Akathist of Thanksgiving


Dear Brethren,

I have mentioned this before but want to commend to you again a most beautiful offering of Thanksgiving to the Lord.  It is called an ‘akathist’ which literally means ‘not sitting’ because, traditionally, it is done as a prayer service and people stand for its entirety. I, however, enjoy listening to sections each day in the comfort of my (new) study as it is very devotional.

There are three English versions and the words to the one in the video link below are here.

The first version I heard still hangs as my favorite. You can find the video here on YouTube. Enjoy!


There are Thanksgiving prayers in our Book of Common Prayer. I recommend reading Psalm 145 or 147 (or both) followed by this prayer:

MOST gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; We yield thee unfeigned thanks and praisefor the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of the fruits thereof, and for all the other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of these great mercies; such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days;through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.

Or this:

O MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings and traveling mercies to all,

Fr. Wayne


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