In Orthodoxy, it is customary to apply prayer to God in almost every case. By their nature, prayers are classified into petition, praise and thanksgiving. Among the latter there is a special follow-up called "Thanksgiving Prayer for Communion." They will be reproduced below in the Russian translation accompanied by a brief commentary.
These prayers are read, as the name suggests, after the sacrament. They are not included in the rite of the liturgy, and it is assumed that they will be read at home. However, in practice, the text of prayer is most often read in the temple after the divine service is over.
It begins with the words "Glory to you, God," repeated three times.
The First Prayer
The first thanksgiving prayer to the Lord God sounds like this:
"Thank you, Lord, my God, because you did not abandon me, a sinner, but honored me to join your holy places. Thank you for honoring me with your heavenly and most pure gifts. But, Vladyka the philanthropist, who died for us and risen, and gave us the mysterious lives that awaken these and creating lives for the sake of the blessing and sanctification of our souls and bodies, make them also for me a source of healing of the soul and body. May they protect me from every enemy and enlighten the eyes of my heart. Let them give me peace in the soul, true faith, love, devoid of hypocrisy, fulfill me with wisdom, help to keep your commandments. May they give me your grace and bring me into your kingdom. I, guarded by them in your holiness, I will always remember your grace and not for myself will live, but for your sake, our lord and benefactor. And after living the life, hoping for eternal life, eternal peace is reached, where the voice of those who celebrate and the apparently infinite rapture of those who contemplate your ineffable goodness are constantly heard. Because you are the true desire and the unspeakable joy of those who love you, Christ our God. And you are sung by all created things for ever. Amen!".
As it follows from the context, this is a thankful prayer to Jesus Christ, whom in the Orthodox Church is considered a god in the literal sense of the word. The next prayer is dedicated to him.
The Second Prayer
This prayer of thanks to Jesus Christ is attributed to the hand of St. Basil the Great.
"Lord, O Christ our God! King of the ages and the creator of everything! I thank you for all the good that you have given me, and for the communion of the most pure and fulfilled mysteries of the life-giving power. I beg you, good and loving people, keep me under your tutelage and under the wing of your wings. Grant me a clean conscience until the last breath in dignity to partake of your holy things for the sake of abandoning sins and eternal life. Because you are the living bread, the source of holiness, the distributor of goods, and to you I send glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and forever and ever! ".
The next thanksgiving after communion, like the first two, is also addressed to Christ. There are four of them in all, and the meaning in them is about the same - thanksgiving for the gift of the sacrament. Therefore, when they want to reduce the rank, they choose one of them, and the others are omitted.
The Third Prayer
This thankful prayer to the Lord God belongs, as it is believed, to Saint Simeon the Metaphrast.
"He who gave me his own flesh, you are fire!" You burn the unworthy, but you did not sleep, my creator! Then penetrate into all parts of my body, into all the joints, into the womb, into the heart. The thickets of all my sins have become bitter. Cleanse my soul and make holy thoughts. Enlighten my five senses. Penetrate me with your fear. Forever hide, keep and protect me from any deed and word that harms the soul. Wash me and make me a clean and beautiful soul, kind, intelligent and enlightened by your light. Make me the abode of only one of your spirit and not a dwelling place of sin. Let from me, your temple, together with the acceptance of the sacrament, as from fire fled all the evil and all passions. For myself, I represent all the saints with prayer books, angelic hierarchies, your forerunner, the wise apostles and your cleanest mother, removed from all filth! By their prayers receive, O Christ, me and make me, your servant, the son of light, for you are the source of our sanctification and the only, oh good, for our souls light. And to you, as God and master, we all send glory all the day! ".
The Fourth Prayer
This thankful prayer to the Lord God sounds like this:
"Thy holy body, O Lord Jesus Christ, our God, may become for me the source of eternal life! And honoring your blood is the remission of sins. And this thanksgiving is for me a source of joy, health and prosperity. When the awesome second coming comes, you are worthy of me, a sinner, to stand to your right in your greatness, through the prayers of your mother and all the saints. "
This thankful prayer after the sacrament is dedicated to the Mother of God.
"All-holy mistress, Mother of God, the light of my darkened soul, my hope, the veil, refuge, source of comfort, my joy!" I thank you for honoring me in spite of my unworthiness to become a partaker of the body and the honorable blood of your son. But having born the light of truth, enlighten my inner eyes of the heart. And, as a born source of immortality, quicken me, slain by sin. As the one who gave birth to the merciful God, O mother, whose womb is filled with goodness and love, have mercy on me and give me a heart broken and humble in thought and return me from the captivity of my sinful thoughts. Wait me until the last breath, without condemnation, to receive sanctification from the most pure secrets for the sake of healing the soul and body. And grant me tears for repentance and correction, that I may chant and glorify you all the days of my life, for you are blessed and full of glory in all ages! Amen!".
On this, in fact, the thanksgiving prayers end. Further on the rank is followed by a few more texts having a broader meaning. For example, the following text is a grateful prayer to God for help taken from the Bible, where it was put in the mouth of one of the righteous who were preparing to meet with death after fulfilling their destiny. The pre-death prayer is included in this rank as evidence of the willingness of the communicant to go to God, if suddenly it happens for some reason.
The Sixth Prayer
"On this day, you let go of your minister, the master, according to your words. Because my eyes saw the salvation that came from you, which you prepared in front of your face for all people. The light of revelation to the nations and the glory of your destiny - Israel. "
This is a prayer, read and on the funeral rites, as well as during every evening worship.
But this short and very ancient prayer comes from Byzantium. According to legend, it was not composed by anyone, but it was sung by angels during the earthquake in the city, a vision of which was awarded to one of the children. Since then, it is read in every Orthodox worship.
"Holy god, holy strong, holy immortal, have mercy on us. It is read traditionally three times. " Then follow the words: "Glory to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit." And today and forever and forever. Amen". It is called in the everyday life "Glory and Today".
Prayer of the Trinity
Then follows another prayer, read in each service. This is a brief prayer to the Trinity.
"All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us! Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Lord, forgive us our iniquities. Holy, descend to us and heal us from our weaknesses, for your name's sake. Lord have mercy!". Then follows "Glory today".
The next prayer is the famous "Our Father". We will not quote the text of the prayer, since it is not necessary.
At the very end, there are a few more short texts. Firstly, these are the so-called troparion and kontakion to the saint, whose liturgy was served, that is, the saint whose pen belongs to the text of the celebrated liturgy. Since there are many liturgies, the troparia will also change. And therefore we will not quote them here.
At the very end, it reads twelve times, "Lord, have mercy on us", "Glory today" and this text: "Honor superior to the cherubim and glory without comparison eclipsing the seraphim, in the virginity of God the Word gave birth to the true Virgin we honor you!" .