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Service and Akathist of Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Service

John-Peter Presson Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 8:57 AM
To: Joanna Higginbotham

The foregoing is the complete service blessed by St. Tikhon while he was being an Apostle to America during his reign as Archbishop of San Francisco.



John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo
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THANKSGIVING DAY VESPERS
Publish in 1901 with the blessings of St. Tikhon of Moscow
Fourth Thursday in November

AT VESPERS
No reading from the Psalter.

At “Lord, I call” in Tone 1
Come, ye thankful people,* and let us raise a hymn of grateful praise to God,’ our Benefactor and Creator,’ the bounteous source of all our blessings,’ the riches of our earthly life,’ and the glory of the world to come,’ for in His great mercy and love for us His children,’ He has granted us salvation. (2)

Come, ‘ye thankful people,’ and let us praise the Father,’ who in His goodness’ created heaven and earth,’ and all that is in them,’ endowing us His creatures,’ with reason to worship Him,’ who in His great mercy and love for us His children.* has granted us salvation. (2)

Come, ye thankful people,’ and let us praise the only-begotten Son,’ who for our sakes did clothe Himself in mortal nature,’ deigning to suffer and die for us,’ trampling down death and raising us with Himself,’ who in His great mercy and love for us His children,’ has granted us salvation. (2)

Come, ye thankful people,’ and let us praise the Holy Spirit,’ who descended upon the Apostles,’ making them fishers of men,’ through whom the earth has received,’ the knowledge of the Holy Trinity,’ who in His great’ mercy and love for us His children,’ has granted us salvation. (2)

Glory…now, and ever, same tone.

Come, ye thankful people,’ and let us raise a hymn of grateful praise to God,’ our Benefactor and Creator,’ the bounteous source of all our blessings,* the riches of our earthly life,’ and the glory of the world to come,* for in His great mercy and love for us His children,’ He has granted us salvation.

Then the entrance, “O Gladsome Light” and the prokeimenon of the day in
Tone 5:
Save me. O God by Thy Name and judge me by Thy strength.
v. O God, hearken unto my prayer; give heed to the sayings of my mouth.


Then the Old Testament Readings:
The reading of Deuteronomy (16. 9-11):
In those days Moses said to the people of Israel: Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thy hand, which thou shalt give unto the Lord thy God, according as the Lord thy God hath blessed thee. And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to place His Name.

The reading of Deuteronomy (26: 1-5. 9-11):
In those days Moses said to the people of Israel: And it shall be, when thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and shalt possess it and dwell therein; that thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, and shall put it in a basket, and shalt go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place His Name. And thou shalt go to the priest in those days, and say to him, I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come to the country which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us. And the priest shall take the basket out of thy hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God. And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God: Thou hast given us this land, a land that flows with milk and honey. And now, behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land, which Thou, O Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God. And thou shalt rejoice in every’ good thing which the Lord thy God hath given to thee, and to thy house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.

The reading of Chronicles (Book 1, 29. 6-14:
Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly, and gave for the service of the House of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the Lord, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever. Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee and praise Thy glorious Name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort?.. For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.

At the Lity, Tone 5
We, the faithful,’ thank Thee O heavenly Father’ for all the blessings of this life,* for all its joys and all its sorrows;’ may we always dwell in Thy heavenly grace,’ as recipients of Thy bounteous mercies* and everlasting peace.
Glory… now and ever, Tone 2

Now thank we all our God,* in hymns of grateful praise,’ for the beauty and bounty of the earth,’ for the joy of human love,’ kinsmen and friends with us and departed,* and for the truth of the Orthodox faith,* through which we have come to know the greatest gift of all,* His limitless love that grants to us salvation.

At the Apostikha, Tone 4
Filled now with the Holy Spirit,* singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord,’ let us praise God our Father in psalms and hymns,* giving thanks always for all things’ in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,* who has granted salvation to the world.

v. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High. (Ps. 91: 1)

We give thanks to God the Father,* for our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ,’ for the love of all His saints,* and for the truth of the Gospel,’ which we and all the world have received,’ bringing forth the fruit of the grace of God,’ and salvation to our souls.

v. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. (Ps. 94: 2)We give thanks to God the Father,’ for He so loved the world,’ that He gave His only-begotten Son,’ that whosoever believes in Him* shall gain eternal life,’ great mercy and salvation.

