AKATHIST OF THANKSGIVING
Below we reproduce a short extract:
O Lord, how good it is to be Thy guest! Fragrant wind, mountains reaching into the sky, waters like boundless mirrors reflecting golden rays and light clouds. All nature mysteriously whispereth, full of caresses, and the birds and the beasts bear the seal of Thy love. Blessed is Mother Earth with her swift, passing beauty, awakening yearning for the eternal homeland where soundeth incorruptible beauty: Alleluia.
Thou didst lead me into this life as into an enchanting paradise. We have looked upon the sky as a deep blue chalice, in whose azure the birds ring out. We have heard the soothing murmur of the forest, and sweet-sounding music of waters; we have tasted fragrant and sweet fruits, and scented honey. It is good in Thy home on earth, joyous to be Thy guests.
to Thee for the feast of life!
By the power of Thy Holy Spirit, every flower breatheth, calm wind-borne fragrance, delicate hue, the beauty of the great with the small. Praise and honour to the life-creating God, Who spreadeth forth the meadows as a flowering carpet, and crowneth the fields with golden sheaves, and azure cornflowers, for the joy of souls’ contemplation. Be glad, and sing unto Him: Alleluia.
How beautiful art Thou in the triumph of spring when all creatures arise and in thousands of harmonious ways joyfully cry unto Thee; thou art the Well-spring of life; Thou art the Conqueror of death. In the light of the crescent moon and the song of the nightingale; the valleys and the forests are set in their snow-white bridal veils, the whole earth, Thy bride, awaiteth her Eternal Bridegroom. If Thou so clothest the grass, how then wilt Thou transfigure us in the resurrection of the age to come; how lightened will our bodies be, how shining our souls?
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