Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On-Line Missionary
Together with long time friends, Bishop Alexander and Archbishop Benjamin
During my recent visit to Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, for the celebration of Theophany, I was amazed at how many people approached me regarding my daily blog, The Morning Offering. It is certainly gratifying to hear that my labors are bearing fruit, and that there are people who are benefiting from the articles I write.

As an attempt to broaden my outreach, I also post my blog articles on the monastery's fan page, which can be seen by visiting "All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Christian Monastery", on facebook. Thus, the number of people who have access to these articles numbers almost six thousand facebook readers, not including the large number of people reached when an article is re-posted by others. The largest number that read an article by this method was 57,000.

Anyone who visits the monastery's website
will discover links to both the blog and my Ancient Faith Radio podcast, both of which are titled, "The Morning Offering". For those who read The Morning Offering in it's blog form, if they scroll down after reading the daily bible verses, they'll find a direct link to the podcast. Many find the podcast version more convenient, for by uploading it to their ipod, they are able to listen to the podcast while driving to work, or walking the dog.

Again, I was so gratified by the encouragement I received while in San Francisco, both by members of the cathedral, and people who told me they read my blog every day, or listen to the podcasts, while I attended the marriage of Maria, the daughter of Fr. Basil and Matushka Rhodes. I even had a non-Orthodox woman come up to me in a North Beach coffee house, telling me she recognized my face, and that she reads my blog every day.

I really do believe I have been called to this on-line ministry by God, and I ask your continued prayers and support, that I may continue this much needed ministry, with love of God, and zeal for souls.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Wednesday January 23, 2013 / January 10, 2013
34th Week after Pentecost. Tone eight.
Fast. Fish Allowed

Afterfeast of the Theophany. St. Gregory of Nyssa (395).
Venerable Dometian, bishop of Melitene (601).
St. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov (1894).
Venerable Marcian, presbyter of Constantinople (471).
Venerable Paul, abbot of Obnora (Vologda) (1429), and his disciple St. Macarius, abbot of Pisma Monastery.
Venerable Antipas of Valaam (1882).
New Hieromartyr Zenobius priest (1920).
New Hieromartyr Peter priest (1930).
New Hieromartyr Anatolius metropolite of Odessa (1938).
Woman Hieromartyr Arsenia abbes (1939).
Venerable Macarius of Pisemsk and Kostroma (14c).
Blessed Theosebia the Deaconess (385), sister of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa.
Venerable Ammon of Nitria, monk (5th c.).
Venerable Antipas of Galapodeshti, Romania and Valaam Monastery (1882) (Romania).
Martyred Elder Ephraim and six incorrupt monks of Obnora (1538).


You can read the life of the saint in green, by click on the name.

THANK YOU, to all of you who have been able to contribute towards the support of the monastery. These difficult times of economic hardship have impacted the monastery, and those of you who have been able to donate, have been our lifeline. May God bless you for your generosity, and kindness.
With love in Christ,  
Abbot Tryphon

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

All-Merciful Saviour Monastery
PO Box 2420
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Hebrews 5:11-6:8

11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The Peril of Not Progressing

6 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

Luke 21:5-7

Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple

Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, “These things which you see—the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”

Luke 21:10-11

10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

Luke 21:20-24

The Destruction of Jerusalem

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

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