Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 1)

Everlasting King, your will for our salvation is full of power.
Your right arm controls the whole course of human life.
We give you thanks for all your mercies, seen and unseen;
for eternal life,
for the heavenly joys of the kingdom which is to be.
Grant mercy to us who sing your praise,
both now and in the time to come:
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

I was born a weak, defenseless child,
but your angel spread his wings over my cradle to defend me.
From birth until now your love has enlightened my path,
and has guided me towards the light of eternity.
From birth until now
the generous gifts of your providence
have been marvelously showered on me.
I give you thanks with all who have come to know you, who call on your name.

Glory to you for calling me into being;
glory to you, showing me the beauty of the universe.

Glory to you, spreading out before me heaven and earth,
like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom.

Glory to you for your eternity in this fleeting world;
glory to you for your mercies, seen and unseen.

Glory to you through every sigh of my sorrow;
glory to you for every step of my life’s journey, for every moment of glory.

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

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 1, Antiochian Orthodox

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

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