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The Akathist Hymn is a hymn of Eastern Orthodox tradition dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The name derives from the fact that during the chanting of the hymn, or sometimes the whole service, the congregation is expected to remain standing in reverence, without sitting down, except for the aged or infirm. During Orthodox Christian and Eastern Catholic religious services in general, sitting, standing, bowing and the making of prostrations are set by an intricate set of rules, as well as individual discretion. Only during readings of the Gospel and the singing of Akathists is standing considered mandatory for all. The akathist par excellence is that written in the 6th century to the Theotokos. In its use as part of the service of the Salutations to the Theotokos, it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, Chairetismoi and Madayeh, respectively; in the Slavic tradition it is known as Akafist.

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Google previewSing of Mary (2014)

Giving Voice to Marian Theology and Devotion by Stephanie Budwey

Early Marian Hymnody The akathist142 The Akathist is a greek alphabetic acrostic of twenty-four stanzas (one for each letter of the alphabet) that comes from sometime between the mid-fifth or early sixth century. Akathist means not sitting, ...

Google previewSacred Languages of the World (2017)

An Introduction by Brian P. Bennett

An akathist is a hymn composed to honor a saint or martyr. Since the demise of the USSR, the canonization of the so‐called “new martyrs” – those faithful Christians who perished under the Bolsheviks – has been a remarkable affair. Between ...

Google previewSurprised by Beauty (2016)

A Listener's Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music by Robert Reilly

Tavener's Akathist of Thanksgiving for chorus and orchestra was composed for the celebration of the millennium of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988. An akathist is a hymn of thanksgiving or supplication used on special occasions.

Google previewMapping British Women Writers’ Urban Imaginaries (2015)

Space, Self and Spirituality by Arina Cirstea

The Akathist is a devotional poem or chant used in the Eastern Orthodox and sometimes Roman Catholic service. Individual Akathists are dedicated to the celebration of saints, the Holy Virgin or the Holy Trinity. 3. The 'holy of holiest' is a term ...

Google previewThe Enchanted Wanderer (2013)

and Other Stories by Nikolai Leskov

An akathist is a special prayer service. . our deliverance from the Gauls: That is, from the Crande Arméc of Napoleon. which was ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

The Akathist praises Mary redeemer of the ancient curse of Eve, as well as the “ womb of the divine Incarnation.” Particularly noteworthy is the insistence on presenting the Virgin as a “container of the uncontainable God.” Mary is emphatically ...

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