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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 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 previewNelson's Dictionary of Christianity (2001)

The Authoritative Resource on the Christian World by George Kurian

The akathist form part of the mattins on the fifth ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices (2003)

by Ann Ball

AKATHIST HYMN The most profound and famous expression of Marian devotion in churches of the Byzantine Rite. The hymn has twenty-four sections, half relating to the Gospel of the Infancy and half to the mysteries of the Incarnation and the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Choral Music (2010)

by Melvin P. Unger

Akathist of Thanksgiving, a large-scale work for solo vv., chorus, perc., org., and str. (1987); God Is with Us, for chorus and org. (1987); The ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Byzantine Empire (2004)

by Jennifer Lawler

Akakios see Acacius Akathist Hymn see Acathist Hymn Akathistos Hymn see Acathist Hymn Akathyst Hymn see Acathist Hymn Akoimetoi Monastery Monastery founded in Constantinople in the early fifth century. It was probably founded by ...

Google previewCatholic Dictionary, Revised (2002)

by Peter Stravinskas

Akathist Hymn (AKuhthist HIHM): (From Greek for “without sitting”) Dating from the seventh century or before, the most profound expression of Marian devotion in Eastern Rite churches, consisting of twentyfour sections, which relate to the ...

Google previewDictionary of Patron Saints' Names (2001)

by Thomas W. Sheehan

The Catholic Church has continuously declared Mary to be "Queen of Heaven and Earth" from the ancient Akathist Hymn of 532 to the Litany of Mary's Feast Dates: August 22 — The Blessed ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

Akathist of Thanksgiving: Glory Be to God for Everything ( soli, chorus, orchestra, 1 988); St. Mary of Egypt (opera, 1991). Taverner, John (b.

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