O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hymn of Thanksgiving

Personally, I would have Thanksgiving Day moved up two weeks so it wouldn't ever fall in the Nativity Fast (historically Thanksgiving was celebrated locally on all sorts of days throughout October and November before the practice was standardized as a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln and the very first Thanksgiving was on September 8, 1565 by Spanish settlers (Catholics, mind you, not Protestant extremists) in Florida; not to mention that putting Thanksgiving on a Friday would put a big dent in the materialism of Black Friday), but as it is, today we give thanks to God for all things (the Akathist by that name would be most appropriate today). If there is one part of American culture that isn't sinful and that actually should be spread to all nations, this is it (the day of thanksgiving part, not the eating like a pig part).

My choice for Thanksgiving today is the Moleben of Thanksgiving, which has as it's apex the Great Doxology, the beautiful hymn to God's glory we chant daily at Matins. St. Hilary, Bishop of Portiers, imported the Great Doxology to the Latin Church where only the first third of it was inserted into the Mass as the "Gloria". So here is a nice setting for the Great Doxology in Church Slavonic: