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An '''akathist''' (Greek, ''akathistos'') is a [[hymn]] dedicated to a [[saint]], [[Great Feasts|holy event]], or one of the persons of the [[Holy Trinity]].  The word ''akathist'' itself means "not sitting."  The akathist ''par excellence'' is that written in the 6th century to the [[Theotokos]].  In its use as part of the Salutations to the Theotokos service (used in the Byzantine tradition during [[Great Lent]]), it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, '''''Chairetismoi''''' and '''''Madayeh''''', respectively.
An '''akathist''' (Greek, ''akathistos'') is a hymn dedicated to a [[saint]], [[Great Feasts|holy event]], or one of the persons of the [[Holy Trinity]].  The word ''akathist'' itself means "not sitting."  The akathist ''par excellence'' is that written in the 6th century to the [[Theotokos]].  In its use as part of the Salutations to the Theotokos service (used in the Byzantine tradition during [[Great Lent]]), it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, '''''Chairetismoi''''' and '''''Madayeh''''', respectively.
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The writing of akathists (occasionally spelled ''acathist'') continues today as part of the general composition of an [[akolouthia]], especially in the Slavic tradition, although not all are widely known nor translated beyond the original language.  Isaac E. Lambertsen <!-- ilector@acninc.net ---> has done a large amount of translation work, including many different akathists.  Most of the newer akathists are pastiche, that is, a generic form imitating the original 6th century akathist into which a particular saint's name is inserted.
 
The writing of akathists (occasionally spelled ''acathist'') continues today as part of the general composition of an [[akolouthia]], especially in the Slavic tradition, although not all are widely known nor translated beyond the original language.  Isaac E. Lambertsen <!-- ilector@acninc.net ---> has done a large amount of translation work, including many different akathists.  Most of the newer akathists are pastiche, that is, a generic form imitating the original 6th century akathist into which a particular saint's name is inserted.
  
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There is more than one [[icon]] "of the Akathist": the [[Chilandari Monastery (Athos)|Hilandar]] icon ([[January 12]]), the [[Dionysiou Monastery (Athos)|Dionysiou]] icon ([[March 27]] and Fifth Saturday of [[Great Lent]]), and the [[Zographou Monastery (Athos)|Zographou]] icon ([[October 10]]).
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{{Services}}
 
==Structure==
 
==Structure==
 
The [[Trisagion Prayers]] are often said as a prelude to the akathist hymn.  The akathist hymn itself is divided into thirteen parts, each of which has a [[kontakion]] and an [[oikos]].  The kontakion usually ends with the exclamation: "Alleluia!"  Within the latter part of the oikos comes an anaphoric entreaty, such as "Come!" or "Rejoice!"  The thirteenth kontakion (which does not have a corresponding ikos) is usually followed by the repetition of the first ikos and kontakion.  After the thirteen kontakia and ikoi, additional prayers are added, such as a [[troparion]] and another kontakion.  In some akathists, [[Psalms]] are also included.
 
The [[Trisagion Prayers]] are often said as a prelude to the akathist hymn.  The akathist hymn itself is divided into thirteen parts, each of which has a [[kontakion]] and an [[oikos]].  The kontakion usually ends with the exclamation: "Alleluia!"  Within the latter part of the oikos comes an anaphoric entreaty, such as "Come!" or "Rejoice!"  The thirteenth kontakion (which does not have a corresponding ikos) is usually followed by the repetition of the first ikos and kontakion.  After the thirteen kontakia and ikoi, additional prayers are added, such as a [[troparion]] and another kontakion.  In some akathists, [[Psalms]] are also included.
  
