Glory to God for All Things Ode 2 Illustrated

Akathist:  “Glory to God for all Things”   

by Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Tryphon (+1934)

See Ode 1

ReflectingODE 2

O Lord, how lovely it is to be Your guest.

Breeze full of scents — mountains reaching to the skies —

waters like a boundless mirror, reflecting the sun’s golden rays and the scudding clouds.

All nature murmurs mysteriously, breathing depths of Your tenderness.

deer

Birds and beasts of the forest bear the imprint of Your love.

 Blessed are you, mother earth, in your fleeting loveliness,

which wakens our yearning for happiness that will last forever

in the land where, amid beauty that grows not old,

rings out the cry:

Alleluia!

IKOS 2

bird

You have brought me into life as if into an enchanted paradise.

We have seen the sky like a chalice of deepest blue,

where in the azure heights the birds are singing.

We have listened to the soothing murmur of the forest and the melodious music of the streams.

We have tasted fruit of fine flavor and the sweet-scented honey.

We can live very well on your earth. It is a pleasure to be your guest.

Glory to You for the feast-day of life.

sunriseGlory to You for the perfume of lilies and roses.

Glory to You for each different taste of berry and fruit.

Glory to You for the sparkling silver of early morning dew.

Glory to You for the joy of dawn’s awakening.

Glory to You for the new life each day brings.

Glory to You, O God, from age to age.

Next:  See Ode 3

The Beautiful Mercy of Christ

EphremSt. Ephrem the Syrian  (4th Century) writes a wonderful poem in which among many other things he meditates on Luke 8:26-39, the Gerasene demoniac named Legion.  Ephrem is encouraged by the fact that Christ grants Legion’s request to be allowed to go into the swine.  First, Christ grants the prayer of a demon, so surely He will listen to the prayers of Christians.  Second, the demon asked to go into the herd of swine, surely Jesus will much more joyfully grant the request of those seeking with their whole hearts entrance into heaven.   

            Look too at Legion:

                                    Ephremwhen in anguish he begged,

                        our Lord permitted and allowed him

                                    to enter into the herd;

                        respite did he ask for, without deception,

                                    in his anguish,

                        and our Lord in His kindness

                                    granted this request.

                        His compassion for demons

                                    is a rebuke to that People,

                        showing how much anguish His love suffers

                                   in desiring that men and women should live.

 

                        Encouraged by the words

                                    I had heard,

                        I knelt down and wept there,

                                    and spoke before our Lord:

                        saavatij“Legion received his request from You

                                    without any tears;

                        permit me, with my tears,

                                    to make my request,

                        grant me to enter, instead of that herd,

                                    the Garden,

                        so that in Paradise I may sing

                                    of its Planter’s compassion.”