Vashon Island, WA, USA: All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Monastery – Video


Vashon Island, WA, USA:

All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Monastery


Where is God when bad things happen? – Abbot Tryphon, Vashon Island, WA, USA


Where is God when bad things happen?


Abbot Tryphon All-Merciful Saviour Monastery

on Vashon Island, Washington, USA

We often wonder why God allows bad things to happen, sometimes even questioning if God cares at all about the evil things that happen to good people. Yet we forget that our God created us in such a way that we can freely return His love for us, and that in this freedom, we can even love others. We have all been given the freedom to do what we want, and to live our lives the way we please. The Lord lets us do drugs. He lets us be disrespectful to our parents, or cruel to those we decide are beneath us. He lets us avoid paying our taxes, or commit fraud for our own gain. God lets us avoid going to the services in our temples, while allowing us to choose partying with our friends on a Saturday night, over communing with our Creator God.

Our God allows us to spend all our time pursuing entertainment, and mindlessly focusing on social networking, to the exclusion of communing with Him. He lets us speed and cross the centerline into oncoming traffic, and although He doesn’t like it when we do, He refrains from forcing Himself on us. He lets us make bad decisions, but is sad because He knows what will come of it.

Our God, Who is ever loving, caring, and compassionate, watches over each and every one of us. God even has hopes and plans for us just like our families do. But just like our earthly parents, He allows us to make our own choices on what we want to do, and, like our friends and families, is saddened when we make bad choices. Bad things happen, not because God doesn’t care, but because, in our free will, we, His creatures, make bad things happen by choosing to do what we want, regardless of the consequences.

Finally, we live in a fallen world. This is not God’s doing, but our own. God did not create evil, we did, and the end result was that death entered our world. Christ came to destroy the power of death by His own death, and holy resurrection.

Love and blessings,

Abbot Tryphon



Elder Ephraim’s Eastern Orthodox Christian Monasteries in North America


Elder Ephraim’s Eastern Orthodox Christian Monasteries in North America

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The Monasteries of Fr. Ephraim in North America:

1. Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Abbess Theophano
121 St. Elias Lane
Saxonburg, PA 16056 USA
Tel: (724) 352-3999
Fax: (724) 352-5822
2. Holy Monastery of St. Kosmas Aitolos
Abbess Alexia
14155 Caledon King Town
Line Rd. South
Bolton, Ont. L7E 5R7
Tel: (905) 859-2474
Fax: (905) 859-2505
Web Site
3. Holy Monastery of Panagia Parigoritissa
Abbess Thekla
827 Chemin de la Carriere
Brownsburg (Chatham),
Quebec, J8G 1K7
Tel: (450) 533-4313
Fax: (450) 533-1169
Web Site
4. Holy Monastery of St. John Chrysostomos
Abbess Melanie
4600 93rd Street
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 USA
Tel: (262) 694-9850
Fax: (262) 697-1581
Web Site
5. Holy Protection Monastery
Abbess Olympiada
1 St. Joseph’s Way
White Haven, PA 18661 USA
Tel: (570) 443-2220
Fax: (570) 443-9167
Web Site
6. Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring
Abbess Markella
P.O. Box 549
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
Tel: (559) 338-3110
Fax: (559) 338-3101
7. Holy Monastery of St. John the Forerunner
Abbess Efpraxia
5 Timmer Lane
Goldendale, WA 98620 USA
Tel: (509)-773-7141
Fax: (509) 773-4131
Web Site
8. Holy Monastery of St. Anthony
Archimandrite Paisios
4784 N. St. Joseph’s Way
Florence, AZ 85132
Tel: 520-868-3188
Fax: 520-868-3088
Web Site
9. Holy Archangels’ Monastery
Archimandrite Dositheos
P.O. Box 422
Kendalia, TX 78027 USA
Tel: (830) 833-2793
Fax: (830) 833-2231
Web Site
10. Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlahernon
Monk Modestos
12600 West Hwy. 318
Williston, FL 32696
Tel: (352) 591-1716
Fax: (352) 591-1719
Web Site
11. Annunciation Monastery
Abbess Agapia
13486 N.W. Hwy. 225
Reddick, FL 32686 USA
Tel: (352) 591-1803
Fax: (352) 591-2083
Web Site
12. Holy Trinity Monastery
Hieromonk Joseph
125 Sturdevant Rd.
Smith Creek, MI 48061 USA
Tel: (810) 367-8134
Fax: (810) 367-6344
13. Holy Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa
Abbess Agne
404 Warner Road
Troy, NC 27371 USA
Tel: (910) 572-3331
Fax: (910) 572-4176
Web Site
14. Panagia Pammakaristou
Hieromonk Nektarios
1631 Creasey Rd.
Lawsonville, NC 27032 USA
Tel: (336) 593-9760
Fax: (336) 593-9767
15. Holy Monastery of St. Nektarios
Hieromonk Joseph
100 Lake Anawanda Rd.
Roscoe, NY 12776 USA
Tel: (607) 498-5285
Fax: (607) 498-5468
Web Site
16. Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Abbot Akakios
17906 Rt. 173
Harvard, IL 60033 USA
Tel: (815) 943-3588
Fax: (815) 943-3878
Web Site
17. Holy Monastery of St. Paraskevi
Abbess Paraskevi
6855 Little York Lane
Washington, TX 77880 USA
Tel: (936) 878-2390
Fax: (936) 878-2630
Web Site


The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson, Washington, USA – From Protesantism to Orthodoxy


The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson, Washington, USA

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy


Fr. George Johnson



I am a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, serving in the cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, D.C. There are some almost uncanny parallels between our lives, even down to the grumpy choir directors. I was (and sometimes still am) the grumpy choir director, however.

