I thought I should share this with you on the Thanksgiving Eve. The Akathist of Thanksgiving‚ a CD by the St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Madison‚ Wisconsin‚ was written by Archpriest Gregory Petroff in a Soviet Prison Camp‚ where he passed through the shadow of death into the eternal loving Presence of God. In the midst of great terror and privation‚ he found within the illumination to grasp “the beauty of the universe … the festival of life … the bread of eternal joy.”
Here is an exerpt
Glory to You‚ Who brought out of the earth’s darkness diversity of color‚ taste‚ and fragrance‚
Glory to You‚ for the warmth and caress of all nature‚
Glory to You‚ for surrounding us with thousands of Your creatures‚
Glory to You‚ for the depth of Your wisdom reflected in the whole world‚
Glory to You‚ I kiss reverently the footprint of Your invisible tread‚
Glory to You‚ Who kindled before us the bright light of eternal life‚
Glory to You‚ for the hope of immortal‚ ideal‚ incorruptible beauty‚
Glory to You‚ O God‚ unto ages of ages.
Akathist of Thanksgiving
Full text of the Akathist here
Press the play button bellow for an audio sample
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!