The Joy of Being in God’s Presence 


In the Akathist: Glory to God for All Things, we offer this prayer to our Lord:

How filled with sweetness are those whose thoughts dwell on You: how life-giving Your holy word. To speak with You is more soothing than anointing with oil, sweeter than the honeycomb. To pray to You lifts the spirit, refreshes the soul.


Where You are not, there is only emptiness; hearts are smitten with sadness; nature, and life itself, becomes sorrowful. Where You are, the soul is filled with abundance, and its song resounds like a torrent of life: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!  


In Psalm 105:1-6, we pray:

O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!


Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually! Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!  (see also 1 Chronicles 16:8-13)