THE AKATHIST OF THANKSGIVING

“Glory to God for all things!”
The Very Reverend Father Gregory Petroff (+1942)
KONTAKION 1 Incorruptible King of all ages, holding in your hand every path of human life through the power of Your saving Providence. We thank you for all the good things You do, those we know and those we don't know, for earthly life and for the heavenly oy of Your Kingdom to come. !old us in Your mercy now and ever we who sing" #lory to You, $ #od, unto ages of ages. Ikos Into the world I was born as a weak, helpless child, but Your %ngel spread wings of light over me, guarding my crib. &ver since then Your love lights all my paths, wonderfully guiding me towards the light of eternity. #loriously, the generous gifts of Your Providence have been manifest from the very first day. I am thankful to You and with all who have come to know You, call out" #lory to You, Who called me to life, #lory to You, Who have shown me the beauty of the universe, #lory to You, Who have opened before me the sky and the earth as an eternal book of wisdom, #lory to the eternity of You, in the midst of the world of time, #lory to You, for Your hidden and evident goodness, #lory to You, for every sigh of my sadness, #lory to You, for every step of my life, for every moment of oy, #lory to You, $ #od, unto ages of ages. KONTAKION 2 'ord, how good it is to be Your guest( the delicately scented wind, the mountains stretching to the sky, the waters reflecting like infinite mirrors, the golden rays of sun, the airiness of clouds. %ll nature secretly whispers, full of tenderness, and even the birds and beasts bear the mark of Your 'ove. )lessed is mother earth with her transient

longing for the homeland which is eternal and where an imperishable beauty rings out" %lleluia. *o the song of the nightingale. You. Who spreads forth the meadows like a flowering carpet. in a delicate flow of aroma and tenderness of color( the beauty of the #reat contained in what is small. $ #od. for the smile of awakening enlightenment. %ll the earth is Your bride. . Ikos You brought me into this life as into an enchanting paradise.beauty. If You clothe even the grass in such a splendid way. how will You transfigure us in the future age of resurrection. 'et us re oice and sing to !im" %lleluia. how will our bodies be made light and our souls be made luminous" #lory to You. when all creatures come to life again and in a thousand ways oyfully call out to You" You are the source of life( You are the victor over death. KONTAKION 3 &very flower is fragrant through the power of the !oly . You. You. waiting for the immortal bridegroom. You. for the morning dew.pirit. for all that is heavenly. Who crowns the fields with golden ears of wheat and a+ure basilisks. for the festival of life. It is good to be with You on earth. *he sky is a deep blue vessel of a+ure out of which rings the sound of birds( there is the rustling sound of the forest and the sweet sounding music of the waters( the fragrant and sweet fruit and honey which we eat. foreshadowing eternal life. You. oyous to be Your guest" #lory #lory #lory #lory #lory #lory #lory to to to to to to to You. shining like diamonds. Praise and honor to #od Who gives life. for the fragrant lilies of the valley and the roses. Ikos !ow beautiful You are in the triumphant festival of spring. and the soul with the oy of contemplation. for the delectable variety of berries and fruits. unto ages of ages. You. Who brought out of the earth's darkness diversity of color. the valleys and forests stand in snow white bridal array by the light of the season.

I kiss reverently the footprint of Your invisible tread. What trembling then fills the heart.0 #lory to You. and fragrance. unto ages of ages. for the warmth and caress of all nature. how life-giving is Your Word. #lory to You. gold and a+ure speak prophetically of the unutterable beauty of Your world and cry out triumphantly" 0'et us go to the /ather. Where You are not there is emptiness. a torrent of life" %lleluia. Who kindled before us the bright light of eternal life. when the world is so remote. unto ages of ages. unending day. for Your presence in darkness. $ #od. for the last rays of sunlight. for the promise of awakening to the oy of the eternal. #lory to You. #lory to You. #lory to You. incorruptible beauty. KONTAKION 4 !ow you bring sweetness to those who think of You. #lory to You. #lory to You. #lory to You. in the stillness of the evening. for the hope of immortal. #lory to You. Where You are there is richness of soul. for rest and the gift of sleep. #lory to You. for surrounding us with thousands of Your creatures. it is softer than oil. Ikos When sunset descends over the earth and the peace of eternal sleep and the stillness of the fading day come to reign. #lory to You. #lory to You. ideal. /iery red.taste. KONTAKION 5 . Praying to You brings 'ife into us and gives us wings. it is sweeter than honey to talk with You. $ #od. #lory to You. I see Your abode in the guise of glistening palaces and clouds hovering in the evening light. What dignity and greatness and wisdom there are in nature and all of life. #lory to You. Who have bestowed great peace to the world. for the depth of Your wisdom reflected in the whole world. #lory to You. for prayer from the depth of a heart touched by You.

