[“This Akathist, also called the “Akathist of Thanksgiving,” was composed by Metro- politan Tryphon (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov) in 1934. A copy was in possession of Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov shortly before his death in a prison camp in 1940. Suggestion: Light a candle in a silent room. Make the Sign of the Cross, and slowly pray the words aloud, take time to reflect on them, and make them your own. Revisit these words this Wednesday as well as next Sunday and Wednesday. Part 5 will be on Sunday August 22.]
How filled with sweetness
are those whose thoughts dwell on You:
how life-giving 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, refreshes the soul.
Where You are not, there is only emptiness;
hearts are smitten with sadness;
nature, and life itself, becomes sorrowful.
Where You are, the soul is filled with abundance,
and its song resounds like a torrent of life: 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 dwelling-place.
Fiery and purple, gold and blue, they speak prophet-like
of the ineffable 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 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 the glorious last day, that day which has no evening.
Glory to You, O God, from age to age.
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[One of the many gifts of the Orthodox as well as Eastern Catholic Churches to the rest of Christianity is their great tradition and collection of akathists. “An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means ‘not sitting.'” These hymns are so long they are rarely sung in their entirety any more except in monasteries. For more information and the source of quotations, please visit http://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist#Other_languages%5D