Akathist: “Glory to God for all Things”
by Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Tryphon (+1934)
See Ode 8
Why is it that on a feast-day the whole of nature mysteriously smiles?
Why is it that then a heavenly gladness fills our hearts, a gladness far beyond that of earth,
and the very air in church and in the altar becomes luminous?
It is the breath of Your gracious love; it is the reflection of the glory of Mount Tabor.
Then do heaven and earth sing Your praise: Alleluia!
When You called me to serve my brothers
and filed my soul with humility,
one of Your deep-piercing rays shone into my heart;
it became luminous, full of light,
like iron glowing in the furnace.
I have seen Your face, face of mystery and of unapproachable glory.
Glory to You, making wonderfully sweet the keeping of Your commandments.
Glory to You, making Yourself known where man shows mercy on his neighbor.
Glory to You, sending us failure and misfortune, that we may understand the sorrows of others.
Glory to You, rewarding us so well for the good we do.
Glory to You, welcoming the impulse of our heart’s love.
Glory to You, raising to the heights of heaven every act of love in earth and sky.
Glory to You, O God, from age to age.
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