Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 3)

It is the Holy Spirit who shows us joy in each flower: the exquisite scent, the delicate color, the beauty of the Most High in the tiniest of things. Glory and honor be to the Spirit, the Giver of Life, who covers the fields with their carpet of flowers, crowns the harvest with gold, and gives us the joy of gazing at it with our eyes. O be joyful and sing to him: Alleluia!

Alleluia!

How glorious you are in the springtime, when every creature awakens to new life and joyfully sings your praises with a thousand tongues. You are the Source of Life, the Destroyer of Death. By the light of the moon nightingales sing, and the valleys and hills lies like wedding garments, white as snow. All the earth is your promised bride awaiting her spotless husband. If the grass of the field is like this, how gloriously shall we be transfigured in the Second Coming after the Resurrection! How splendid our bodies, how spotless our souls:

Glory to you, bringing from the depth of the earth an endless variety of colors, tastes and scents.

Glory to you for the warmth and tenderness of the world of nature.

Glory to you for the numberless creatures around us.

Glory to you for the depths of your wisdom, the whole world a living sign of it.

Glory to you! On my knees, I kiss the traces of Thine unseen hand.

Glory to you, enlightening us with the clearness of eternal life.

Glory to you for the hope of the unutterable, imperishable beauty of immortality.

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

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 3, Antiochian Orthodox

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

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pastorstratman

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

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