1hrist is there. #lory to You. dark and unreal these moments seem. #lory to You. You shake the earth about like a garment. for for for for for for for Your constant care of me. Praise be to You in the thundering of volcanoes spitting fire.*he storms of life are not frightening to one in whose heart shines the light of Your /ire. and the howling wind. like lightning. $ how rich You are. providential encounters with people. but the 'ord is with me. In ust such a way You suddenly light up my soul during the times of deepest oy in my life. #lory to You. %ll around the weather is bad( there is darkness. #lory to You. of moving and $ #od. Ikos When the palaces of earth are suddenly lit up by lightning bursting forth. %nd the heart sings" %lleluia. how colorless. Praise be to You Who humble human pride. ama+ing in Your greatness. #lory to You. the luminous moments of my life. &ternity looks at me through the rays of distant worlds( I am so small and inconse2uential. contemplating. %nd my soul rushes in pursuit of You" . drawing out the repentant cry" %lleluia. #lory to You. the love of relatives. the happiness of living. the bright oys of my heart. You lift up the waves of the sea into the sky. the gentleness of animals who serve me. Ikos I see Your heavens glittering with stars. KONTAKION 6 !ow great and near You are in the power of thunderstorms. )ut in the soul of such a one there is peace and light. unto ages of ages. how visible is Your mighty hand in the blinding curves of lightning. how much light You have. the devotion of friends. !is loving hand is everywhere protecting me" #lory to You. %nd after the brilliance of Your light. how paltry seem our ordinary lights afterward. #lory to You. horror. *he voice of the 'ord is over the fields and in the sound of the forests( the voice of the 'ord is in the birth of the thunder and rain( the voice of the 'ord is over many waters.

#lory to You. #lory to You. of how great You are in man" #lory to You. Ikos *hrough the descent of the !oly . *hrough the power of the inmost mind. #lory to You. in the height of musical color. #lory to You. and for the happiness of feeling Your presence and living with You. #lory to You. for our tireless thirst for You.pirit You enlighten the thought of artists. . opening for us the abyss of Your creative wisdom. #lory to You. for all that has been revealed to us through Your goodness. in the brilliance of artistic creativity. %ll that is truly beautiful carries the soul to You in a mighty call. beyond the limit of the highest human dream. #lory to You. Who have inspired in us dissatisfaction with earthly things. they are prophetically able to perceive Your laws. for the life-giving strength of work. #lory to You.#lory to You. for all You have kept hidden in Your wisdom. for the genius of the human mind. poets and scientific geniuses. unto ages of ages. and forces it to sing rapturously" %lleluia. #lory to You. #lory to You. and Who have doomed to annihilation every kind of evil. all of nature is full of the laws of Your being. Who have broken the power of the spirits of darkness. KONTAKION 7 $ne hears Your call in a wonderful composition of sounds. *heir works involuntarily speak of You( of how great You are in Your creations. for Your revelations. Who have manifested the unfathomable force of the laws of the universe. #lory to You. $ #od. Who have enveloped us in the delicate rays of Your light. You open for us the environment of our future paradise in melodious singing and harmonious tones.

#lory to You. Who grant my wishes when they are good. In times of hardship and suffering. KONTAKION 9 Why does all nature smile mysteriously on feast days4 Why is the heart filled at these times with a wonderful lightness that is incomparable to anything on earth( how is it that the very air at the altar and in the 1hurch become light bearing4 *his is the breath of Your grace. $ #od. unto ages of ages. Who have promised our desired reunion with those who have died. for the fiery tongues of inspiration. one of Your innumerable rays falls on . and to You we sing the song" %lleluia. KONTAKION 8 !ow near You are in the days of illness( You Yourself visit the sick. You are consoling. the glow of the light of *abor( the sky and the earth are singing at these times in praise" %lleluia. #lory to You. curing hardships and losses with the healing course of time. and call to You even now" #lory to You. You illumine the soul with peace( You send une3pected help. You Yourself bend down to the bed of the sufferer and the heart speaks to You. unto ages of ages. *hen I understood that You are goodness( blessed are those who seek You. You answered my prayer and my soul knew a wonderful peace. for Whom there is no such thing as a hopeless loss( You give eternal life to all. #lory to You. #lory to You. searching and saving love. I began to call to You again and again. Who have made immortal all that is good and lofty.#lory to You. #lory to You. Ikos When You have inspired me to serve those around me and illumined my heart with humility. Ikos When as a child I consciously called to You for the first time. Who watch over me day and night. #lory to You. $ #od.

