An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Give Thanks to God!

The title is from the words of Saint John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings. A gentle reminder to give Thanks to God for all the good He has done.

Thank you.

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O Immortal King of the ages, Who, by the power of Thy saving providence,
Dost hold up in Thy right hand all the ways of man's life;
We thank Thee for all Thy good things both manifest and hid;
For this earthly life, and for the heavenly joys of Thy Kingdom which is to come.
Extend Thy mercies henceforth upon us who sing unto Thee:

Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages!

I was born into the world a weak and helpless child;
But Thine angel extended his resplendent wings over my cradle to defend it.
Thenceforth, Thy love hath shone upon all my ways
And marvellously hath guided me unto the Light of eternity.
Gloriously, the plentious gifts of Thy providence were shown from the first day of my life until this time.
I thank Thee, and cry unto Thee, with all them that have come to know Thee:

Glory to Thee Who hast called me forth into life;
Glory to Thee Who revealest unto me the beauty of the universe;
Glory to Thee Who openest unto me both heaven and earth as an eternal book of wisdom;
Glory to Thine eternity in the midst of this temporal world;
Glory to Thee for Thy mercies known and unknown;
Glory to Thee for every step of my life, and for every moment of joy;

Glory to Thee, O God, unto the ages!