The Stars and Stripes Forever

Standing up to those who would destroy our nation’s heritage

Earlier today it was announced that the statue of Christopher Columbus that has long stood before the state capital in Columbus, Ohio, has been removed. But what really shocked me was hearing that they are now considering changing the name of their city, seeing Christopher Columbus as responsible for the genicide of indigenous peoples.

That we Americans are allowing ANTIFA Marxists to dictate the destruction of national symbols of our history is unbelievable. That there are leftists demanding the removal of the presidential images on Mt. Rushmore, the toppling of statues, not only of Confederacy, but even of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, all in the name of social justice, is appalling to me. The fact that some of these Marxists have even gone so far as to demand all images of Jesus Christ, and His Holy Mother, be destroyed as symbols of white supremacy, is beyond belief.

All this while the world is witnessing the triumphal rise of Orthodox Christianity in the country of Russia, with over one hundred Orthodox churches built this year alone, in Moscow. While Columbus, Ohio considers changing the name of their city, the Russians long ago returned the name of Saint Petersburg to their historic city, while dumping the communist inspired Leningrad.

As we celebrate our nation’s founding on this 4th of July, the State of California has just announced that churches are forbidden to allow singing, all the while allowing for protestors in the streets to continue shouting their hate filled protests throughout the state, “not wanting to interfere with the 1st Amendment rights of her citizens”.

Added to the madness, we are witnessing the leftist demand that our nation’s police departments be defunded, or even completely disbanded. That these fine men and women, who on a daily basis put their lives on the line that all of us remain safe from violent intruders, thugs, and murderous individuals who care nothing about us average citizens, be free to continue their evil lawlessness.

All this smacks of a Marxist plot to destroy the very Christian foundations of this country, breaking down the economy, displacing every trace of our nation’s history, all the while providing thousands of disgruntled young people, having lost all hope for their future, to angrily take to the streets, demanding a bland One World government devoid of every trace of our true heritage.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: Following my trip to Rogue River, Oregon, for the ordination to the holy priesthood of Father Joshua Cardoza, I am spending a few days with my friend of 37 years, Brother Peter Ciolino, O.F.M.Cap., at Saint Francis Friary in Burlingame, CA. Returning to the monastery following the 4th of July.

Saturday July 4, 2020 / June 21, 2020
4th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. Fish Allowed
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker (movable holiday on the Saturday closest to June 19th).
Martyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia (305).
New Hieromartyr John (1918).
Venerable George (Lavrov) the Confessor, archimandrite of Kaluga (1932).
New Hieromartyrs Alexis, Paul and Nicholas priests (1938).
New Hieromartyr Ionna (1938).
New Martyr Nicetas (1942).
Finding of the relics (1996) of Venerable Maximus the Greek (1556).
Hieromartyr Terence (Tertius), bishop of Iconium (1st c.).
Venerable Julius, presbyter of Novara, and his brother Venerable Julian the Deacon (5th c.).
Martyrs Archil II (744) and Luarsab II (1622), kings of Georgia (Georgia).
New Martyr Nicetas of Nisyros, near Rhodes (1732) (Greek).
Martyr Aphrodisius in Cilicia.
Martyr Julian of Libya (Greek).
Hieromartyr Anthony, Martyrs Anastasius, who was raised from the dead, Celsius and his mother Vasilissa, 20 prison guards and 7 brothers, martyred with St. Julian (Greek).
Venerable Anastasia (Anna) of Serbia, mother of St. Sava (1200) (Serbia).
Martyr Theodore, right-believing prince of Starodub (1330).
St. Cormac of the Sea (590) (Celtic & British).
St. Mewan, abbot of St. Meen.

The Scripture Readings

Romans 6:11-17

11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

Matthew 8:14-23

Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed

14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. 15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.

Many Healed in the Evening

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”

The Cost of Discipleship

18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.

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. While decrying violence and destruction, one should consider this an opportunity to recognize that no one man is perfect, no matter how much he or she has contributed to society or history. They, we are a product of their and our times. Better yet, present they in their entirety. Father of our country/ Slave holder. Commanding general of the Confederacy/conflicted man who made the wrong choice. Explorer and adventurer who brought unknowingly devastating change to an aboriginal society.

    Use this knowledge to go forward mindful that our actions have consequences. Try to put balm on the wounds of the past and help heal. One man only was perfect. In remembering that we will be less drawn into a useless argument. By the same token, do not abandon history less we repeat it as we are doing, for example in the Amazon. Recognize that slavery still exists and shine the light on it where it is to prevent its humiliating consequences.

    Teach history as it is nit as we would like it to have been.

    Only our Lord was perfect.

    In Christ

  2. Thank you so much for your truthful words. We must do in the world as Paul said, “…having done all, to stand.” We, as the body of Christ, must stand against evil. There are those that hate the truth and would ” …exchange the truth for a lie.” Keep standing up for truth, Father.

  3. Amen to your words! God bless you for standing up for truth, Abbot Tryphon. I wish you a peaceful July 4th.

  4. Thank you for your words, Abbot. Very sad that Christians don’t understand how appalling all of this is, and somehow support social “justice” aka Revenge. A blessed 4th to you,

  5. Yep. Well said, Father.

    We should have been paying closer attention to the history textbooks our children were given. My family/church roots are Lithuanian/Polish. A grandfather fled the Bolsheviks. Erasing the past is part of the program.

