Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 2)

O Lord, how lovely it is to be your guest:
the breezes are  full of scents;
the mountains reach to the skies;
the waters like boundless mirrors
and the floating clouds
reflect the sun’s golden rays.
All nature murmurs mysteriously,
breathing the depth of tenderness.
Birds and beasts of the forest
bear the imprint of your love.

You have blessed our home, the earth,
in its changing loveliness,
which wakens our yearning for happiness that will last forever,
in the land where beauty never grows old,
and the cry rings out:
Alleluia!
Alleluia!

You have brought me into life as into an enchanted paradise.
We have seen the sky like a dome of deepest blue,
where the birds sing in the heights.
We have listened to the rustling leaves of the forest
and the bubbling music of the streams.
We have tasted the freshest fruit
and the sweetest honey.
We can live very well on your earth.
It is a pleasure to be your guest!

Glory to you for each day of life;
glory to you for the perfume of lilies and roses.

Glory to you for each different taste of berry and fruit;
glory to you for the sparkling silver of early morning dew.

Glory to you for the joy of dawn’s awakening;
glory to you for the new life each day brings.

Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 2, Antiochian Orthodox

Source of this version: Modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/akathist-of-thanksgiving

The paragraph, “You have blessed our home, the earth…” was changed because the original read as if it were a prayer to “Mother Earth.”

 

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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