Entrance of St. Nina (Nino), Equal-to-the-Apostles, into Georgia (323) (Georgia).
Monk-martyrs and confessors John, Conon, Jeremias, Cyril, Theoctistus, Barnabas, Maximus, Theognostus, Joseph, Gennadius, Gerasimus, Mark, and Herman of Cyprus, who suffered under the Latins (1231).
We all know of the wrongful death George Floyd and the subsequent riots and protests. I will not speak of this personally but rather will share Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery fb on Vashon Island, Washington reflection on it. ( Please note if you read it on the website you will see a photo of Abbot Tryphon and Fr Moses Berry together. Fr Moses two videos embedded below. May the Lord have mercy on George (Floyd) and for those who loved him. And for those who were involved in his unjust death, may the Lord bring them to repentance. And for all of us that we may repent of our sins of commission and omission against our neighbors. St Moses Pray for all of us.
The western world has entered a period of decadence and decline, for we’ve departed far from our Christian roots. With the Western world having turned our collective roots on our common historical and cultural Christian heritage, a secular based world-view now reigns dominant. We are now witnessing the ravaging of our social institutions, our churches have been closed by the pandemic that is sweeping across the world, and racism, together with a massive economic collapse, has sparked nation-wide violence and destruction like never witnessed in our nation’s history.
These are terrible times in which our churches have been forced to close by our state governments, our nation’s economic foundation is in ruins, and racism is raising its ugly head. Is it any wonder all this is contributing to the proliferation of violent demonstrations across our country? Should this all not be a clear reminder of just how far we’ve departed as a people from the biblical image of a God-centered society? Is it not clear that all this is being allowed by God as a wakeup call?
Now is the time we are all being called to repentance, both individually, and as a nation, and return to the true basis of what it means to be “one nation, under God”. Unless we see a return to God, and a collective nationwide repentance before the Lord, our country, and even the world, will face destruction, and it will be only ourselves who are to blame.
The good news is that we can learn from this national disaster, and begin to make this a better society. Our black brothers and sisters have suffered more from this pandemic than the general population because many of them, due to the inequalities they’ve suffered, accompanied by the poverty that has befallen them because of racism, have been more vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus.
This must be a call to action for the rest of us, that we learn the truth that the words, to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’, and that ‘There is no commandment greater than these (Matthew 22:37-39).’” If we truly desire to love God, we must know that loving our neighbor is required of us, for the commandment is a twofold commandment.
If we are to truly heed the call to repentance, we will come out of this pandemic as a people who are united, and where racial and economic disparity is forever put off as the dark side of our common history. And we will come out of this as a people who truly love God, and are forever devoid of hatred and racial disparity.
Love in Christ,
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.