==Akathist to the Theotokos==
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==Akathists==
When the word ''akathist'' is used alone, it most commonly refers to the original hymn by this name, the 6th century Akathist to the [[Theotokos]], attributed to St. [[Romanos the Melodist]] (though this attribution is hotly debated).  This hymn is often split into four parts and sung at the "Salutations to the Theotokos" service on the first four Friday evenings in [[Great Lent]]; the entire Akathist is then sung on the fifth Friday evening.  Traditionally it is included in the [[Orthros]] of the fifth [[Saturday]] of [[Great Lent]].  In [[monastery|monasteries]] of [[Mount Athos|Athonite]] tradition, the whole Akathist is usually inserted nightly at [[Compline]].
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The four sections into which the Akathist is divided correspond to the themes of the [[Annuncation]], [[Nativity]], [[Christ]], and the [[Theotokos]] herself.
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===Relating to the Trinity===
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'''Akathist to'''
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*the [[Holy Trinity]]
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*[[Jesus|Our Lord, the Most Sweet Jesus]] - [http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_to_christ.shtml 1], [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistlordjesus_en.htm 2], [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/marc89107/part_CC.html 3], [http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/akswjs.htm 4], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Suloisimmalle_Herrallemme_Jeesukselle_Kristukselle.htm 5] (Finnish), [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistlordjesus_cnen.htm 6] (Chinese and English), [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistlordjesus_cn.htm 7] (Chinese)
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*Jesus Christ for a Loved One who has Fallen Asleep
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*the [[Passion|Divine Passion of Christ]] - [http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_passion.shtml 1] [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Kristuksen_Jumalallisille_Karsimyksille.htm 2] (Finnish), [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/passionchrist_en.htm 3], [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/passionchrist_cn.htm 4] (Chinese)
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*Jesus, Light to those in Darkness - [http://www.archdiocese.ca/resources/articles/Lawrence.Akathist_To_Jesus.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistlight.html 2]
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*the [[Holy Spirit]] [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhalle_Hengelle.htm] (Finnish)
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===Relating to the Theotokos===
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[[Image:Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos icon.jpg|right|frame|Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos]]
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When the word ''akathist'' is used alone, it most commonly refers to the original hymn by this name, the 6th century Akathist to the [[Theotokos]], attributed to St. [[Roman the Melodist]] (though this attribution is hotly debated).  This hymn is often split into four parts and sung at the "Salutations to the Theotokos" service on the first four Friday evenings in [[Great Lent]]; the entire Akathist is then sung on the fifth Friday evening.  Traditionally it is included in the [[Orthros]] of the fifth Saturday of [[Great Lent]].  In [[monastery|monasteries]] of [[Mount Athos|Athonite]] tradition, the whole Akathist is usually inserted nightly at [[Compline]].
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The four sections into which the Akathist is divided correspond to the themes of the [[Annunciation]], [[Nativity]], [[Christ]], and the [[Theotokos]] herself.
  
 
The hymn itself forms an alphabetical acrostic&mdash;that is, each ''oikos'' ("house," possibly from the Syriac terminology) begins with a letter of the Greek alphabet, in order&mdash;and it consists of twelve long and twelve short oikoi.  Each of the long oikoi include a seven-line stanza followed by six couplets, employing rhyme, assonance, and alliteration, beginning with the word ''Chaire'' (translated as either "Hail!" or "Rejoice!") and ending with the refrain, "Hail, Bride without bridegroom!"  In the short oikoi, the seven-line stanza is followed by the refrain, "[[Alleluia]]!"   
 
The hymn itself forms an alphabetical acrostic&mdash;that is, each ''oikos'' ("house," possibly from the Syriac terminology) begins with a letter of the Greek alphabet, in order&mdash;and it consists of twelve long and twelve short oikoi.  Each of the long oikoi include a seven-line stanza followed by six couplets, employing rhyme, assonance, and alliteration, beginning with the word ''Chaire'' (translated as either "Hail!" or "Rejoice!") and ending with the refrain, "Hail, Bride without bridegroom!"  In the short oikoi, the seven-line stanza is followed by the refrain, "[[Alleluia]]!"   
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The Salutations to the Theotokos service, often known by its Greek name, the ''Chairetismoi'' (from the ''Chaire!'' so often used in the hymn), consists of [[Compline]] with the Akathist hymn inserted.  It is known in Arabic as the ''Madayeh''.
 
The Salutations to the Theotokos service, often known by its Greek name, the ''Chairetismoi'' (from the ''Chaire!'' so often used in the hymn), consists of [[Compline]] with the Akathist hymn inserted.  It is known in Arabic as the ''Madayeh''.
  
