A Call for Unity

Christian Leaders calling for End in Military Support of the Syrian Rebels Catholic and Orthodox leaders in Lebanon have called for unity among Christians, and have pleaded with the West not to aid the Syrian Rebel forces. The continuing violence in Syria dominated attention as the Melkite Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches opened their respective synods in Beirut. Both groups…

Happiness

When Happiness is Right in Front of You It is easy to resist taking care of yourself if you run at full speed as though you are the only one who can get things done. We all need to set priorities, making sure we focus on Christ and not let that which is transitory rule our lives. If you pay…

Compassion

None can be Saved without Compassion for Others We must not be so self-consumed as to have no compassion for others. Saint Basil tells us that a man who has two coats or two pair of shoes, when his neighbor has none, is a thief.  In the Holy Scriptures we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,…

Blessed is the Kingdom

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit The Divine Liturgy begins with the words, Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. This kingdom is our true home and our lives as Christians are centered around the great…

Seeking after Holiness

Abbot Tryphon and Hieromonk Kilian Step by Step, Little by Little, Progress is Made In our struggle to cooperate with God’s grace, the transformation of the soul that leads to holiness can seem daunting. We feel discouraged when we struggle to change our bad behaviors, or overcome sins that seem to follow us like bad debt. We feel overwhelmed and…

Private Club?

Imparting the Faith as a Missionary People Two Byzantine brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius, brought Orthodox Christianity to the Slavs in the ninth century. The brilliance of Eastern Orthodox missionary outreach, as opposed to that of the Latin Church, was in the very use of the vernacular. These great saints who became known as the Apostles to the Slavs, left…

The Domestic Church

The Enclosure () Gathered Around the Hearth Prior to electricity and central heating, most families gathered in parlors, spending evenings with reading, sewing, and family conversations. The notion that everyone would retreat to bedrooms, kitchens, or dens, separating themselves from other family members, was unthinkable. The communal nature of the family was natural. I can remember, as a child (this…

Igniting the Soul

Without Me you can do nothing (John 15:5)If we be true to our calling as the children of God, we must live in imitation of Christ. We must imitate His meekness and humility. We must love others just as did He. We must be willing to be transformed, and made whole, that others can see in us, the Light of…

Principalities and of Darkness

The Enemy are not Armies, but Demons Many people are convinced we are living in the end times. They look to changes in the earth’s climate, ever more disastrous storms and the failing economy, as well as the political upheaval in our land, as signs of the end times. Coupled with the increase in terrorist activity world wide and the…

Eternity

Hammi the Norwegian Forest Cat Eternity is a Very Long Time God reveals Himself to us if we seek Him out, and only remains invisible to us if we refuse, out of pride and self absorption, to let Him enter our lives. If you desire the knowledge that is yours for the asking, simply make it known, and God will…

Ancient Faith Radio live

call-in with Abbot Tryphon, Today, Sunday June 9th Guest: The V. Rev. Father Tryphon, a monk for almost thirty years, and co-founder and abbot of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, WA. Abbot Tryphon speaks with host Kevin Allen of Ancient Faith Radio about all aspects of (Orthodox Christian) monasticism in the 21 century (and perhaps some of his interesting…

Ancient Faith Radio live

call-in with Abbot Tryphon, Sunday, June 9th Guest: The V. Rev. Father Tryphon, a monk for almost thirty years, and co-founder and abbot of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, WA. Abbot Tryphon speaks with host Kevin Allen of Ancient Faith Radio about all aspects of (Orthodox Christian) monasticism in the 21 century (and perhaps some of his interesting personal…