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Thanksgiving

O Lord, we, Your unworthy servants, * are grateful for Your great benefits bestowed upon us. * Glorifying You, we praise and bless You, * we give You thanks and we sing and magnify Your tenderness of heart. * As servants, we cry out to You with love: * "O our Benefactor and Savior, glory to You!" (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Master, we, as Your unworthy servants, * having been freely made worthy of Your benefits and gifts, * diligently run to You to offer thanksgiving according to our strength, * and we cry out glorifying You as our Benefactor and Creator: * “Glory to You, O All-Compassionate God!” (Kontakion, Tone 3)

 

 

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Long ago, the wily one cast his weapon and wounded Adam and killed him; Indeed, he completely destroyed the weak man. But now, even if he struck the bodies of the noble men, he did not destroy their spirits. He persuaded the first-created man to fall by words, but not even by deeds, the noble ones. Bewitching the former, he made promises; he made offers to the latter: For Adam, the making of a god; for the martyrs, honor. He offers what he does not have; he suggests bestowing things not in his authority. Therefore, saints, having shattered his scheme, You gained crowns. 

Kontakia of Romanos, On the Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia I.