Glory… now and ever, Tone 3

Come, and with the angels’ let us praise our Lord and Maker’ our Deliverance from distress,’ our Defense in time of danger,’ our Healing in sickness,’ our Comfort in sorrow,’ our Hope in despair,’ our Help in adversity;’ and let us offer songs of thanksgiving’ for this His greatest gift,’ His ever-abiding mercy and love for us,’ through which we are granted forgiveness of sins’ and life everlasting.

The Song of Simeon and Trisagion prayers.

At the blessing of the loaves the Troparion, Tone 4.
We, Thy thankful and unworthy servants,’ praise and glorify Thee, O Lord,’ for Thy great benefits which we have received.’ We bless Thee, we thank Thee, we sing to Thee,* and we magnify Thy great goodness.’ And in lowliness and love we hymn Thee:’ O Benefactor and Savior, glory to Thee!


AT MATINS
At “God is the Lord” the Troparion, Tone 4.
We, Thy thankful and unworthy servants,’ praise and glorify Thee, O Lord,’ for Thy great benefits which we have received.’ We bless Thee, we thank Thee, we sing to Thee,* and we magnify Thy great goodness.’ And in lowliness and love we hymn Thee:’ O Benefactor and Savior, glory to Thee!

After the first reading from the Psalter, the Sessional Hymn, Tone 6.
Let us praise God in hymns of thanksgiving,’ ever blessing Him for His bounty and mercy,’ His earthly gifts and heavenly grace,’ His mercy and forgiveness,’ His never ending lovetowards us His children,* through which we have received* the promise of immortality.
Glory… now and ever. Repeat.

After the second reading from the Psalter, the Sessional Hymn. Tone 6.
Let us praise the Almighty God.* for His benevolence and love towards us,” for our preservation and the blessings of this life;’ yet above all let us thank Him* for His inestimable love* in the redemption of the world* by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,* for the means of grace,* and for the hope of eternal life.
Glory… now and ever. Repeat.

The polyeleion and Megalynarion.
We magnify Thee, O Christ the Giver of Life, and we raise our hymn of grateful praise for all Thine earthly blessings and the hope of eternal life.

v. I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of the Lord.  (Ps. 115:8)
Sessional Hymn, Tone 7.

Let our hearts be unfeignedly thankful,* and let us sing hymns of praise to God,* showing forth our gratitude’ not only with our lips but in our lives,* by giving ourselves up to His service* and walking before Him in holiness and righteousness* throughout all our days.

Glory… now and ever. Repeat.

The Gradual Hymn in Tone 4, “From my youth” and the Prokemenon. Tone
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to Him with psalms. (Ps. 94: 2)

V: O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Ps. 94: 1)

“Let every breath” and the Gospel (Matt. 6: 25-33)

At that time Jesus spake unto the multitudes: Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Psalm 50 and the following verses. Tone 6.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now thanks be unto God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, manifesting through us the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Now thanks be unto God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, manifesting through us the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy, and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

We give thanks to Thee, our Lord God and heavenly Father, who dost unceasingly grant us all good things in abundance, guarding us against all evil, and we ask for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that acknowledging this Thy goodness with all our heart, we may praise Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy now and evermore.

The Canon, Tone 8.
Irmos 1: Let us raise a song of thanksgiving, O people, to our God of wonders, who led Israel from slavery, singing a hymn of victory and crying out: We praise Thee, O only Master.

At the deliverance of Israel out of the hand of the Egyptian tyrant Moses and Israel sang a song of grateful praise to our God and Master, saying: Gloriously has He been glorified.

At the birth of Cain Eve gave thanks to the Lord, and sang a hymn of praise to God when He sent Seth in place of Abel who was slain.

When the waters of the great flood had subsided, Noah built an altar to the Lord, and by his thank offerings pleased the Lord, who promised never again to destroy the earth.

