A Thanksgiving Prayer by Father Alexander Schmemann

(offered following the Divine Liturgy offered on Thanksgiving Day 1983)

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.

Thank you, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which is offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with "the joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit."

Thank you, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and for giving us the foretaste of Your Kingdom.

Thank you, O Lord, for having united us to one another, in serving You and Your Holy Church.

Thank you, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, and temptations and for having restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you, O Lord, for the sufferings you bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and remind us of the "one thing needed: your eternal Kingdom."

Thank you, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You.

Thank you, O Lord, for this holy house, where the name of God is proclaimed.

Thank you, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children, who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name, in joy, movement and holy noise.

Thank you, O Lord, for everyone and everything. Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.

Lord, it is good to be here!

Amen.

(Fr. Alexander departed this life on December 13, 1983, after a year or so of suffering with cancer. May his memory be eternal.)

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