Commemorated on October 8
The Monk Tryphon,
Archimandrite of Vyatsk, came of pious parents, living in Arkhangelsk
diocese. His parents intended to marry Tryphon off, but he had from his
youthful years a desire for the monastic life, and he secretly left his home
for the city of Ustiug, where he took up residence with a parish priest who
dwelt in strict fasting and prayer. And then he lived in the town of Orletsa
nearby the church, enduring hunger and cold, and from there he moved on to the
Pyshkorsk monastery at the River Kama. Here the Monk Tryphon was received into
monastic life and received tonsure under the hegumen Varlaam. The 22 year old
monk did not pass up a single church service, and he did heavy obedience in the
bakery. When he fell grievously ill, Saint Nicholas appeared to him and healed
him, encouraging him in ascetic effort.
In search of
solitude, the monk went to the Mulyanka River and settled at the place where
now is situated the city Perm. Here he converted to Christianity the pagan
Ostyaks and Voguli. Then the Monk Tryphon withdrew to the River Chusova and
founded there a monastery in honour of the Uspenie-Dormition of the MostHoly
Mother of God. In 1580 he arrived in the city of Khynov in Vyatsk diocese, and
likewise he founded there an Uspensk monastery and was made archimandrite.
Being a strict ascetic, he wore an hairshirt on his body and also heavy chains.
The soul of the elder thirsted for the enlightenment of the lost with the light
of faith in Christ. He devoted all his energy to this holy effort.
Before his death, the
Monk Tryphon wrote a last testament to the brethren, in which he says:
"Fathers and brethren, thou flock gathered about Christ! Heed me, a
sinner. Though I be coarse and worse than any, God and His All-Pure Mother have
permitted me, a sinner, to manage His household. I beseech ye, for God and His
All-Pure Mother, have spiritual love amongst yourselves. Without this no virtue
is complete before God. The lips of Christ bespoke the disciples: "Love
one another" (Jn. 13: 34). And in the words of the Apostle Paul:
"Bear each other's burdens" (Gal. 6: 2). Condemn ye not one another
before God, whether in the temple or in the cell, either alone or in common
with the brethren. Do fearfully your cell prayers. And by no means neglect
church singing; although there be other matters, hasten to church to God for
spiritual song. First give to God what is God's, and then fulfill the other
matters". The Monk Tryphon expired to the Lord in old age in 1612. He was
buried in the Vyatsk monastery founded by him.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.