When Abram led forth his brother Lot out of captivity, Melchizedek the King of Salem offered thanks and praise to the most high God, who delivered them out of the hands of the enemy.

Katavasia: Christ is born…

Irmos 3: O Thou who didst establish the heavens by Thy word, establish now our minds and hearts, to give thanks to Thee and glorify Thee unto the salvation of our souls.
Lot, who found grace in the sight of the Lord and was delivered from the destruction of sinful Sodom and Gomorrah, sang a hymn of grateful praise to the God of Israel.

Sarah, although advanced in years, conceived and bore a son, Isaac, and in her great joy offered thanks to the Lord who had visited her.

Abraham’s servant, on finding Rebekah as a wife for Isaac, sang a hymn to the Lord in gratitude, saying: Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of His mercy and His truth.

Leah, who longed for the love of her husband, rejoiced greatly at bearing Jacob many sons, and in her gladness and like Rachel who was loosed from her barrenness she sang grateful songs of praise to God.

Sessional Hymn. Tone .3:
We. Thine unprofitable servants, thank Thee with humble heart, O God, for the benefits which we have received from Thee: fulfill always the good intentions and desires of the faithful, and take not from us Thy great mercy.
Glory:.. now and ever: Repeat.

Irmos 4: Thy glory has covered the heavens, O Lord, and all creation is filled with Thy praise, O Savior.

Joseph rejoiced at the birth of his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, grateful for the fruit of his body and the work of the hand of God in revealing the interpretation of the prophetic visions of the Egyptian Pharoah.

Miriam, the sister of Aaron, danced and was glad, giving thanks and blessing the Lord at the deliverance of the people of Israel from the wicked hand of the Egyptian Pharoah.

Jethro came to meet Moses at the foot of Mount Sinai in the wilderness and rejoiced, giving thanks for all the goodness which the Lord had shown to Israel, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

The children of Israel, hearkening to the words of Moses and Aaron in the land of the Egyptian tyrant, believed that the Lord had visited them and looked upon them in their affliction, and they bowed their heads and worshipped Him in thanksgiving.

lrmos 5: Rising early to pray to Thee, O Lover of mankind, we give thanks to Thee,  O Christ our God; grant us Thy mercy.

The children of Israel, journeying in the wilderness, beset by affliction, rejoiced and sang a hymn of thanksgiving, when the Lord God led them to a well of water to quench their thirst.

When the children of Israel had vanquished the Midianites, they offered an oblation of the spoils of war to the Lord, as atonement for their sins and a memorial for themselves before Him.

At the victory of Israel over the Canaanites Deborah and Barak sang a grateful song to God who had delivered them from the hands of their enemies.

David received the materials to build the great temple of the Lord, and he gave them over to Solomon his heir, saying “Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.

Irmo 6: From the depths of sin I cried out to the Lord, who is able to save me, and He led my life from corruption in His love for mankind.

Hannah poured her soul out to God, and when He answered her prayer with the birth of Samuel, she sang a hymn of grateful praise, offering her child up to the service of the Lord.

When the Philistines marched against Israel and were subdued. The prophet Samuel raised a monument to the Lord as an act of thanksgiving to Him who had been their Helper in adversity.

When David became the ruler of Israel, he brought the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem, singing and dancing before it in praise and thanksgiving.

The psalms of David, the greatest hymns of praise, bear witness to the true spirit of piety, and we the Orthodox faithful through them give thanks to our God and Father.

Kontakion, Tone 3
We, unworthy recipients of Thy benefits and gifts, as unprofitable servants dare to turn to Thee, O Master, bringing Thee thanks according to our powers, and praising and glorifying Thee, our Benefactor and Creator: Glory to Thee, O most bountiful God!

lkos
We thank Thee, O God of compassion, and we praise Thee, who grantest us all good gifts in exceeding abundance, and who guardest us in all places and at all times against all evil, for Thou hast not dealt with us according to our sins nor requited us according to our iniquities, but rather hast turned away from us Thy just anger and hast shown Thyself favorable towards us, and we cry out in joy to Thee, our Benefactor and Creator: Glory to Thee, O most bountiful God!

lrmos 7: Make us imitators of Thy three children, O Lord, who resisted sin and trampled the flames of the passions, singing: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers.

