I just got up from ten and a half hours of sleep, having been exhausted from my hospital stay. Fathers Paul and Martin picked me up from Swedish Medical Center late yesterday afternoon.

I’m doing well for an old guy, even though I was asked if I had a walker available at home, and if I had access to “home care”. Talk about reminding me of the fact that I’m old!

They have me on a new, expensive, medication (thank God it is covered by Medicare), for my atrial fibrillation. An EKG showed I’d had a heart attack some time ago, so I’m lucky to be alive (or, maybe not, given the state of our world).

The hospital staff were very good to me, and a number of the nurses told me they’d been reading my blog articles, and listening to my podcasts. Two of the cardiac unit people even told me they’d been watching my posted YouTube videos. I am amazed that one hospital unit could have so many competent,  sweet and wonderful people on staff!

Doctor Peter Demopulos, my cardiologist, is Greek Orthodox, and a member of my friend Father Photios Dumont’s parish. I could not have  been in better hands. Dr. Demopulos, with an amazing bedside manner, is perhaps the most respected cardiologist in the State of Washington, and Swedish Medical Center is top notch. And, as an Orthodox priest, I never would have expected to have a cardiologist kiss his hand!

I am so very grateful for all the prayerful support I’ve received from all of you. It is clear to me that I am a very fortunate man.

With love and blessings,
Abbot Tryphon

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,
    Happy to hear everything went well.
    God bless, Father,
    In Christ,
    Norway, above the Polar circle 🙂

  2. Father Bless,
    You are always in my prayers. We share a common issue (A Fib) so your health is near and dear to me. I am glad you came through without complication. Praise the Lord.

  3. Dear Fr. Tryphon,
    I enjoy reading your blogs most everyday. You are very special, and I appreciate your views on the state of the world and hope and pray it gets better. I wish you a very speedy recovery. and You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You Always!


  4. overjoyed to read you are going home! Orthodoxy is growing and found now in many places! Glory be to God! Orthodox cardiologist and perhaps many are being aware of Orthodoxy by following your blogs, videos and meeting you!
    Serge Lopoukhine

  5. Father bless

    Thank God all went well. We the lay people need you now more than ever. We need your wisdom and insight.

    Thank you!!!
    In Christ

  6. Glad you are home and resting. Praise be to God! Thankful your meds are covered as well. May you continue to recover.

  7. Is it Xarelto, if it is you will get stuck in the donut hole? My wife is on it and we have to pay about $350 two months out of the year because of the donut hole.

  8. Wonderful news Fr. Tryphon. Your readers are fortunate to have you back to your home and doing well. I’m happy to know you were able to have a good long rest to recover from all the activity at the hospital. I pray the medication makes a world of difference and gives you new energy. As you are healing, I trust that you continue to pray for this country’s healing of it’s divisions and election uncertainty. Thank-you so much. God is the final Judge. He has the whole world in His Hands….It is a joy to see how He held you in the hospital stay.

  9. Glory to God for all things!
    Praise and thanksgiving to our Lord for His provision in this medical crisis you have, had!
    Prayers for you and your continued strength.

  10. praise God, i am not Orthodox – well not yet anyway
    but i would miss your daily offering, and just you!

    i thank GOD for hearing our prayers

  11. Dear Abbot Tryphon – in these turbulent times of confusion and disease it is wonderful to learn you are home and in the hands of such competent physicians to guide you. Thanks be to God who continues to bless you and your work.

  12. Thank the Lord you have returned after your treatment to your monastery, and your on-line ministry. Rest up and recover. God bless you, Father.

  13. Father bless.

    Glory to God! Wonderful news!
    It was also great news to hear how many of those caring for you knew about you and are Orthodox. The Lord is definitely looking out for you and your flock.
    Rest easy, and let the heart heal.

    In Christ

  14. God’s blessings are truly upon you, dear Father — and more are to come!
    Glory to God.
    With Love in Christ,

  15. Father,
    Happy to hear the good news.
    Here’s to a speedy recovery.
    I cherish your insights and I pray God keeps you here with us all at this difficult time in history. We need a clear thoughtful and loving understanding of our Orthodox faith and you clearly have a gift that helps us all.
    May God grant you a full recovery and strength to carry on.
    Yours in Christ,

    Father Deacon Athanasius
    Sts. Peter and Paul
    Santa Rosa

  16. Father bless…
    Glory be to God
    So glad to hear that you are home and recovering.
    I would love to be able to meet you some day Father. I am Greek orthodoxy and I love to hear and read your posts.
    God bless you and keep you strong so that you may continue to speed his word.


  17. Fantastic news Fr. Tryphon! Please take care of your self, don’t stress too much and start writing your fabulous and much looked-forward posts whenever your health permits. Kindest regards, Roxana from Guatemala City.

  18. Father bless!
    Glory be to God!!! We are the fortunate ones to have you back! I was so excited to hear that your cardiologist is Greek as I am… I wish I could meet you one day although I feel close to you and your monastery eventhough my family amd I live in Greece.
    May the Lord keep you well and grant you a speed recovery!
    With all my love in Christ,
    a daughter from afar,

  19. Thank God! You are such a Blessing to all of us who have “known you” for years through your daily inspirations. You are the first Blog entry I read every morning. Thank you for all you do. Please try to slow yourself down a little and let others take care of YOU for awhile.
    Continued prayers for your health.🙏

  20. Father,
    Glory to God !
    I too start my day with your blog and am blessed by it. I am amazed by your strength to continue it through your hospital stay and by the out pouring of love you have for your readers. I hope I can one day bring my family to your wonderful island and monastery to meet you! Thank you for all you do!
    With love in Christ,

  21. Dear Abbot Tryphon,

    Evlogite! Glory be to God that you are feeling better. I will continue to pray for your continued healing and restoration of health. Thank you for all that you do for us.

    In Christ always,

  22. Dear Abbot Tryphon,

    Evlogite! Glory be to God that you are feeling better. I will continue to pray for your continued healing and restoration of health. Thank you for all that you do for us.

    In Christ always,

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