Akathist: “Glory to God for all Things”
By Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Tryphon (+1934)
See Ode 4
Outside is the darkness of the whirlwind,
the terror and howling of the storm,
but in the heart, in the presence of Christ,
there is light and peace, silence.
The heart sings: Alleluia!
I see Your heavens resplendent with stars.
How glorious You are, radiant with light!
Eternity watches me by the rays of the distant stars.
I am small, insignificant,
but the Lord is at my side:
Your right arm guides me wherever I go.
Glory to You, ceaselessly watching over me.
Glory to You for the encounters You arrange for me.
Glory to You for the love of parents, for the faithfulness of friends.
Glory to You for the humbleness of animals which serve me.
Glory to You for the unforgettable moments of life.
Glory to You for the heart’s innocent joy.
Glory to You for the joy of living, moving, and being able to return Your love.
Glory to You, O God, from age to age.
See Ode 6