==Akathists==
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'''Akathist of the'''
For the following lists, when the word ''Akathist'' is linked, it links to the particular akathist hymn described in that line.  Where more of the same akathist have been found, the links will follow on the next line, indented, referencing information such as file type and language.  (English text or html files are considered the default.)  The links for the remainder of the line lead to the relevant OrthodoxWiki page for more information on the subject of the akathist. For known authors, the name will be listed.
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*[[Nativity of the Theotokos|Birth of the Theotokos]]
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*[[Presentation of the Theotokos|Presentation of the Theotokos to the Temple]]
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*[[Annunciation]]
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*[[Protection of the Mother of God|Protection (or Covering) of the Theotokos]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistprotection.html 1]
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*[[Dormition|Dormition of the Theotokos]]
  
===Relating to the Trinity===
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'''Akathist to the'''
*Akathist to the [[Holy Trinity]]
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*'''Holy Virgin Theotokos''' (by St. Roman the Melodist)
*[http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_to_christ.shtml Akathist] to [[Jesus|Our Lord, the Most Sweet Jesus]]
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:English - [http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_to_theotokos.shtml 1], [http://www.stsymeon.com/akathist.html 2], [http://www.goarch.org/en/Chapel/liturgical_texts/vaporis_akathist.asp 3], [http://www.bright.net/~palamas/CyberPsaltiri/Triodion/FriSalutations.htm 4], [http://www.stirene.org/library/liturgical_akathist.html 5], [http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Akathist.htm 6], [http://www.pomog.org/akathist.shtml 7], [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/akathis.html 8], [http://www.gocanada.org/liturgicaltexts/akathist.htm 9], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/m_akathist_e.htm 10][http://www.unmercenary.com/pdf/Akathist.PDF 11] (PDF)
:[http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistlordjesus_en.htm], [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/marc89107/part_CC.html], [http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/akswjs.htm]
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:Other - [http://www.pagesorthodoxes.net/mere-de-dieu/md-acathiste.htm 12] (French), [http://vi06n140.members.eunet.at/ugcc/eunet_02/AkathistosDt.pdf 13] (German-PDF),  [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/spanish/akathisto_virgen.htm 14] (Spanish) [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Jumalansynnyttajalle.htm 15] (Finnish)
<!-- I don't actually know what languages these are in. :[http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistlordjesus_tw.htm Taiwanese], [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistlordjesus_cn.htm Cantonese] --->
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*Burning Bush of the Theotokos - [http://www.ocadow.org/music/akathist_socal_1007.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.ortodox.as.ro/acatiste/ac15.html 2] (Romanian)
*Akathist to Jesus Christ for a Loved One who has Fallen Asleep
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*Most Holy Theotokos of the Portal of [[Iviron Monastery (Athos)|Iviron]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/iviron.html 1]
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=17 Akathist] to the [[Pasion|Divine Passion of Christ]]
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*Theotokos of All Protection - [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/protection.html 1]
:[http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_passion.shtml]
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*[http://www.archdiocese.ca/moreAkathist.pdf Akathist] (PDF) to Jesus, Light to those in Darkness (by Fr. Lawrence Farley)
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*Akathist to the [[Holy Spirit]]
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===Relating to the Theotokos===
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'''Akathist to the Theotokos,'''
*'''Akathist to the Holy Virgin Theotokos''' (by St. Romanus the Melodist)
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*All-Venerable Abbess to Monasteries of the Entire World
:[http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_to_theotokos.shtml], [http://www.stsymeon.com/akathist.html], [http://www.goarch.org/en/Chapel/liturgical_texts/vaporis_akathist.asp], [http://www.bright.net/~palamas/CyberPsaltiri/Triodion/FriSalutations.htm], [http://www.stirene.org/Resources/library/liturgical_AkathistHymn.htm], [http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/Akathist.htm], [http://www.saintdemetrios.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Akathist.htm], [http://www.pomog.org/akathist.shtml], [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/akathis.html], [http://www.gocanada.org/Akathyst%20Hymn.htm], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/m_akathist_e.htm], [http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/Akathist.htm with a brief outline], [http://www.unmercenary.com/pdf/Akathist.PDF PDF, with western notation]
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*Daughter of Zion - [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistzion.html 1]
:[http://www.stnicholasla.com/AKATHIST.htm English/Arabic], [http://www.pagesorthodoxes.net/mere-de-dieu/md-acathiste.htm French], [http://vi06n140.members.eunet.at/ugcc/eunet_02/AkathistosDt.pdf German] (PDF), [http://www.saintdemetrios.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Xairetismoi.htm Greek], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/spanish/akathisto_virgen.htm Spanish]