as iron in fire( and I saw Your mysterious. but You can set aright those whose conscience has become decayed( You restore the soul to its former beauty in those who have lost it beyond all hope.my heart making it light bearing. Who send failures and sorrows to us so that we might be sensitive to the sufferings of others.harpen my hearing so that every minute of my life I can hear Your mysterious voice. You are the 1reator and the 5estorer. $ #od. and call to You Who are everywhere present" . #lory to You. Who have placed a great reward on the value of goodness in itself. Who have raised love higher than anything on earth or in heaven. . Who clearly abide where there is kindness and generosity of heart. unto ages of ages. Who accept our moments of soaring. do not let me fall away from You. save me through the power of Your grace. KONTAKION 10 *hat which is broken cannot be restored. Who have transfigured our life with the good things that we do. With You there is nothing that cannot be put aright. #lory to You. #lory to You. *o You we sing praise" %lleluia. You are all love. Ikos 6y #od. imperceptible /ace" #lory to You. do not allow me to doubt You. #lory to You. Who have imprinted an unutterable sweetness on every precept of Yours. #lory to You. #lory to You. #lory to You. You Who know the fall of the proud angel.

Ikos )lessed is he who will have supper in Your Kingdom. ine3haustible abyss of forgiveness.unutterable and beyond all being" #lory to You. I see Your 1ross( it is for my sake. You. Your body and blood( and I. have taken this sacred gift and felt Your love . You. . but You have already admitted me to this bliss. for the bread of eternal oy. unto ages of ages.#lory #lory #lory #lory #lory #lory suffering. Who restore the purity of immaculate lilies to those who repent. for the unfathomable. KONTAKION 11 *hrough the icy link of the ages. Who breathe new life into us with the life-giving water of )aptism. such a sinner. You. #lory to You. Who have raised up Your 1hurch as a refuge of peace for an e3hausted world. where there is a triumph of love and salvation. for the guidance of a secret inner voice. Who sober us from the heat of passions with to You. for the cup of life. You. #lory to You. to You. You are already near( time has partly vanished. for the gift of premonitions. #lory to You. unto ages of ages. Who led us to heaven. for providential coincidences. and unceasing praise unto all ages" %lleluia. #lory to You. for revelations in dreams and when awake. $ #od. !ow many times have You e3tended to me with Your 7ivine !and. I feel the warmth of Your 7ivine breath( I hear the flow of blood. #lory #lory to to to to to to You. Who destroy our useless plans. life-giving power of grace. $ #od. Who humble pride of heart to save us. You. 6y spirit is in ashes before the 1ross. #lory to You. #lory to You. #lory to You.

the waters murmur and the choirs of stars preach of You with their harmonious movement in infinite space. as they silently call upon You. but I do not. KONTAKION 13 $ all bountiful and life-giving *rinity. #lory to You. we may enter into the eternal oy of our 'ord with victorious praise" %lleluia. all !oly . Who have shown us light. #lory to You.on. unto ages of ages. *hat is the gift of the highest of souls. Who have willed us Your Kingdom. $ #od. Ikos !ow can I give praise to You4 I have not heard the songs of the cherubim. accept this gratitude for all of Your mercies and make us worthy of your 7ivine gifts so that having multiplied the talents given us.KONTAKION 12 6any times I have seen the reflection of Your glory on the faces of the dead. clothed in white and sparkling with diamonds of snow( I have seen how the rising sun re oices in You and the choirs of birds resound in praise( I have heard the forest speak mysteriously of You. and the 'ife. #lory to You. #lory to You. )ut I know how nature gives praise to You" in winter I have beheld the moonlight stillness when the whole earth 2uietly prays to You. Yet while I am alive I see Your love( I want to thank You. %lleluia. the *ruth. deep. Who have loved us with love immeasurable. Who have surrounded us with light. #lory to You. )ut what is my praise4 8ature responds to Your laws. and call out" #lory to You. $ 7ivine *rinity.pirit and life-giving sun of the future age. #lory to You. What unearthly beauty and oy shone from them( how ethereal and immaterial were their features. all !oly . to pray to You. all !oly /ather. the Way. *his is the triumph of happiness and peace received gracefully. 7ivine. . %lleluia. #lory to You for everything. all bountiful. %t the hour of my death also illumine my soul as I call" %lleluia. and with hosts of angels and saints.

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