Matins Service for Thanksgiving

These are the propers for the Matins service for Thanksgiving.  As propers, these prayers are inserted at certain points in the regular Matins service:


At “God is the Lord” the Troparion, Tone 4.

We, Thy thankful and unworthy servants,’ praise and glorify Thee, 0 Lord,’ for Thy great benefits which we have received.’ We bless Thee, we thank Thee, we sing to Thee,* and we magnify Thy great goodness.’ And in lowliness and love we hymn Thee:’ 0 Benefactor and Savior, glory to Thee!

After the first reading from the Psalter, the Sessional Hymn, Tone 6.

Let us praise God in hymns of thanksgiving,’ ever blessing Him for His bounty and mercy,’ His earthly gifts and heavenly grace,’ His mercy and forgiveness,’ His never ending lovetowards us His children,* through which we have received* the promise of immortality.

Glory… now and ever. Repeat.

After the second reading from the Psalter, the Sessional Hymn. Tone 6.

Let us praise the Almighty God.* for His benevolence and love towards us,” for our preservation and the blessings of this life;’ yet above all let us thank Him* for His inestimable love* in the redemption of the world* by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,* for the means of grace,* and for the hope of eternal life.

Glory… now and ever. Repeat.

The polyeleion and Megalynarion.

We magnify Thee, 0 Christ the Giver of Life, and we raise our hymn of grateful praise for all Thine earthly blessings and the hope of eternal life.

v. I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of the Lord.  (Ps. 115:8)

Sessional Hymn, Tone 7.

Let our hearts be unfeignedly thankful,* and let us sing hymns of praise to God,* showing forth our gratitude’ not only with our lips but in our lives,* by giving ourselves up to His service* and walking before Him in holiness and righteousness* throughout all our days.

Glory… now and ever. Repeat.

The Gradual Hymn in Tone 4, “From my youth” and the Prokemenon. Tone

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to Him with psalms. (Ps. 94: 2)

V: O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Ps. 94: 1)

“Let every breath” and the Gospel (Matt. 6: 25-33)

At that time Jesus spake unto the multitudes: Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, 0 ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Psalm 50 and the following verses. Tone 6.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Now thanks be unto God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, manifesting through us the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Now thanks be unto God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, manifesting through us the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Have mercy on me, 0 God, according to Thy great mercy, and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

We give thanks to Thee, our Lord God and heavenly Father, who dost unceasingly grant us all good things in abundance, guarding us against all evil, and we ask for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that acknowledging this Thy goodness with all our heart, we may praise Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy now and evermore.

The Canon, Tone 8.

Irmos 1: Let us raise a song of thanksgiving, 0 people, to our God of wonders, who led Israel from slavery, singing a hymn of victory and crying out: We praise Thee, 0 only Master.

At the deliverance of Israel out of the hand of the Egyptian tyrant Moses and Israel sang a song of grateful praise to our God and Master, saying: Gloriously has He been glorified.

At the birth of Cain Eve gave thanks to the Lord, and sang a hymn of praise to God when He sent Seth in place of Abel who was slain.

When the waters of the great flood had subsided, Noah built an altar to the Lord, and by his thank offerings pleased the Lord, who promised never again to destroy the earth.

When Abram led forth his brother Lot out of captivity, Melchizedek the King of Salem offered thanks and praise to the most high God, who delivered them out of the hands of the enemy.

Katavasia: Christ is born…

Irmos 3: O Thou who didst establish the heavens by Thy word, establish now our minds and hearts, to give thanks to Thee and glorify Thee unto the salvation of our souls.


Lot, who found grace in the sight of the Lord and was delivered from the destruction of sinful Sodom and Gomorrah, sang a hymn of grateful praise to the God of Israel.

Sarah, although advanced in years, conceived and bore a son, Isaac, and in her great joy offered thanks to the Lord who had visited her.