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*the Deliverer
*Akathist of the [[Nativity of the Theotokos|Birth of the Theotokos]]
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*the Door-keeper
*Akathist of the [[Presentation of the Theotokos|Presentation of the Theotokos to the Temple]]
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*the Enricher of the Harvest
*Akathist of the [[Annunciation]]
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*the Inexhaustible Cup - [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/services/akathist_inexhaustible_cup.htm 1], [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/inexhaustible.html 2], [http://www.antiochian.org/1103412970 3], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Akatistos_Jumalan%C3%A4idin_ehtym%C3%A4t%C3%B6n_malja_-ikonille Finnish]
*Akathist of the [[Protection of the Mother of God|Protection (or Covering) of the Theotokos]]
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*[[Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow|Joy of All Who Sorrow]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistjoyofall.html 1]
*Akathist of the [[Dormition|Dormition of the Theotokos]]
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*Nurturer of Children - [http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/NuturerofChildren.htm 1]
*Akathist to the Theotokos, All-Venerable Abbess to Monasteries of the Entire World
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*Our Lady of Sitka - [http://dioceseofalaska.org/pdf/Akathist-text.pdf 1] (PDF)
*Akathist to the Burning Bush of the Theotokos
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*Port Arthur Mother of God - [http://www.archdiocese.ca/resources/pdf/Akathist-PortArthurMotherOfGod-English.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/98akafist-portarthuricon_ru.htm 2] (Russian)
:[http://www.ortodox.as.ro/acatiste/ac15.html Romanian]
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*Queen of All (Pantanassa, or "Healer of Cancer") - [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/pantanassa.html 1], [http://saintjohnwonderworker.org/AKATHIST%20TO%20THE%20MOTHER%20OF%20GOD--Healer%20of%20Cancer02.htm 2]
*[http://www.archdiocese.ca/moreAkathistzion.pdf Akathist] (PDF) to the Theotokos, Daughter of Zion (by Fr. Lawrence Farley)
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*Spring of Healing
*Akathist to the Theotokos, the Deliverer
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*Swift to Aid
*Akathist to the Theotokos, the Door-keeper
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*Unexpected Joy <!-- http://skete.com/moreinfo.cfm?Category=35&Product_ID=124 http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100313 --->
*Akathist to the Theotokos, the Enricher of the Harvest
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/services/akathist_inexhaustible_cup.htm Akathist] to the Theotokos, Inexhaustible Cup
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:[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/inexhaustible.html]
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*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=10 Akathist] to the [[Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow|Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow]]
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*[http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/NuturerofChildren.htm Akathist] to the Theotokos, Nurturer of Children
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/protection.html Akathist] to the Theotokos of All Protection
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:[http://oholy.net/VeilAkathist.html]
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/pantanassa.html Akathist] to the Theotokos, Queen of All (Pantanassa, or "Healer of Cancer")
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:[http://saintjohnwonderworker.org/AKATHIST%20TO%20THE%20MOTHER%20OF%20GOD--Healer%20of%20Cancer02.htm]
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*Akathist to the Theotokos, Spring of Healing
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*Akathist to the Theotokos, Swift to Aid
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*Akathist to the Theotokos, Unexpected Joy <!-- http://skete.com/moreinfo.cfm?Category=35&Product_ID=124 http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100313 --->
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*Akathist to the Theotokos for Reconciliation
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*Akathist to the [[Kursk Root Icon|Theotokos at her Wonder-working Kursk Root Icon of the Sign]]
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:[http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistinnok-irkust_ru.htm Russian]
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*Akathist to the Theotokos at her Icon "Stay of Our Sorrows" (or "Assuage My Sorrow")
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*Akathist to the Theotokos at the Wonder-working Icon of Crasna
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*Akathist to the Theotokos at her Weeping Icon of Boian (Bojan)
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/iviron.html Akathist] of the Theotokos of the Portal of [[Iviron Monastery (Athos)|Iviron]]
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*Akathist to the Theotokos at the Icon of Seven Arrows (Icon of the Prophecy of Simeon)
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*[http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/akafmog.htm Akathist] to the Theotokos at her Icon of Felixstowe
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*[http://www.oca.org/PDF/Music/Akathists/tikhviniconakathist.pdf Akathist] (PDF) to the [[Theotokos of Tikhvin|Theotokos at her Wonder-working Icon of Tikhvin]]
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===Relating to the Saints===
