Monday, January 4 / December 22 (Church Calendar)

Abbot Tryphon’s first YouTube video: scroll down Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 22 / January 4. Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ. Great-Martyr Anastasia, deliverer from bonds, and her teacher Martyr Chrysogonus, and with them Martyrs Theodota, Evodias, Eutychianus, and others who suffered under Diocletian [Gal 3:23-29; Lk7:36-50]. (Greek Calendar: Martyr Zoilus.)…

Sunday, January 3 / December 21 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Sunday of the Holy Fathers Saints of the Day December 21 / January 3. Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ. Virgin Martyr Juliana of Nicomedia, and with her 500 men and 130women. Repose of St. Peter, Metropolitan of All Russia. Martyr Theomistocles of Myra in Lycia. St. Juliana, princess of Vyazma.Blessed Procopius…

Saturday, January 2/ December 20 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day .December 20 / January 2. Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ. Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, Bishop of Antioch (also celebrated January 29) [Heb 4:14-5:6; Mk 9:33-41]. St. Philogonius, Bishop of Antioch. St.Daniel II, Archbishop of Serbia. St. Ignatius, archimandrite of the Kiev…

Friday, January 1/ December 19 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Happy New Year! Saints of the Day: December 19 / January 1. Martyr Boniface at Tarsus in Cilicia, and Righteous Aglae (Aglaida) of Rome. Martyrs Elias, Probus andAres, in Cilicia. Martyrs Polyeuctus at Caesarea in Cappadocia, and Timothy the deacon in Mauretania. St. Boniface the Merciful,Bishop of Ferentino. St. Gregory, Archbishop of…

Thursday, December 31/ 18 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 18 / 31. Martyr Sebastian at Rome and his companions: Martyrs Nicostratus, Zoe, Castorius, Tranquillinus, Marcellinus,Mark, Claudius, Symphorian, Victorinus, Tiburtius, and Castulus. St. Modestus, Archbishop of Jerusalem. St. Florus, Bishop ofAmisus. St. Micahel the Confessor at Constantinople. Martyr Eubotius at Cyzicus. St. Sebastian, abbot of Poshekhonye Monastery…

Wednesday, December 30 / 17 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 17 / 30. Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias and Misael [Heb 11:33-40; Lk 11:47-12:1]. St.Daniel the Confessor (in schema Stephen) of Spain and Egypt. St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, Bishop of Aegina. (Greek Calendar:Martyr Bacchus. New-Martyr Nicetas. Blessed Deacon Abbacum of Serbia.) Photo of…

It is with sadness

that I report to you that Pierce County Deputy, Kent Mundell,  died this evening at 5:15 p.m.  He is one of two deputies shot in Pierce County this past week.  He is survived his wife, Lisa, his daughter, Kirsten (age 16), and son, Austin (age 10.) Please remember them in your prayers. Living the evangelical life of Orthodox monasticism in witness…

Monday, December 28 / 15 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 15 / 28. Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother Martyr Anthia. St. Paul of Latros. St. Stephen theconfessor, Archbishop Surozha in the Crimea. Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople. St. Pardus, hermit of Palestine. Martyr Bacchus the New. Martyr Susanna the deaconess of Palestine. St. Tryphon, abbot…

Sunday, December 27 / 14 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 14 / 27. Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius and Callinicus of Apollonia. Martyrs Apollonius, Philemon, Arianus and Theoctychusof Alexandria. (Greek Calendar: Four guards converted by St. Arianus and martyred.) Repose of Blessed Recluse John of Sezenovo Convent (1839). Photo of the Day Our monastery’s temple, as you first see…

Witnessing Goodness, in a Fallen World

of Alaska, I spent seven hours with the family and fellow police officers of Pierce County Deputy Sheriff Kent Mundell, on Western Christmas Day. Returning to the monastery around eight this evening, and spending time with my monastic community (and Hammie, our beloved Norwegian Forest Cat sitting in my lap), I’ve found myself unable to sleep. I sent out my…