The Queen of Sheba, seeing the wealth and wisdom of Solomon, sang a hymn of thanksgiving and praise to the God of Israel and blessed Solomon with gifts unequaled.

Seeing the love which the Lord had for Solomon and the people of Israel, Hire King of Tyre, sang a hymn of grateful praise to God, pledging to send craftsmen and wood of the cedars of Lebanon to construct the Lord’s house.
Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast and won the day over the Moabites and Ammonites, and he praised and blessed the Lord in thanksgiving, returning to Jerusalem to the house of the Lord with music and great rejoicing.

When the great wall of Jerusalem had been completed, Ezra proclaimed that the people of Israel should keep the Feast of Tabernacles in great rejoicing, and the Levites offered a solemn hymn of thanksgiving for God’s justice and mercy.

Irmos 8: All creation blesses Thee, O Lord, the powers of heaven glorified Thee with the children, and we give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

In Babylon the three holy children, cast into the flames of the burning fiery furnace, raised their voices in praise to the God of Israel, saying: We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

The servants of the King Nebuchadnezzar heated the furnace sevenfold, but the holy children were unharmed and sang a hymn of grateful praise to the God of Israel, saying: We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

Like the holy children we cry out to the Lord: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever. We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Lord, now and ever and unto ages
of ages: Amen.

Blessed art Thou, O Holy Trinity and triune unity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

We praise, bless and worship the Lord, singing and exalting Him throughout all ages.


The Magnificat is not sung:
Megalynarion: Magnify, O my soul, the most bountiful God, who in His love for us has granted us His Only-Begotten Son.

Irmos 9: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who has raised the horn of our salvation in the house of David His son, through which the Dayspring from on high has visited us and guided us in the way of peace.

The most holy Theotokos conceived in her womb the uncontainable Divinity and cried out in thanksgiving: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

At the birth of the Prophet and Forerunner John, Zacharias’ tongue was loosed and he praised God crying out in thanksgiving: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He has visited and redeemed His people.

Kings and shepherds sang hymns of praise and thanksgiving along with the heavenly hosts of angels when they beheld God incarnate upon earth.

“Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace,” Simeon cried out as he held in his arms the Savior of the world, and the prophetess Anna danced for joy.

When Lazarus had died, Jesus came to Bethany, and in preparation for the wonder which would come to pass He raised His eyes to Heaven and said: “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.”

At the Last Supper, the ultimate act of thanksgiving, the Savior offered to His disciples and us through them His Body and Blood, the gift of eternal life and salvation for the world.

Exapostilarion.
All praise and thanksgiving be to the Lord Most High, who in His love for mankind has given His only-begotten Son over to death for the salvation of all the world. (3)

At Lauds, Tone 4.
We, Thine unprofitable servants,* render thanks with joy and trembling,’ to Thee, O Savior, Lord and Master,* and we offer praise to Thee as God,* for the many benefits which we have received,* and we fervently cry aloud to Thee:* Deliver us from all calamity.

Hearkening to the supplications of Thy servants,* and manifesting Thy love for mankind,* do not despise the desires of Thy faithful people;* reveal to us Thy rich mercy,* and regard not our iniquities.

Accept our prayers of thanksgiving* as sweet-smelling incense,* our offering before the majesty of Thy glory, O Master,* and send down to us Thy rich bounties and mercies,* as Thou lovest mankind.

We glorify Thee, we praise Thee,* we exalt Thee as our Lord and Master,* and we humbly bow before Thee in thanksgiving,*supplicating Thy boundless and inexpressible mercy:* vouchsafe unto us peace and tranquillity,* that we may increase in all virtues and true love of Thee.

Glory:.. now and ever, Tone 8.

We thank Thee, O Lord,* for the many benefits which we have received,* and we humbly entreat Thee,* have mercy on us Thine unprofitable servants,* and grant us the grace of the Holy Spirit,* that we may serve Thee in love throughout all our days* and come to dwell with Thee throughout eternity.



