Friday, November 4, 2011

Vision and Mission
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Where there is no vision, 
the people perish (Proverbs 9:18).

I was privileged to be an Observer for the Orthodox Church in America's All American Council, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, WA. It was a particular blessing to be in attendance as it afforded me an opportunity to spend time with many old friends, some of whom I'd not seen for some twenty plus years.

Our monastery had a booth set up in the exhibition hall where Father Moses sold his hand made prayer ropes, as well as our monastery's line of fine coffees and teas.

As a guest at the final Grand Banquet I was further honored to have been seated with representatives of the Antiochan diocese, Serbian diocese and the Moscow Patriarchate. The keynote speaker was His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, whom I've known personally since 1986. His Beatitude spoke at length concerning the importance of evangelism, urging the delegates to reach out with the Gospel of Christ to the people of Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Vladyka Metropolitan has a long history as a missionary monk. While abbot of the Monastery of Saint John of San Francisco, he founded numerous parishes, spoke on many college campuses, and focused his monastic life in spreading the truths of Holy Orthodoxy. He has been an inspiration to me all these many years and I was glad to inform him that I was continuing his mission to college campuses in the Seattle area.

Monastics have a long history as missionaries, having been responsible for spreading civilization and the Orthodox Faith throughout what were to become the Russian lands, and even to the American soil. It is my calling and passion to do the same.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Friday November 4, 2011 / October 22, 2011

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

The Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, commemorating the deliverance from the Poles in 1612.
Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Abercius, bishop and wonderworker of Hierapolis (167).
7 Holy Youths ("7 Sleepers") of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblichus, Martinian, Dionysius, Antoninus, Constantine (Hexakustodianos), and John (250).
New Hieromartyrs Seraphim archbishop of Uglich and with him German archimandrite, Vladimir, Alexander, Basil, Alexander priests and Martyrs Herman and Menas (1937).
New Hieromartyrs Nicholas, Nicholas priests and Martyr Gregory (1937).
Martyrs Alexander the bishop, Heraclius, Anna, Elizabeth, Theodota and Glyceria, at Adrianopolis (2nd-3rd c.).
"Andronikos" and "Jacobshtad" (17th c.) Icons of the Mother of God.
Venerable Lot of Egypt (5th c.).
Venerables Theodore and Paul, abbots, of Rostov (1409).
Venerable James of Luga and Omutch, disciple of Theophilus of Omutch.
St. Mellon, bishop of Rouen.
Martyr Zachariah (Greek).
Venerable Rufus of the Paradise (Greek).

Philippians 2:5-11

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Luke 10:38-42

Mary and Martha Worship and Serve

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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