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…

Saturday, December 26 / 13 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 13 / 26. Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes at Sebaste Virgin Martyr Lucy of Syracuse. St.Arsenius of Latros. St. Gabriel, Archbishop of Serbia. St. Mardarius, recluse of the Kiev Caves. (Greek Calendar: St. Ares, monk.) Schemamonk Pantileimon the Resurrected of Glinsk Hermitage (1895). Photo of…

Today is the Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska

, according to the Julian Calendar. Since our celebration of Christ’s Holy Nativity, is on January 7th, I will be leaving for Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle, following today’s Liturgy, in order to allow the other chaplains to be with their families for Western Christmas. Please remember the family of the Deputy Kent Mundell, who is on life support, and…

(I am forced to sent this out early, and incomplete, since I’m leaving for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, to spend the night ministering to the family, and the police officers, who are keeping vigil for the police officer who was ambushed, and who is fighting for his life. Please pray for all concerned.)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Thursday, December 24 / 11 (Church Calendar) Saints of the Day Saint Daniel the Stylite, Photo of the Day The Holy Virgin of the Burning Bush Thought for the Day Many years ago, while still a college student, I was riding on a city bus in San Francisco, California. Above the seat…

Your prayers are needed

Many of you have heard the reports that two more police officers have been shot this week, again in Pierce County, Washington. This, following the funeral of the four Lakewood Police Department officers, murdered, in cold blood, in an area coffee shop. That shooting happened about a week following the assassination of a Seattle police officer, shot point blank range,…

Wednesday, December 23 / 10 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 10 / 23. Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes and Eugraphus of Alexandria [Eph 6:10-17; Lk 21:12-19]. St. Ioasaph, Bishop ofBelgorod (also 4 September). Martyr Gemellus of Paphlagonia. St. Thomas of Bithynia. Blessed John, king of Serbia, and hisparents Stephen and Angelina Brancovich. (Greek Calendar: Hieromartyr Theotecnus. Martyr Marianus. Martyr…

Tuesday, December 22 / 9 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 9 / 22. The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos [Gal 4:22-31; Lk 8:16-21]. Prophetess Anna (Hannah),mother of Prophet Samuel. St. Stephen the New Light of Constantinople. St. Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus. (Greek Calendar:Martyr Sositheus. Martyr Narses of Persia. Martyr Isaac.) Icon of the…

Monday, December 21 / 8 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! Saints of the Day December 8 / 21. St. Patapius of Thebes. Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus,Caesar and Onesiphorus. Holy 362 Martyrs of Africa, martyred by the Arians, and Martyr Anthusa, at Rome. St. Cyril, abbot of Chelmogorsk. New-Martyr Priest John (Kochurov) of Chicago. Photo of the…