This is a repost of an inspiring lecture given by Abbot Tryphon and posted last year. Wishing all a Joyous Nativity Fast whether you celebrate the Nativity in a few days or a couple weeks. Editor.
Nativity Fast 2016 A Joyous Fast to All!
Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery located on beautiful Vashon Island, Wa., offered a Talk during an “Nativity/Advent Fast Retreat at St Barnabas Orthodox Church in Costa Mesa, California last year. The talk is entitled: “I Will Walk Among You.”
“For many, “Christmas” has turned into a consumeristic frenzy, but for Christians it should maintain its profound and reverential meaning: it is the Advent of eternal life through the Incarnation of God the Word in the flesh (prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures). This is why for Orthodox Christians the Advent period is a time of fasting, prayer and preparation for the Incarnation of Christ! In this Advent retreat with Father Tryphon, we will learn about the coming of Christ; its purpose; the glorious Incarnation of the Word of God; what He accomplished by taking a body like our own, and surrendering His body to death in place of all; and how we can “enter into” communion with Him and participate in His resurrection! ” From the description on Youtube. (Part two below)
Abbot Tryphon has a both a Blog The Morning Offering (Daily Inspiration from All-Merciful Saviour Monastery) and a daily Podcast also called The Morning Offering Podcast. His site features daily scripture verses, a reflection, and often some lovely pictures of the Monastery or other local NW Orthodox Churches to inspire our pilgrim journey. He has a book “The Morning Offering” which can be purchased here. On a side note I know the Monastery could use financial support. They receive a number of pilgrims and visitors and need to build guest quarters.
Please pray for the suffering Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world.