  6. Thank you for speaking on this Father. It is so disheartening to see what is transpiring in the hearts and minds of many Americans today. Marxism took root long ago and now we are seeing the first fruits.

  7. Bless you for speaking your mind, Father. There is real cause for concern at this moment in time, and many people are choosing to keep silence for fear of reprisal.

    There is a full page advertisement on the back side of the newspaper today which reflects the mood of our society right now. It reads: “In Reason We Trust; Celebrate Our Godless Constitution this Fourth of July weekend.” The advertisement is paid for by an organization that is working to keep religion out of government.

    Orthodox Christians! Remain firm in your Faith! There may come a time when you will be asked to suffer for your Faith. See Mattew 10:32,33

  8. Thank you for speaking out against the wickedness pervading our nation. I didn’t know about that figure of over 100 churches built in Moscow this year. Glory to God!

    1. Abbott Tryphon, thanks once again for clearly discerning the signs of the times. These people are evil, and it’s my honest opinion that any Christian Church that has bent the knee to these groups has declared allegiance to Satan. This would include most mainstream Protestant denominations.

      Interestingly, a number of wise men warned that this would happen In America. Robert Dabney, the Presbyterian theologian and chief of staff to General Stonewall Jackson, and General Robert E Lee, who said that the US would become aggressive abroad and despotic at home.

      What we are witnessing is the final collapse of a godless progressivism that has dominated the country for over a century.

  9. I’m haunted by a prophecy attributed to Elder Ignatius of Harbin: “What started in Russia will end in America.” (Please correct me if I’m mistaken about this.)

  10. At 32 years old I’m happy to see the direction Russia is headed. I fear that in my lifetime the US may undergo a godless Marxist revolution and I hope that Russia may provide a safe haven. God bless you, Abbot and I wish you a blessed holiday weekend.

  11. Abbott Tryphon, thanks once again for clearly discerning the signs of the times. These people are evil, and it’s my honest opinion that any Christian Church that has bent the knee to these groups has declared allegiance to Satan. This would include most mainstream Protestant denominations.

    Interestingly, a number of wise men warned that this would happen In America. Robert Dabney, the Presbyterian theologian and chief of staff to General Stonewall Jackson, and General Robert E Lee, who said that the US would become aggressive abroad and despotic at home as the Federal power crushed all before it.

    What we are witnessing is the final collapse of a godless progressivism that has dominated the country for over a century.

  12. Only the Lord is perfectly good. Only Satan is perfectly bad.

    The rest of us and our ideas lie somewhere in between. Let’s not be so lazy to view all as perfectly good or perfectly bad. Let’s look for the good in something we perceive as bad. And, the bad in something we perceive as bad. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater….

    In this way and with the power of true prayer, we can sharpen our understanding and truly move forward. Let’s try to understand our own mis-understandings.

    Without your (this) support, pray and God’s mercy, I am incapable of bettering myself.

  13. Father bless! I have been reading your blog for about a year now and have been so blessed every day. Reading your daily posts is the first thing I do every morning when I wake up. Your words of wisdom are a great spiritual boost to start my day.

    Therefore, I was greatly saddened to read this post – not because I disagree with the underlying message, but because of the tone in which it was written.  I agree that there are genuine threats to the future of this nation coming from the secular left, and we as Christians need to resist those threats. But it is disheartening to hear a man of God using such stereotypical political epithets, words normally heard from right wing commentators.

    Our nation is becoming so polarized that one can hardly have a rational conversation without someone screaming hateful words.  Both extremes of the political spectrum have become equally angry and hateful, including from those who wear the banner of Christianity but whose loyalty to their ideology is greater than loyalty to Christ. Shouldn’t we Christians set the example for letting our speech be seasoned with grace? Since Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world,” shouldn’t we avoid using worldly political frameworks (on the left or the right) when speaking truth?

    Another reason for avoiding stereotypical political categories such as “ANTIFA, Marxists, and thugs,” etc. is that there are many people who might be sympathetic to left wing ideas who will only be turned off by such language.  If we want them to hear the truth, we must win them over by showing them a better way.  There are many on the left who are not radical ANTIFA Marxists but who have sincere concerns for victims of injustice — people who seek to faithfully live out our Biblical calling to “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalms 82:3-4)  Instead of denouncing the left with a broad brush, shouldn’t we show sympathy to their genuine concerns and let them know that we Christians care and share (some of) the same goals as they do? 

    I write to you humbly as a follower and devoted fan. I’m sure you certainly hear the cries of those who are suffering and oppressed, but unfortunately this post showed no signs of it.

    1. I wrote the post on the 4th of July as a warning to my readers of the dangers we are facing as a nation. I also wrote as a former member of the Socialist Workers Part, so I know of what I speak.

  14. Thank you Father for your article and your brave to talk about these issues so straight in these difficult time when speech expression and intolerance is more and more visible. I can see it clearly because I came from a communist country but others resist to know the experience of the ones we lived this tyranny system, and do not want read and understand history and do not want hear the church who has lived persecution and martyrdom under their atheist believe and dictatorial behavior which in the name of the proletariat, paternalism and the good of people make decisions and cut the freedom of every one without respect like owners of their lives.

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