Giving Thanks

One prayer is a continuous fountain of insight and God’s Graciousness for me: the Akathist of Thanksgiving “Glory to God for all Things.” The more often I pray it — a handful of times a year — the more it becomes mine. It was penned a century or so ago by a Russian prince and bishop, but discovered in the Soviet gulag of all places. It’s actually a little sung service, but many Orthodox use akathists in their private prayer too. Pay special attention to allusions to God’s Uncreated Divine Energies, ie, references to light and transfiguration, vital in Orthodox Christianity.

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