I became interested and involved in Anglicanism through a singing job in a “high” church in 1968. At the time, my focus was primarily musical. My parents were devout Southern Baptists, and, while I now appreciate their humility and devotion, in my youth I did not so much. The Episcopal Church offered an escape from the music and worship of the Baptists, which, shall we say, were not to my taste.

The Western liturgical tradition as carried on by the high-church Anglicans seemed to me to be just the right combination of grandness and sobriety justly suited to worship. Having just come from the Baptists, the intellectual and spiritual confusion which at length gave rise to tradition-destroying innovations did not concern me for a long time. I chalked it up to our fallen state, for which God was making accommodations which I did not understand. I thought I could press on for the sake of art and faith, and pray that everything would come out alright. It was going to take a great deal to make me want to throw away Tallis, Byrd, Weelkes, Purcell, …, RVW, Walton, Britten, … , not to mention all the great hymns and tunes, and the gorgeous language of the (old) Prayer Book and Psalter.

A great many things happened, but I’ll cut to the chase. In 1984 or 5, a lesbian member of our parish who sang in my choir asked me to be a member of a committee to help her explore a calling to the priesthood. Needless to say, I begged off. But I did not have the courage to tell her that the thought of her as a priest made me sick. You may be familiar with the musical “Fiddler on the Continue reading “The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson, Washington, USA – From Protesantism to Orthodoxy”

Ο Γέροντας Τρύφων της Νήσου Vashon της Washington σώζει έναν Αμερικάνό που ήθελε να αυτοκτονήσει σε ένα δάσος του Oregon των ΗΠΑ


Ο Γέροντας Τρύφων της Νήσου Vashon της Washington σώζει έναν Αμερικάνό που ήθελε να αυτοκτονήσει σε ένα δάσος του Oregon των ΗΠΑ

Αναφέρει ο Γέροντας Τρύφωνας ο ηγούμενος της Μονής του Σωτήρος Χριστού της Νήσου Vashon στην Washington των ΗΠΑ:

«Πρίν ἀπό πολλά χρόνια, πῆρα ἕνα μονοπάτι πού προχωροῦσε βαθιά σ᾽ ἕνα δάσος τοῦ Oregon, ὅταν εἶδα ξαφνικά μπροστά μου ἕνα νεαρό καθισμένο πάνω σ᾽ ἕνα κούτσουρο. Ἡ ἀφετερία τοῦ μονοπατιοῦ ἀπεῖχε κάπου τέσσερα μίλια ἀπ᾽ τό σημεῖο καί μοῦ φάνηκε πολύ παράξενο πού βρῆκα αὐτόν τόν ἄνθρωπο, μόνο, τόσο βαθιά μεσ᾽ στό δάσος. Ἦταν τόσο βυθισμένος στίς σκέψεις του, πού αἰσθάνθηκα τήν ἀνάγκη νά τοῦ ζητήσω νά μέ συγχωρήση πού τόν ξάφνιασα. Κάτι εἶπα γιά τήν ὀμορφιά τῆς θείας δημιουργίας καί τόν ρώτησα ἄν ἤθελε νά μοιραστοῦμε τό κολατσιό καί τόν καφέ μου. Κάθισα στό κούτσουρο δίπλα του, ἄνοιξα τό σακίδιό μου καί τοῦ ἔδωσα τό μισό ἀπ᾽ τό φαγητό μου. Μετά ἀπό λίγο, στράφηκε πρός τό μέρος μου, μοῦ ἔδειξε ἕνα περίστροφο καί μοῦ εἶπε ὅτι εἶχε ἔρθει στό ἀπομακρυσμένο αὐτό σημεῖο γιά νά αὐτοκτονήση. Μάλιστα ὅταν ἐμφανίσθηκα μέ τή μακρυά γενειάδα μου, τά μακρυά μαλλιά καί τό μαῦρο ράσο μου, νόμιζε ὅτι ἤμουν ἕνας ἄγγελος σταλμένος ἀπ᾽ τό Θεό· προσευχόταν λέει νά τόν συγχωρήση ὁ Θεός γι᾽ αὐτό πού ἑτοιμαζόταν νά κάνη. Τόν διαβεβαίωσα ὅτι εἶχα σάρκα καί ὀστά καί ὅτι δέν ἤμουν ἄγγελος. Πρόστεσα, ὅμως, ὅτι μέ ἔστελνε ὁ Θεός μέ ἕνα μήνυμα γι᾽ αὐτόν. Τό μήνυμα ἔλεγε ὅτι ἦταν πολύ ἀγαπητός στό Θεό καί ὅτι ἡ περίοδος αὐτή τῆς ἀπελπισίας γρήγορα θά περνοῦσε. Μοῦ ἔδωσε τό περίστροφό του, τό ὁποῖο ἔβαλα στό σακίδιό μου, καί κουβεντιάσαμε πολλή ὥρα γιά τή ζωή του. Γιά πολλά χρόνια ἀναρωτιόμουν ποιά κατεύθυνσι ἄραγε νά πῆρε ὁ ἄνθρωπος αὐτός μετά ἀπ᾽ τή συνάντησί μας στό δάσος. Ἀναρωτιόμουν ἀκόμη τί θά εἶχε συμβεῖ ἄν συνέχιζα τήν πεζοπορία μου χωρίς νά σταθῶ νά τόν χαιρετίσω, χωρίς νά τοῦ προσφέρω ἕνα χαμόγελο καί μισό σάντουϊτς. Κάθε φορά πού παραμερίζουμε τόν ἑαυτό μας καί βάζουμε μπροστά τό Χριστό, γινόμασθε δικοί Του ἀγγελιοφόροι».