Abraham’s servant, on finding Rebekah as a wife for Isaac, sang a hymn to the Lord in gratitude, saying: Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of His mercy and His truth.

Leah, who longed for the love of her husband, rejoiced greatly at bearing Jacob many sons, and in her gladness and like Rachel who was loosed from her barrenness she sang grateful songs of praise to God.

Sessional Hymn. Tone .3:

We. Thine unprofitable servants, thank Thee with humble heart, 0 God, for the benefits which we have received from Thee: fulfill always the good intentions and desires of the faithful, and take not from us Thy great mercy.

Glory:.. now and ever: Repeat.

Irmos 4: Thy glory has covered the heavens, 0 Lord, and all creation is filled with Thy praise, 0 Savior.

Joseph rejoiced at the birth of his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, grateful for the fruit of his body and the work of the hand of God in revealing the interpretation of the prophetic visions of the Egyptian Pharoah.

Miriam, the sister of Aaron, danced and was glad, giving thanks and blessing the Lord at the deliverance of the people of Israel from the wicked hand of the Egyptian Pharoah.

Jethro came to meet Moses at the foot of Mount Sinai in the wilderness and rejoiced, giving thanks for all the goodness which the Lord had shown to Israel, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

The children of Israel, hearkening to the words of Moses and Aaron in the land of the Egyptian tyrant, believed that the Lord had visited them and looked upon them in their affliction, and they bowed their heads and worshipped Him in thanksgiving.

lrmos 5: Rising early to pray to Thee, O Lover of mankind, we give thanks to Thee, 0 Christ our God; grant us Thy mercy.

The children of Israel, journeying in the wilderness, beset by affliction, rejoiced and sang a hymn of thanksgiving, when the Lord God led them to a well of water to quench their thirst.

When the children of Israel had vanquished the Midianites, they offered an oblation of the spoils of war to the Lord, as atonement for their sins and a memorial for themselves before Him.

At the victory of Israel over the Canaanites Deborah and Barak sang a grateful song to God who had delivered them from the hands of their enemies.

David received the materials to build the great temple of the Lord, and he gave them over to Solomon his heir, saying “Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.

Irmo 6: From the depths of sin I cried out to the Lord, who is able to save me, and He led my life from corruption in His love for mankind.

Hannah poured her soul out to God, and when He answered her prayer with the birth of Samuel, she sang a hymn of grateful praise, offering her child up to the service of the Lord.

When the Philistines marched against Israel and were subdued. The prophet Samuel raised a monument to the Lord as an act of thanksgiving to Him who had been their Helper in adversity.

When David became the ruler of Israel, he brought the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem, singing and dancing before it in praise and thanksgiving.

The psalms of David, the greatest hymns of praise, bear witness to the true spirit of piety, and we the Orthodox faithful through them give thanks to our God and Father.

Kontakion, Tone 3

We, unworthy recipients of Thy benefits and gifts, as unprofitable servants dare to turn to Thee, 0 Master, bringing Thee thanks according to our powers, and praising and glorifying Thee, our Benefactor and Creator: Glory to Thee, 0 most bountiful God!


We thank Thee, 0 God of compassion, and we praise Thee, who grantest us all good gifts in exceeding abundance, and who guardest us in all places and at all times against all evil, for Thou hast not dealt with us according to our sins nor requited us according to our iniquities, but rather hast turned away from us Thy just anger and hast shown Thyself favorable towards us, and we cry out in joy to Thee, our Benefactor and Creator: Glory to Thee, 0 most bountiful God!

lrmos 7: Make us imitators of Thy three children, 0 Lord, who resisted sin and trampled the flames of the passions, singing: Blessed art Thou, 0 God of our fathers.

The Queen of Sheba, seeing the wealth and wisdom of Solomon, sang a hymn of thanksgiving and praise to the God of Israel and blessed Solomon with gifts unequaled.

