead of God’s will, not being willing to give up everything to follow Him??? So Jesus paid it ALL and ALL to Him I/we owe. He was punished for my/our iniquities went down into the depths of darkness and pulled me/us out of death into LIFE…Because He lives, so can we when we confess our sins, turn from them and follow Him. Christ is Risen INDEED. Hallelujah….!

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