Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 5)

The dark clouds of life bring no terror to those in whose hearts your fire is burning brightly. Outside is the darkness, terror and howling of the storm; but in the heart, in the presence of Christ, there is light, peace and silence: Alleluia!

Alleluia!

I see your heavens sparkling with stars. How glorious you are, radiant with light! Eternity watches me by the rays of the distant stars. I am small, insignificant, but the Lord is at my side. your right arm guides me wherever I go.

Glory to you for constantly watching over me.

Glory to you for the encounters you arrange for me.

Glory to you for the love of parents, for the faithfulness of friends.

Glory to you for the humbleness of the animals which serve me.

Glory to you for the unforgettable moments of life.

Glory to you for the heart’s innocent joy.

Glory to you for the joy of living moving and being able to return your love.

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

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 5, Antiochian Orthodox

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

Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 4)

How sweet for those whose thoughts dwell on you. How life-giving is your holy Word. To speak with you is more soothing than anointing with oil, sweeter than the honeycomb. To pray to you lifts the spirit and refreshes the soul. Where you are not, there is only emptiness; hearts are smitten with sadness; nature, and life itself, become sorrowful; where you are, the soul is filled with abundance, and its song resounds like a torrent of life: Alleluia!

Alleluia!

When the sun is setting, when quietness falls like the peace of eternal sleep, and the silence of the spent day reigns, then in the splendor of its declining rays, filtering through the clouds, I see your heavens: fiery and purple, gold and blue, they declare the unspeakable beauty of your presence, and call to us in their majesty. We turn to the Father:

Glory to you at the hushed hour of nightfall.

Glory to you , covering the earth with peace.

Glory to you for the last ray of the sun as it sets.

Glory to you for sleep’s repose that restores us.

Glory to you for your goodness even in the time of darkness when all the world is hidden from our eyes.

Glory to you for the prayers offered by a trembling soul.

Glory to you for the pledge of our reawakening on that glorious last day, that day which has no evening.

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

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 4, Antiochian Orthodox

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

 

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

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.”

 

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

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

A General Intercession

O Lord Jesus Christ our God,
in your mercy and loving kindness
you regard the prayers of all who call on you with their whole heart.
Hear my prayer, now humbly offered to you:

Remember, O Lord, your church.
Confirm and strengthen it,
increase it and keep it in peace,
and preserve it forever.

Remember, O Lord, our bishops,
our pastors and teachers,
and all servants in your church
which you established to feed the flock with your Word.
Hear their prayers,
have mercy on me,
and save me, a sinner.

Remember, O Lord,
all civil authorities,
our armed forces,
this city in which we dwell,
and every city and land.
Grant us peaceful times,
that we may lead a calm and tranquil life
in all godliness and holiness.

Remember, O Lord,
my parents,
my brothers and sisters,
my relatives and friends,
and all who are near and dear to me, [especially…]
and grant them mercy, life, peace,
health, salvation and visitation,
pardon and forgiveness of sins,
that they may forever praise and glorify your holy name.

Remember, O Lord,
those who travel by land, and sea, and air,
the young and the old,
orphans and widows,
the sick and the suffering,
the sorrowing and the afflicted,
all captives,
and the poor and needy.
On all these, pour out your mercy,
for you are the giver of all good things.

Remember, O Lord,
me, your humble servant.
Grant me your grace,
that I may be diligent and faithful,
that I may avoid evil company and influence,
and resist all temptation;
that I may lead a godly and righteous life,
blameless and peaceful,
always serving you.

I remember, O Lord,
all those who have fallen asleep
in the hope of resurrection to life eternal,
whom you shelter
in a place of brightness and heavenly rest,
where all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away,
and where the sight of your face gladdens all your saints.
Bring me, at last, with all your saints
to glory everlasting.

O Lord, hear my prayer,
for you are merciful and compassionate,
and you love mankind,
and to you are due all glory, honor, and worship,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen.

Source: Antiochan Orthodox Church

Source of this version: Freely modified and adapted from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/occasional-prayers

Petition “I remember, O Lord, all those who have fallen asleep…” is rendered here as a remembrance of the dead. In the original is a prayer for the dead:

Be mindful, O Lord, of all those who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal, especially N., NN.; pardon all their transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, whether in word, or deed, or thought. Shelter them in a place of brightness, a place of verdure, a place of repose, whence all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away, and where the sight of thy countenance rejoiceth all thy Saints from all the ages. Grant them thy heavenly Kingdom, and a portion in thine ineffable and eternal blessings, and the enjoyment of thine unending Life.

Arranged as a Litany

O Lord Jesus Christ our God,
in your mercy and loving kindness
regard the prayers of all who call on you with their whole heart.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord, your church.
Confirm and strengthen it,
increase it and keep it in peace,
and preserve it forever.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord, our bishops,
our pastors and teachers,
and all servants in your church
which you established to feed the flock with your Word.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord,
all civil authorities,
our armed forces,
this city in which we dwell,
and every city and land.
Grant us peaceful times,
that we may lead a calm and tranquil life
in all godliness and holiness.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord,
our parents,
our brothers and sisters,
our relatives and friends,
and all who are near and dear to us, [especially…]
and grant them mercy, life, peace,
health, salvation and visitation,
pardon and forgiveness of sins,
that they may forever praise and glorify your holy name.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord,
those who travel by land, and sea, and air,
the young and the old,
orphans and widows,
the sick and the suffering,
the sorrowing and the afflicted,
all captives,
and the poor and needy.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

O Lord,
remember us, your humble servants.
Grant us your grace,
that we may be diligent and faithful,
that we may avoid evil company and influence,
and resist all temptation;
that we may lead a godly and righteous lives,
blameless and peaceful,
always serving you.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

We remember, O Lord,
all those who have fallen asleep
in the hope of resurrection to life eternal,
whom you shelter
in a place of brightness and heavenly rest,
where all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away,
and where the sight of your face gladdens all your saints.
Bring us, at last, with all your saints
to glory everlasting.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

O Lord, hear our prayer,
for you are merciful and compassionate,
and you love mankind,
and to you are due all glory, honor, and worship,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen.

Response is taken from Psalm 102:1 (EHV)

After Deliverance from Trouble

Almighty and merciful God,
I humbly and heartily thank you
for your loving kindness and tender mercies,
that you have heard my humble prayer,
and graciously delivered me
from my trouble and misery.
Give me the help of your grace
that I may obediently walk in your holy commandments,
and lead a sober, righteous and godly life,
always remembering your mercies
and the blessings you have undeservedly bestowed on me,
that I may continually offer you a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Church

Source of this version: Freely modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/occasional-prayers