Self Imposed Exile

Lifeless things of this world offer no satisfaction The lifeless things of this world offer no spiritual satisfaction, yet we often sell ourselves off to things or people by giving them power over our hearts. It is easy to feel abandoned or hurt by those to whom we’ve given power. If we need affirmation from others we take the chance…

Taste the Presence

Taste the Presence of Christ Beside You We all need a good dose of silent prayer each and every day. Finding that perfect place in your home that can become your cave, or prayer closet, will afford you that sacred space wherein you can go deep into the heart and connect with God. That place wherein you can close off…

Going to Another City

Leaving Facebook and moving to MeWe To all my beloved readers and followers both on this blog and on Facebook…. As you know my Facebook account was recently closed, allegedly for “possibly being hacked”. We were informed, however, but some people whose acquaintances work within the company, that my “Abbot Tryphon” account was actually flagged for content in violation of…

Dark Forces

The truth is increasingly being blocked by dark forces I labor in this vineyard for the Lord, Whom I believe has called me to this online mission. I post my blog articles, together with the daily scripture readings, because I care from the depth of my heart for the next generation. I upload podcasts five days a week to Ancient…

Atheists

I’ve never met an atheist! The young man announced at the beginning of a college class that he was an atheist. I’d been invited as a guest lecturer, and had opened the talk with the observation that everyone has a nous that hungers for God. This young man took exception, declaring there was no God, and furthermore stating that he…

An Appeal

An Appeal to Our  Subscribers and Benefactors All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is a monastery of the Western American Diocese, under the omophor of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America. The Monastery is a non-profit 501 C3 organization under IRS regulations. All donations are therefore tax deductible. We depend on the generosity of our friends and benefactors. You…

War

Arming our children with spiritual weapons It is essential that we expose our youth to the teachings of the Church, and offer them serious facts about traditional Christianity, while letting them see that faith is not simply a religious expression of the ethnic heritage of their parents, or of keeping a generational family tradition alive. If our youth don’t know…

Participation in the Divine Life

Theosis is participation in the Divine Life  According to Protopresbyter George Metallinos, Dean of the Athens University School of Theology, “For we Orthodox the unique and absolute goal of life in Christ is theosis, our union with God, so that man – through his participation in God’s uncreated energy – may become “by the Grace of God” that which God…

When Our Prayer Becomes Dry

Being real with God is far more important than being emotional When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, and feel that it has become dry and lifeless, we are sometimes tempted to stop praying. When our prayer has become a struggle, it is good to remember that God knows our needs, and even knows what we want to say when…

Our Weaknesses

We must confront our own weaknesses As we continue our Lenten journey, this is a time when the Church puts much emphasis on the role of repentance. We strive to go to confession more frequently during Great Lent, just as we’ve increased our level of fasting, and frequency of attending the services. Holy Week is almost upon us, and as…