DIVINE LITURGY

The First Antiphon.
I will praise the Name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Ps: 68: 30)

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us! Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that moves in them. (Ps: 68: 34)

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to Him with psalms. (Ps: 94: 2)

I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord among the nations, and sing praises to Thy Name. (Ps: 17: 49)

Glory…now and ever…

The Second Antiphon.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High. (Ps. 91: 1)

Refrain: O Lord God, Benefactor and Creator, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!
To proclaim Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night. (Ps. 91: 2)

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth
endures to all generations. (Ps. 99: 5)

Glory…now and ever…Only-Begotten Son…

The Third Antiphon:
O give thanks to the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever. (Ps: 135: 1)

Troparion: We, Thy thankful and unworthy servants,* praise and glorify Thee, O Lord, * for Thy great benefits which we have received.* We bless Thee, we thank Thee, we sing to Thee, * and we magnify Thy great goodness.* and in lowliness and love we hymn Thee:* O Benefactor and Savior, glory to Thee!
O give thanks to the God of Gods: for His mercy endures for ever. (Ps: 135:3)

Troparion:

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endures for ever. (Ps: 135: 3) Troparion.

Introit: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous, and give thanks to His holy Name. (Ps. 96: 12)

Prokeimenon, Tone 4: I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me, I will praise the Name of the Lord most High. (Ps. 12: 6)
v. I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. (Ps. 12:5)
Epistle: (I Timothy 2: 1-6)

Timothy my son, I exhort thee, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ;who gave Himself a ransom for all. To Him he honor and glory unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, Tone 4
I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise Thee in the great multitude. (Ps. 34: 18)
v. And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness and of Thy
praise all the day long. (Ps. 34: 28)

Gospel (Luke 17• 12-19).

Instead of “It is truly meet” we sing the megalynarion and 9th Irmos from the Canon.

Megalynarion: Magnify, O my soul, the most bountiful God, who in His love for us has granted us His Only-Begotten Son.

Irmos 9: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who has raised the horn of our salvation in the house of David His son, through which the Dayspring from on high has visited us and guided us in the way of peace.

The most holy Theotokos conceived in her womb the uncontainable Divinity and cried out in thanksgiving: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Communion Hymn: We give thanks to Thee, O God, we give thanks; we call on Thy Name and recount Thy wondrous deeds. (Ps. 74: 1)

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The Akathist Hymn: "Glory to God for All Things"
This Akathist, also called the "Akathist of Thanksgiving," was found among the effects of Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov upon his death in a prison camp in 1940. The title is from the words of Saint John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings attributed to Metropolitan Tryphon of Turkestan.

Sermon of St. John Chrysostom on Thanksgiving

Kontakion 1

O Immortal King of the ages, Who, by the power of Thy saving providence, dost uphold in Thy right hand all the ways of man’s life; we thank Thee for all Thy good things both manifest and hid; for this earthly life, and for the heavenly joys of Thy Kingdom which is to come. Extend Thy mercies henceforth upon us who sing unto Thee: Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages!

Ikos 1

I was born into the world a weak and helpless child; but Thine angel extended his resplendent wings over my cradle to defend it. Thenceforth, Thy love hath shone upon all my ways and marvellously hath guided me unto the Light of eternity. Gloriously, the plenteous gifts of Thy providence were shown from the first day of my life even unto this time. I thank Thee, and cry unto Thee, with all them that have come to know Thee:
Glory to Thee Who hast called me forth into life;
Glory to Thee Who hast revealed unto me the beauty of the universe;
Glory to Thee Who hast opened unto me both heaven and earth as an eternal book of wisdom;
Glory to Thine eternity in the midst of this temporal world;
Glory to Thee for Thy mercies known and unknown;
Glory to Thee for every sigh of my sorrow;
Glory to Thee for every step in my life, and for every moment of joy;
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages!