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'''Akathist to the Theotokos for''' Reconciliation
*Akathist to St. [[Alexander of Svir]] (Syväri)
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:[http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhittaja_Aleksanteri_Syvarilaiselle_2.htm Finnish]
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'''Akathist to the Theotokos at her'''
*Akathist to St. Alexis, Man of God
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*[[Kursk Root Icon|Wonder-working Kursk Root Icon of the Sign]] - [http://eadiocese.org/Orthodoxy/Akathist.kursk.icon.pdf 1], [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistinnok-irkust_ru.htm 2] (Russian)
*Akathist to St. [[Anthony the Great]]
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*Icon [[Assuage My Sorrows]] (or "[[Stay of Our Sorrows]]")
*Akathist to St. [[Arsenius of Konevits]]
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*Weeping Icon of Boian (Bojan)
:[http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Arseni_Konevitsalaiselle.htm Finnish]
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*Icon of Felixstowe - [http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/akafmog.htm 1]
*[http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistmartyrs.html Akathist] to the Chinese martyr saints who died in the Boxer Rebellion (by Geoffrey Korz)
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*[[Theotokos of Tikhvin|Wonder-working Icon of Tikhvin]] - [http://www.oca.org/PDF/Music/Akathists/tikhviniconakathist.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.tbumm.org/Library/AkathistTikhvin.htm 2] (Church Slavonic)
:[http://www.asna.ca/resources/akathist-chinese-martyrs-1900.pdf] (PDF)
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*Wonder-working Icon of Crasna
*[http://akafist.narod.ru/D/David.htm Akathist] to St. [[David|David the Prophet, King of Israel]]
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*Icon of Seven Arrows (Icon of the Prophecy of Simeon)
*Akathist to St. Demetrios the Great Martyr
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*Icon "Theotokos of the Sign" at Novgorod
*Akathist to St. Dimitri Basarabov
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*Feodorovskaya Icon
*Akathist to St. [[Elijah the Prophet]]
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*Pochaev (Pochayevskaya) Icon
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=19 Akathist] to St. Elizabeth the New Martyr (Grand Duchess)
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*Kiev Caves Icon
:[http://www.serfes.org/royal/akathisttoelizabeth.htm], [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/elizabeth.html]
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*Kozelshchanskaya Icon
*Akathist to St. [[George the Trophy-bearer|George the Trophy-bearer and Great Martyr]]
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*Smolensk Icon
*Akathist to St. [[Gregory Palamas]]
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*Tikhvin Icon
*[http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/akaguth.htm Akathist] to St. Guthlac of Crowland (by Fr. Elias Jones)
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*Vladimir Icon
*[http://dioceseofalaska.org/pdf/liturgical/StHermanAkathist-FullPage.pdf Akathist] (PDF) to St. [[Herman of Alaska]]
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*[http://www.podvorje.orthodoxy.ru/English/Service/StIgnAkf.htm Akathist] to St. Ignaty Brianchovich
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===Relating to the [[Great Feasts]]===
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=18 Akathist] of St. [[Innocent of Alaska]]
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:[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/innocent.html], [http://www.oca.org/PDF/Music/Akathists/stinnocentakathist.pdf] (PDF)
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'''Akathist of the'''
*[http://www.oca.org/PDF/Music/July/stjacobakathist.pdf Akathist] (PDF) to St. [[Jacob Netsvetov|Jacob of Alaska]]
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*Akathist to St. [[John the Forerunner]]
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*[[Nativity of the Theotokos|Birth of the Theotokos]]
*Akathist to St. [[John the Theologian]]
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*[[Elevation of the Holy Cross|Holy Cross]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/marc89107/part_LL.html 1], [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistcross.html 2], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Akathist_to_the_Spiritual_Ladder%2C_the_Precious_Cross 3], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Akatistos_hengelliselle_portaalle%2C_kalliille_ristille 4] (Finnish)
*Akathist to St. [[John of Kronstadt]]
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*[[Presentation of the Theotokos|Presentation of the Theotokos to the Temple]]
:[http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Johannes_Kronstadtilaiselle.htm Finnish]
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*[[Nativity|Nativity of Christ]] - [http://www.sjkp.org/downloads/AkNativity.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Kristuksen_syntymalle.htm 2] (Finnish)
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=11 Akathist] to St. [[John Maximovitch|John of Shanghai and San Francisco]]
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*[[Annunciation]]
:[http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathiststjohn_en.htm], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/st_john_service.htm#akathist]
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*[[Dormition|Dormition of the Theotokos]]
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*Akathist to St. [[John the New (of Suceava)]]
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===Relating to Saints===
*[http://stjulianalazarevo.org/akathist_hymn.html Akathist] to St. Juliana of Lazarevo
+
Singular - '''Akathist to St.'''
*Akathist to St. [[Mary Magdalene]]
+
 
