Monday, January 2, 2012

A Way of Life 
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We are joined with the cloud of witnesses

When we say that Christianity is a way of life, we are referring to the fact that the Church is the purveyor of divine revelation from our Creator. This divine revelation infuses us with a transformational power that lifts us up, changes us, and makes us whole. We have a cure in this revelation, a promise of healing that which ails us. Infused as we are by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are lifted up from the quagmire of sin and despair, and taken up to the heights of the Heavenly Kingdom, where we join the cloud of witnesses that have gone on before us. In unity with the saints, we will participate forever in one Divine Liturgy, the heavenly banquet, continuing without end, unto the ages of ages.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Abuna Angelos Sarkis, together with his parishioners from Saint George's Coptic Orthodox Church in Redmond, WA made a pilgrimage to the monastery on New Years Day.

Monday January 2, 2012 / December 20, 2011
30th Week after Pentecost. Tone four.
Nativity Fast. Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).
Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt (1908).
Venerable Ignatius, archimandrite of the Kiev Caves (1435).
St. Anthony, archbishop of Voronezh (1846).
St. Philogonius, bishop of Antioch (323).
St. Daniel II, archbishop of Serbia (1338).
"Novodvorskaya" and "Lenkovskaya" (Novgorod-Severny) named "Rescuer of the Drowning" Icons of the Mother of God.
New Martyr John of the isle of Thasos (1652) (Greek).

Fr. Paul, Fr. Joe Ponessa, Abbot Tryphon, and Fr. Jose Valliparambil

Father Joe Ponessa, a Roman Catholic priest from Montana, is Abbot Tryphon's oldest friend, having been friends since 1967. Father Jose, from India, also serves as a Roman Catholic priest in the State of Montana. They visited the monastery this past week.

I wish to thank those of you who have been contributing towards the principle of our mortgage ($250,000.00). For those of you who can't donate due to the depressed economy, please remember to pray for the monastery. It would be such a great blessing if we were able to retire the mortgage debt altogether.

Donations can be made directly to the monastery through PayPal, or you may send donations to:

All-Merciful Saviour Monastery
PO Box 2420
Vashon Island, WA 98070-2420 USA

Hebrews 8:7-13

A New Covenant
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
13 In that He says, “A new covenant, ” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Mark 9:42-10:1

Jesus Warns of Offenses
42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 44 where

      ‘ Their worm does not die
       And the fire is not quenched.’
 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 46 where

      ‘ Their worm does not die
      And the fire is not quenched.’

47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where

      ‘ Their worm does not die
       And the fire is not quenched.’
Tasteless Salt Is Worthless
49 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

Mark 10

Marriage and Divorce
 1 Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again.

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