Kontakion 2

O Lord, how good it is to be Thy guest! Fragrant wind, mountains reaching into the sky, waters like boundless mirrors reflecting golden rays and light clouds. All nature whispereth mysteriously, full of caresses, and the birds and the beasts bear the seal of Thy love. Blessed is Mother Earth with her swift, passing beauty, awakening yearning For the eternal homeland where incorruptible beauty soundeth: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

Thou didst lead me into this life as into an enchanting paradise. We have looked upon the sky as a deep blue chalice in whose azure the birds ring out: we have heard the soothing murmur of the forest, and sweet-sounding music of waters; we have tasted fragrant and sweet fruits, and scented honey. It is good in Thy home on earth, joyous to be Thy guests.
Glory to Thee for the feast of life;
Glory to Thee for the perfume of lilies-of-the-valley and of roses;
Glory to Thee for the delightful diversities of berries and of fruits;
Glory to Thee for the diamond brilliance of morning dew;
Glory to Thee for the smile of light awakening;
Glory to Thee for earthly life, precursor of the heavenly;
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages!

Kontakion 3

By the power of Thy Holy Spirit, every flower giveth forth scent, calm wind-borne fragrance, delicate hue, the beauty of the great with the small. Praise and honour to the life-giving God, Who spreadeth forth the meadows as a flowering carpet, and crowneth the fields with golden sheaves, and azure cornflowers, for the joy of souls’ contemplation. Be glad, and sing to Him: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

How beautiful art Thou in the triumph of spring when all creatures arise! And in thousands of harmonious ways joyfully cry unto Thee; Thou art the Well-spring of life; Thou art the Conqueror of death. In the light of the crescent moon and the song of the nightingale; the valleys and the forests are set in their snow-white bridal veils, the whole earth, Thy bride, awaiteth her Eternal Bridegroom. If Thou so clothest the grass, how then wilt Thou transfigure us in the resurrection of the age to come; how radiant will be our bodies, how shining our souls!
Glory to Thee Who hast brought forth from the earth’s darkness diverse colours, taste, and fragrance;
Glory to Thee for the glad greeting and caress of all nature;
Glory to Thee, for the thousands of Thy creatures Thou hast set round about us;
Glory to Thee for the depth of Thy wisdom impressed upon all the world, 
Glory to Thee; reverently, I kiss the traces of Thine invisible footsteps;
Glory to Thee Who hast kindled already the brilliant light of eternal life;
Glory to Thee for the hope of beauty, immortal ideal incorruptible.

Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages!

Kontakion 4

How sweetly Thou delightest them that meditate upon Thee; how life-creating is Thy holy Word; Softer than oil and sweeter than honeycomb is conversation with Thee; prayer to Thee giveth wings and life; with what trembling is the heart then filled; how majestic and wise then become nature and all life; where Thou art not, there is emptiness; where Thou art is richness of soul; there the living flow poureth forth the song; Alleluia.

Ikos 4

When the sun goeth down upon the earth; when reigneth the rest of the night’s sleep, and the silence of the fading day; I behold Thy bridal chamber in the image of shining courts, and the cloudy halls of dawn. Fire and purple, gold and azure, prophetically speak of the unutterable beauty of Thy dwellings, and solemnly cry: Let us go to the Father.
Glory to Thee in the tender hour of evening;
Glory to Thee Who pourest out great peace upon the world;
Glory to Thee for the farewell rays of the setting sun;
Glory to Thee for the rest of grace-filled sleep;
Glory to Thee for Thy favour in the darkness,   when all the world is distant;
Glory to Thee for the gentle prayers of a soul deeply touched;
Glory to Thee for the promised awakening to everlasting joy of the eternal day that hath no evening;
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 5

Life’s tempests affright not him in whose heart shineth the lamp of Thy fire; all round about, foul weather and darkness, horror and wailing of wind; but in his soul serenity and light. There is Christ! And the heart singeth: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

I behold Thy firmament shining with stars. O how rich Thou art! How much light Thou hast! By the rays of the distant heavenly bodies, eternity looketh upon me; I am so small and despised; but the Lord is with me, His right hand everywhere preserveth me.
Glory to Thee for unceasing care of me;
Glory to Thee for providential meetings with people;
Glory to Thee for the love of kindred, and the faithfulness of friends;
Glory to Thee for the meekness of animals which serve me;
Glory to Thee for each bright moment in my life;
Glory to Thee for the happiness of living, moving, and meditating.
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 6