*Akathist to St. [[Maximus Sandovich]], Protomartyr of the Lemko people <!-- http://www.lemko.org/religion/maxim/ --->
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*[[Alexander of Svir]] (Syväri) - [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhittaja_Aleksanteri_Syvarilaiselle_2.htm 1] (Finnish)
*Akathist to St. [[Menas the Wonder-worker]]
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*[[Alexander Nevsky]]
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=12 Akathist] to St. [[Nektarios of Pentapolis]]
+
*Alexis, Man of God
*Akathist to St. [[Nicholas of Myra]]
+
*[[Alexis (Kabaliuk) of Carpathia]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/servalex.htm 1]
*[http://www.serfes.org/royal/akathist.htm Akathist] to St. [[Nicholas II of Russia|Nicholas II, Tsar and Emperor of All Russia, the Passion-bearer]] (by Daniel Stolypin)
+
*[[Alexis of Wilkes-Barre]] - [http://stephenhowanetz.tripod.com/PDF%20FILES/Miscellaneous%20Mixed%20PDF/Akathist%20to%20St%20Alexis%20of%20Wilkes%20Barre.pdf 1] (PDF)
:[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/nicholas.html], [http://www.rocor.org.au/stjohntheforerunnerchurch/articles/akathist.html]
+
*Anthony Dymsky - [http://www.tbumm.org/Library/AkathistDymsky.htm 1] (Church Slavonic)
*[http://www.saintnilus.org/akathist.html Akathist] to St. Nilus, Wonder-worker of Sora
+
*[[Anthony the Great]]
*Akathist to St. [[Panteleimon]]
+
*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/henkilot/pyhat/karjalan_valistajat/arsenius_of_konevits.htm Arsenius of Konevits] - [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Arseni_Konevitsalaiselle.htm 1] (Finnish)
*Akathist to St. [[Paraskeve]]
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*[[Brendan the Navigator]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/akafrbrendan.htm 1] (French)
*Akathist to Ss. [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and [[Apostle Paul|Paul]]
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*[[Chad of Lichfield]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/akatchad.htm 1]
*Akathist to St. Philothea
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*[[Columba of Iona]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/akafrcolomba.htm 1] (French)
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=13 Akathist] to St. [[Raphael of Brooklyn]]
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*[[Cuthbert of Lindisfarne]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/akacuthbert.htm 1]
:[http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/straphaelcanonized/hymns/BRAkathist.htm], [http://www.networks-now.net/litresswraoc/SVCRaphaelAkathist.htm]
+
*[[David|David the Prophet, King of Israel]] - [http://akafist.narod.ru/D/David.htm 1]
*Akathist to St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]]
+
*[[Demetrios of Thessaloniki|Demetrios the Great Martyr]]
*Akathist to Ss. [[Sergei of Valaam|Sergei]] and [[Herman of Valaam|Herman]] of Valaam
+
*Dimitri Basarabov
:[http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/rukoukset/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhittajaisillemme_Sergeille_ja_Hermanille.htm Finnish]
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*[[Elijah|Elijah the Prophet]]
*Akathist to St. [[Apostle Simon|Simon the Zealot, Apostle and Evangelist]]
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*[[Elizabeth the New Martyr]] (Grand Duchess) - [http://www.serfes.org/royal/akathisttoelizabeth.htm 1], [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/elizabeth.html 2], [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/princess_elizabeth_en.htm 3], [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/princess_elizabeth_ru.htm 4] (Russian)
*Akathist to St. [[Spyridon of Trymithous]]
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*[[George the Trophy-bearer|George the Trophy-bearer and Great Martyr]]
*[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/tikhon.html Akathist] to St. [[Tikhon of Moscow]]
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*[[Gregory Palamas]]
*Akathist to St. [[Tryphon of Pechenga|Trifon (Tryphon) of Pechenga]] (Petsamo)
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*[[Guthlac of Crowland]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/akaguth.htm 1]
:[http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Trifon_Petsamolaiselle.htm Finnish]