Seeing the love which the Lord had for Solomon and the people of Israel, Hire King of Tyre, sang a hymn of grateful praise to God, pledging to send craftsmen and wood of the cedars of Lebanon to construct the Lord’s house.

Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast and won the day over the Moabites and Ammonites, and he praised and blessed the Lord in thanksgiving, returning to Jerusalem to the house of the Lord with music and great rejoicing.

When the great wall of Jerusalem had been completed, Ezra proclaimed that the people of Israel should keep the Feast of Tabernacles in great rejoicing, and the Levites offered a solemn hymn of thanksgiving for God’s justice and mercy.

Irmos 8: All creation blesses Thee, 0 Lord, the powers of heaven glorified Thee with the children, and we give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

In Babylon the three holy children, cast into the flames of the burning fiery furnace, raised their voices in praise to the God of Israel, saying: We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

The servants of the King Nebuchadnezzar heated the furnace sevenfold, but the holy children were unharmed and sang a hymn of grateful praise to the God of Israel, saying: We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

Like the holy children we cry out to the Lord: Blessed art Thou, 0 Lord God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever. We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Lord, now and ever and unto ages

of ages: Amen.

Blessed art Thou, 0 Holy Trinity and triune unity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We give thanks to Thee and exalt Thee throughout all ages.

We praise, bless and worship the Lord, singing and exalting Him throughout all


The Magnificat is not sung:

Megalynarion: Magnify, 0 my soul, the most bountiful God, who in His love for us has granted us His Only-Begotten Son.

Irmos 9: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who has raised the horn of our salvation in the house of David His son, through which the Dayspring from on high has visited us and guided us in the way of peace.

The most holy Theotokos conceived in her womb the uncontainable Divinity and cried out in thanksgiving: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

At the birth of the Prophet and Forerunner John, Zacharias’ tongue was loosed and he praised God crying out in thanksgiving: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He has visited and redeemed His people.

Kings and shepherds sang hymns of praise and thanksgiving along with the heavenly hosts of angels when they beheld God incarnate upon earth.

“Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace,” Simeon cried out as he held in his arms the Savior of the world, and the prophetess Anna danced for joy.

W hen Lazarus had died, Jesus came to Bethany, and in preparation for the wonder which would come to pass He raised His eyes to Heaven and said: “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.”

At the Last Supper, the ultimate act of thanksgiving, the Savior offered to His disciples and us through them His Body and Blood, the gift of eternal life and salvation for the world.


All praise and thanksgiving be to the Lord Most High, who in His love for mankind has given His only-begotten Son over to death for the salvation of all the world. (3)

At Lauds, Tone 4.

We, Thine unprofitable servants,* render thanks with joy and trembling,’ to Thee, 0 Savior, Lord and Master,* and we offer praise to Thee as God,* for the many benefits which we have received,* and we fervently cry aloud to Thee:* Deliver us from all calamity.

Hearkening to the supplications of Thy servants,* and manifesting Thy love for mankind,* do not despise the desires of Thy faithful people;* reveal to us Thy rich mercy,* and regard not our iniquities.

Accept our prayers of thanksgiving* as sweet-smelling incense,* our offering before the majesty of Thy glory, 0 Master,* and send down to us Thy rich bounties and mercies,* as Thou lovest mankind.

We glorify Thee, we praise Thee,* we exalt Thee as our Lord and Master,* and we humbly bow before Thee in thanksgiving,*supplicating Thy boundless and inexpressible mercy:* vouchsafe unto us peace and tranquillity,* that we may increase in all virtues and true love of Thee.

Glory:.. now and ever, Tone 8.

We thank Thee, 0 Lord,* for the many benefits which we have received,* and we humbly entreat Thee,* have mercy on us Thine unprofitable servants,* and grant us the grace of the Holy Spirit,* that we may serve Thee in love throughout all our days* and come to dwell with Thee throughout eternity.

Great Doxology, usual litanies and dismissal.


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