How great Thou art, and near, in the powerful movement of the storm; how visible Thy mighty hand in the darts of dazzling lightning; how marvellous is Thy majesty. The voice of the Lord is over the fields, in the rustle of forests; the voice of the Lord in the birth of thunder and of rain; the voice of the Lord over diverse waters. Praise to Thee in the roar of fire-breathing mountains; Thou shakest the earth as a garment; Thou raisest up to the sky the waves of the sea. Praise to Him Who humbleth the pride of man, who bringeth forth the cry of repentance: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

After lightning floods with light the banqueting chambers, how feeble seem the lights of the lamps! Even so, of a sudden, didst Thou shine in my soul in the midst of the most intense joys of my life. And after Thy lightning light, how colourless, dark, and illusory they seemed! My soul yearneth for Thee!
Glory to Thee, bound and limit of man’s highest dream;
Glory to Thee for unquenchable thirst for divine communion;
Glory to Thee Who hast breathed into us discontent with earthly things;
Glory to Thee Who hast enfolded us in Thy finest rays;
Glory to Thee Who hast shattered the power of the spirits of darkness, condemning to destruction all evil;
Glory to Thee for Thy revelations, for the happiness of feeling and living with Thee.
Glory to Thee. O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 7

In a wondrous blending of sounds, Thy call is heard; in the melodies of singing in harmony, in sublime musical colours, in the brilliance of artistic creativity, Thou openest unto us the threshold of the paradise which is to come. Everything that hath true beauty, by this mighty call, causeth the soul to fly to Thee, and constraineth it joyfully to sing: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Thou enlightenest the thought of the artists, the poets, and the geniuses of science. By the power of Thy logic, they prophetically comprehend Thy laws, revealing the depth of Thy creative wisdom; their works speak unwittingly of Thee. O how great Thou art in Thy creations! O how great Thou art in man!
Glory to Thee Who hast shown Thine unfathomable power in the laws of the universe;
Glory to Thee Who fillest all nature with the laws of Thy Being;
Glory to Thee for all that Thou hast revealed unto us by Thy goodness;
Glory to Thee for all that Thou hast concealed in Thy wisdom;
Glory to Thee for the genius of the human mind;
Glory to Thee for the vivifying power of labour;
Glory to Thee for the fiery tongues of inspiration;
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 8

How near Thou art in days of infirmity; Thou Thyself visitest the sick; Thou Thyself leanest over the bed of suffering, and the heart communeth with Thee. Thou enlightenest the soul with peace in times of great sorrows and sufferings; Thou sendest unexpected help. Thou comfortest; Thou art the love that testeth and saveth. To Thee we sing the hymn: Alleluia!

Ikos 8

When in childhood I first consciously called upon Thee, Thou didst fulfil my prayer, and my soul was overshadowed by reverent peace. Then I understood that Thou art good – and blessed are they that turn unto Thee. I began to call upon Thee again and again, and now I cry:
Glory to Thee Who fulfillest my desire with good things;
Glory to Thee Who watchest over me day and night;
Glory to Thee Who curest sorrows and bereavements with the healing passage of time;
Glory to Thee in Whom there are no despairing losses; Who grantest unto all eternal life;
Glory to Thee Who endowest with immortality all that is good and sublime, Who didst promise desired meetings with the departed.
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 9

Why doth all nature mysteriously smile in the days of the feasts? Wherefore in the heart is discerned a marvellous lightness with which no earthly thing compareth; the very air of the altar and of the church become radiant? It is the breath of Thy grace, the reflection of the light of Tabor; then heaven and earth sing praise: Alleluia!