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*[[Herman of Alaska]] - [http://dioceseofalaska.org/pdf/liturgical/StHermanAkathist-FullPage.pdf 1] (PDF)
*Akathist to St. [[Xenia of St. Petersburg]]
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*Ignaty Brianchovich - [http://www.podvorje.orthodoxy.ru/English/Service/StIgnAkf.htm 1]
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*[[Innocent of Alaska]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/innocent.html 1], [http://www.oca.org/PDF/Music/Akathists/stinnocentakathist.pdf 2] (PDF)
 +
*[[Jacob Netsvetov|Jacob of Alaska]] - [http://www.oca.org/PDF/Music/July/stjacobakathist.pdf 1] (PDF)
 +
*[[John Chrysostom]] - [http://chrysostom1600.org/sjc1600/akathist/ 1], [http://www.antiochian.org/system/files/Akathist+to+St+John+Chrysostom.pdf 2] (PDF), [http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Akatistos_pyh%C3%A4lle_Johannes_Krysostomokselle%2C_Konstantinopolin_arkkipiispalle Finnish]
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*[[John the Forerunner]]
 +
*[[John the Theologian]]
 +
*[[John of Kronstadt]] - [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Johannes_Kronstadtilaiselle.htm 1] (Finnish)
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*[[John Maximovitch|John of Shanghai and San Francisco]] - [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathiststjohn_en.htm 1], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/st_john_service.htm#akathist 2]
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*[[John the New of Suceava]]
 +
*[[Joseph the Betrothed]] [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_joosef_kihlaajalle.htm 1] (Finnish)
 +
*Juliana of Lazarevo - [http://stjulianalazarevo.org/akathist_hymn.html 1]
 +
*[[Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) of Simferopol and Crimea]][http://www.kerpc.ru/sacred/luka/molitv 1]
 +
*[[Mary Magdalene]]
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*[[Maximus Sandovich]], Protomartyr of the Lemko people <!-- http://www.lemko.org/religion/maxim/ --->
 +
*[[Menas the Wonder-worker]]
 +
*[[Nektarios of Pentapolis]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistnectarios.html 1], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_nektariokselle.htm 2] -(Finnish)
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*[[Nicholas of Myra]] - [http://www.sainthermanchurch.org/Images_files/Akathist%20to%20our%20Father%20Among%20the%20Saints.doc 1] (DOC), [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhalle_Nikolaokselle.htm 2] (Finnish)
 +
*[[Nicholas of Japan]]
 +
*[[Nicholas II of Russia|Nicholas II, Tsar and Emperor of All Russia, the Passion-bearer]] - [http://www.serfes.org/royal/akathist.htm 1], [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/nicholas.html 2]
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*Nilus, Wonder-worker of Sora - [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathistnilus.html 1] [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_nil_sorskille.htm 2] (Finnish)
 +
*[[Panteleimon]] - [http://stbarnabasonline.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=32 1] (PDF)
 +
*[[Paraskevi]]
 +
*[http://jonathanscorner.com/philaret/ Philaret the Merciful]
 +
*Philothea
 +
*[[Raphael of Brooklyn]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/straphaelcanonized/hymns/BRAkathist.htm 1], [http://www.networks-now.net/litresswraoc/SVCRaphaelAkathist.htm 2]
 +
*[[Romanos the Melodist]] - [http://www.frederica.com/writings/the-akathist-annunciation-hymn-of-st-romanos.html 1]
 +
*[[Seraphim of Sarov]] - [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhittajaisa_Serafim_Sarovilaiselle.htm 1] (Finnish)
 +
*[[Apostle Simon|Simon the Zealot, Apostle and Evangelist]]
 +
*[[Spyridon of Trimythous]]
 +
*[[Tikhon of Moscow]] - [http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/carthusian/Akathist/tikhon.html 1]
 +
*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/henkilot/pyhat/karjalan_valistajat/tryphon_of_pechenga.htm Trifon (Tryphon) of Pechenga (Petsamo)] - [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Trifon_Petsamolaiselle.htm 1] (Finnish)
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*[[Xenia of St. Petersburg]] [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Autuaalle_Ksenia_Pietarilaiselle.htm 1] (Finnish)
 +
 
