Wednesday, November 2, 2011


 Humility Comes from Humus
 We all struggle with our passions and like Saint Paul we can say we do that which we do not want to do and do not do what we  want to do. The passions hold us down close to the ground in our sin and fallen nature. We are like the rotting soil beneath dead plants, but God's grace is more than sufficient for holiness to take root.

Humility comes from humus, the best soil from which healthy plants can grow. From the rotten soil of our sinful nature, the acquisition of humility can transform that which was rotten into the beautiful flower that God intended. When this happens the Son of Righteousness can shine through, illuminating everyone around us.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photo: His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America. It has been my joy to be an Observer during the OCA's All American Council taking place this week in Bellevue, WA. Vladyka Jonah is a friend of some twenty-five years.

Wednesday November 2, 2011 / October 20, 2011

21st Week after Pentecost. Tone three.
Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Great-martyr Artemius at Antioch (362).
New Martyr Priest Nicholas (Liubomudrov) of Latskoye village, Yaroslavl (1918).
New Hieromartyrs Herman bishop of Alatyr, Zosima, John, John, John, Nicholas, Leonid, John and Alexander priests, Michael and Peter deacons and Martyr Paul (1937).
St. Artemius of Verkola (1545).
Martyrs Aborsam ans Senoe, of Persia (341).
Martyrs Eboras and Eunous of Persia.
Venerable Matrona of Chios (1462).
Martyr Zebinas of Caesarea in Palestine.
Venerable Gerasimus the New, ascetic of Cephalonia (1579) (Greek).
St. Acca, bishop of Hexham (England) (ca. 740) (Celtic & British).
Translation of the relics of New Monk-martyr Ignatius of Mt. Athos (1814) (Greek).

Colossians 1:18-23


18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Luke 9:44-50


44 “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.

Who Is the Greatest?
46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”
Jesus Forbids Sectarianism
49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.”
50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”

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