Ikos 9

When Thou inspiredst me to serve my neighbours and my soul wast enlightened by humility, one of Thine innumerable rays fell upon my heart, and became radiant as iron in the fire. I beheld Thy face, mysterious and elusive.
Glory to Thee, Who transfigurest our life by good deeds;
Glory to Thee, Who hast sealed Thine every commandment with unutterable sweetness;
Glory to Thee, Who art manifest where there is fragrant mercy;
Glory to Thee, Who sendest failures and sorrows, that we might pity the sufferings of others;
Glory to Thee, Who dost vouchsafe great rewards for precious good deeds;
Glory to Thee, Who receivest the high upsurge of the heart;
Glory to Thee, Who raisest love above all that is earthly and heavenly.
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 10

What is shattered into dust it is not possible to restore, but Thou restorest them in whom conscience hath been corrupted, Thou returnest former beauty to souls that hopelessly lost it. With Thee, nothing is impossible; Thou art all love. Thou – Creator and Restorer. Thee do we praise with song: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

My God, foreknowing the fall of the proud angel of the daystar, save me by the power of grace. Let me not fall away from Thee, let me not doubt Thee. Sharpen Thou mine ear that in every moment of life I may hear Thy mystical voice and cry unto Thee, Who art in all places:
Glory to Thee for providential coincidence of circumstances;
Glory to Thee for blessed foreknowledge;
Glory to Thee for intimations in a mysterious voice;
Glory to Thee for revelations in dreams and in waking;
Glory to Thee for thwarting our vain intents;
Glory to Thee for sobering us from heady passions through sufferings;
Glory to Thee for the saving humbling of the pride of the heart.
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 11

Through the icy chain of the ages, I feel the warmth of Thy divine breath; I hear the blood flowing. Thou art already nigh. A portion of time hath been cleared. I behold Thy Cross – it is for my sake. My spirit is in the dust before the Cross; here is the triumph of love and salvation; here, ceaseless praise unto the ages: Alleluia!

Ikos 11

Blessed is he who will taste of the Supper in Thy kingdom; but, already on earth, Thou hast made me a partaker of this bliss. How often hast Thou held out to me in Thy Divine right hand Thy Body and Thy Blood; and I, in multitudes of sins, received this holy thing and felt Thy love, ineffable, beyond nature!
Glory to Thee for the inscrutable life-giving power of grace;
Glory to Thee Who hast founded Thy Church as a quiet refuge for a spent world;
Glory to Thee Who renewest us by the life-giving waters of baptism;
Glory to Thee, Who restorest to penitents purity as a spotless lily;
Glory to Thee, unfailing depth of forgiveness;
Glory to Thee, for the cup of life, for the bread of eternal joy;
Glory to Thee, Who hast lifted us to heaven;
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 12

Many a time I have seen the reflection of Thy glory upon the faces of the departed! With what unearthly beauty and joy their faces shone, how aery, immaterial were their features; it was a triumph of happiness gained, attainment of rest. By their silence they called unto Thee. At the hour of my repose, enlighten also my soul as it crieth: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

What is my praise before Thee! I have not heard the singing of the Cherubim, which is the lot of sublime souls; but I know how nature praiseth Thee. I have perceived in winter how, in the silence of the moon, all the earth, clothed in a white robe splendent with snowy diamonds, quietly prayed to Thee. I have seen how the rising sun hath rejoiced in Thee, and choirs of birds sing Thy glory. I have heard how mystically the forest resoundeth of Thee, the winds intone, the waters babble, how choirs of heavenly bodies preach of Thee by harmonious movement in endless space. But what is my praise? Nature is obedient, but I – not. Yet, whilst I live, and see Thy love, I yearn to give thanks, to pray, and to cry:
Glory to Thee Who hast shown us the light;
Glory to Thee Who hast loved us with a deep love, immeasurable, divine;
Glory to Thee Who enlightenest us with light, hosts of angels and saints;
Glory to Thee, All-holy Father, Who hast given us an inheritance in Thy kingdom;
Glory to Thee, O Redeemer Son, Who hast opened unto us the way of salvation;
Glory to Thee, Holy Spirit, life-giving Sun of the age to come;
Glory to Thee for all things, O all-good Trinity divine.
Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages.

Kontakion 13

O all-good and life-giving Trinity, receive our thanksgiving for all Thy mercies, and show us worthy of Thy benefits, that we, multiplying the talents entrusted unto us, may enter into the eternal joy of our Lord with triumphal praise: Alleluia. (Thrice)
We then repeat the first Ikos, followed by the first Kontakion.