Gratitude

A Grateful Heart is Fertile Ground When you strive to interact with members of your family, with friends, coworkers, and all others, with respect, humility, and dignity, you lay the groundwork for the abundance of Grace needed to quicken your heart for the things of God. The soil is prepared for the planting of seeds that allow you to respond…

The Living Word

As the Living Word, Christ condescended to become one of us, to take on the condition of our flesh in every way, and yet remained sinless. In doing so, he invites us from the darkness of sin which leads to death, to become one with Him which is Life.By accepting His incredible invitation, we are called to be like Him,…

Joining Christ

On Being the Body of Christ Every time we gather together in celebration of the Divine Liturgy, we are not only commemorating an event that happened two thousand years ago, nor simply reenacting the Last Supper Christ shared with His disciples. When we come together to celebrate the Eucharist, we are entering into an event already in progress. Each and…

Happy New Year!

As the secular calendar turns to the year 2014, I would like to greet all of you, my readers, with the words, Happy New Year! May this be a year filled with every blessing, and may peace reign in the hearts of everyone. God bless each and every one of you! With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon Wednesday January 1,…

Why Attend Church?

Can God’s Temple be Duplicated at Home? Over the years I have met people who have chosen not to join a church, choosing, rather, to “worship” at home. Some have convinced themselves church is a waste of time, and feel they can be close to God while staying home on a Sunday morning. Others believe none of the churches teach…

Mary the Mother of God

The Place of the Holy Virgin in our Lives The Holy Virgin is a stumbling block for many protestants looking into Orthodoxy. The idea that this woman described in the Gospels in such humble terms could be called Mother of God seems unbiblical to them. She was never called Mother of God in the Bible, they say, so why would…

Interpreting Scripture

The Church’s Guide: Holy Tradition The Bible can only be understood through the Church, for the Holy Scriptures came forth from the Church. The reformers dumped the papacy only to replace that institution with themselves as the ultimate authority. Since reason and logic ruled, there was no room for the intuitive, noetic nature of the heart. Thus the interpretation of…

Putting on Christ

When Ethnicity becomes a Barrier Over the years I have heard many grief stricken parents and grandparents lament the loss of their children and grandchildren from the Church. Sad as it may be, I’m not usually surprised, for over and over I’ve heard the sad truth behind this exodus from the Church. More often than not, hese parents did not…

The Fear of Love

  He Who Does not Love Remains in Death There are those who fear commitment for fear of loss. They fear the other will either leave them, or be lost in death, so they remain aloof from any possible relationship. Some put on a facade of indifference, for fear of rejection, depriving themselves of any possible happiness. In fear of…

The Domestic Church

Amy, whose love for her father (a reader of this blog) took the ferry, and walked all the way to the monastery on a Saturday when there was no bus service, to have this photo appear for her dad. Gathered Around the Hearth The recent storms hitting the Midwest and East Coast of the United States, have resulted in power…

Why Christ?

     Although this is not Christmas for those of us on the Old Calendar (we must wait until the 7th of January for our celebration of the Feast of the Nativity), I wish to share the following excerpt from the incredible book, “Tortured for Christ”, by Richard Wurmbrand, a Lutheran pastor who suffered under the communist yoke. This event took…

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Be a Signpost Pointing Toward a Bright and Happy Future One of the most beloved movies ever made was Frank Capra’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Staring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, the movie tells the story of an ever optimistic man, who, while facing life’s hardships, set aside his own dreams in order to help others, only to witness a run…