[“This Akathist, also called the “Akathist of Thanksgiving,” was composed by Metropolitan 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 8 will be on Sunday October 14]
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In the wondrous blending of sounds, it is Your call we hear.
In the harmony of many voices,
in the sublime beauty of music,
in the glory of the works of great composers,
You lead us to the threshold of paradise to come,
and to the choirs of angels.
All true beauty has the power
to draw the soul towards You and
make it sing in ecstasy: Alleluia!
The breath of Your Holy Spirit
inspires artists, poets, scientists.
The power of Your supreme knowledge
makes them prophets and interpreters of Your laws,
who reveal the depths of Your creative wisdom.
Their works speak unwittingly of You.
How great are You in Your creation! How great are You in man!
Glory to You, showing Your unsurpassable power in the laws of the universe.
Glory to You, for all nature is filled with Your laws.
Glory to You for what You have revealed to us in Your mercy.
Glory to You for what you have hidden from us in Your wisdom.
Glory to You for the inventiveness of the human mind.
Glory to You for the dignity of man’s labor.
Glory to You for the tongues of fire that bring inspiration.
Glory to You, O God, from age to age.
[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