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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

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh