Akathist of Thanksgiving — Glory to God for All Things
Even though the Thanksgiving holiday comes and goes, the Fathers of the Church tell us that cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” is one of, if not the most effective way to attain mindfulness of God.
On our prayer page, we’ve posted a newly assembled PDF of this Akathist. It is often prayed at the beginning of the year, at Thanksgiving, or in any time of difficulty. Like any akathist, it can be prayed in its entirety, or one ode per day (Kontakion + Ikos + Verses) within a daily prayer rule.
From the endnote of the Akathist: The author was Metropolitan Tryphon (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov). It contains biographical references to his childhood illness and family life, as well as other material. A copy of this hymn, in samizdat form, was amongst the belongings of the priest Grigori Petrov, who died in a Soviet prison camp in 1940, and has been sometimes attributed to him.
The title [“Glory to God for All Things”] is from the words of Saint John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile. Thanksgiving and prayer as a celebration is understood perhaps best by one from whom all beauty is seemingly denied; a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings.
Glory to God for all things!