Akathist of Thanksgiving

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“Give thanks  in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians 5:18

Akathist of Thanksgiving

This remarkable akathist was written in Russia by Metropolitan Tryphon, (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov) not long before his death in 1934. That he was able to write such a moving and poetic hymn of praise inthe conditions of those years, is a revelation not only of the depth of his spiritual vision, but of the Russian experience of faith that emerged in the 20th century. The akathist came to be known through Archpriest Gregory Petroff, who died in a Soviet prison camp in the 1940s. He, in fact, was originally thought to have been the author of the akathist. Well known today in the Orthodox world, this akathist was brought to St. Nicholas Cathedral in 1986 by Marina Cheremetieff, a long time parishioner. It had been given to her by a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church serving in Morocco. Impressed by its poetic beauty, she asked me to join her in preparing the English text. Some sections were then set to Kiev and Valaam chant by St. Nicholas Choir Director, Pat Shaw, with congregational singing in mind. The akathist was presented at St. Nicholas Cathedral on Thanksgiving several times, read by Bishop Basil (Rodzianko) and sung by the church choir.

Marilyn P. Swezey

from Akathist of Thanksgiving (lyrics)

Glory be to God for Everything
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 the heavenly joy of Your Kingdom to come. Hold us in Your mercy now and ever, we who sing: Glory to You, O God, unto ages of ages.
Ikos 1
Into the world I was born as a weak, helpless child, but Your Angel spread wings of light over me, guarding my crib. Ever since then, Your love lights all my paths, wonderfully guiding me towards the light of eternity. Gloriously, 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:
Glory to You, Who called me to life,
Glory to You, Who have shown me the beauty of the universe,
Glory to You, Who have opened before me the sky and
the earth as an eternal book of wisdom,
Glory to the eternity of You in the midst of the world of time,
Glory to You for Your hidden and evident goodness,
Glory to You for every sigh of my sadness,
Glory to You for every step of my life, for every moment of joy,
Glory to You, O God, unto ages of ages. ….

Also: A New Edition of the Lyrics from Monachos.net

A You Tube Presentation by St Lawrence Orthodox Parish Choir (Felton, California):

St. Ignatius Orthodox Church CD

from The Gulag Collection

samples and download (for a price)  from iTunes


pictures from Driving Miss Terry: Would You Like to Come to Dinner& Haunting ‘Gulag Collection’ Records Soviets’ Inhumanity 

The Gulag Collection was created by Nikolai Getman


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