Thank You, O Lord

Thank You, O Lord

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Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, the late Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, was dedicated to writing, preaching, and teaching about the Eucharist.  In Fact, the translation of the Greek word ‘Eucharist’ is Thanksgiving.  Fr. Schmemann gave his life to Thanksgiving.  As we remember this special American Holiday taking place only a few days ago, let us especially keep in mind the living Christ of the Eucharist.  This powerful sermon was written in the form of a prayer by Fr. Schmemann, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the last time on Thanksgiving Day of 1983.

 

“Thank you, O Lord!”

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

Thank You, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which we offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with the joy, peace and righteousness of the Holy Spirit.

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

Thank You, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and given 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, temptations and 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 reminding 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 school, 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.

 

The full article can be found at the OCA website, along with the photo shown above.

 

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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.