 +
Plural - '''Akathist to'''
 +
 
 +
*All Saints [http://www.parohia-precupetii-vechi.ro/acatist.htm 1] (Romanian)
 +
*the Chinese martyr saints who died in the Boxer (Yihetuan Movement) Rebellion - [http://www.asna.ca/resources/akathist-chinese-martyrs-1900.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.orthodox.cn/liturgical/akathist/akathistmartyrs_en.htm 2]
 +
*to all the Saints that shone forth in the lands of the West - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/pdf/aka.pdf 1] (PDF), [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/pdf/akatist.pdf 2] (PDF-Romanian)
 +
*Ss. [[Joachim and Anna]] [http://www.churchofourlady.org/Documents/Akathist%20-%20Joachim%20and%20Anna%20(English).pdf] (includes music)
 +
*Ss. [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and [[Apostle Paul|Paul]] - [http://www.peterandpaul.net/akathist-saints-peter-paul]
 +
*Ss. [http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/henkilot/pyhat/karjalan_valistajat/sergius_and_herman_of_valaam.htm Sergei and Herman] of Valaam - [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_Pyhittajaisillemme_Sergeille_ja_Hermanille.htm 1] (Finnish)
 +
 
 +
Local/Diocesan Saints
 +
 
 +
*Akathist to [[Seraphim Rose]] - [http://users.sisqtel.net/williams/akathist-frseraphim.html 1]
 +
*Akathist to [[Paisios (Eznepidis)|Paisius the Athonite]] - [http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/akapaisius.htm 1]
 +
 
 +
===Relating to Angels===
 +
 
 +
'''Akathist to the'''
 +
 
 +
*Holy Archangel Michael - [http://cs-people.bu.edu/butta1/akathistarchangelmichael.htm 1] [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_arkkienkeli_Mikaelille.htm 2] - (Finnish)
 +
*Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel
 +
*Guardian Angel
  
 
===Other Akathists===
 
===Other Akathists===
*[http://www.stvladimirs.ca/library/akathist-holy-communion.html Akathist] for [[Eucharist|Holy Communion]]
+
*Akathist for [[Eucharist|Holy Communion]] - [http://www.stvladimirs.ca/library/akathist-holy-communion.html 1], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_ehtoolliselle_valmistauduttaessa.htm 2] (Finnish)
*[http://www.sjkp.org/AkNativity.pdf Akathist] (PDF) of the [[Nativity|Nativity of Christ]]
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*Akathist to the Tomb and the Resurrection of the Lord - [http://gnisios.narod.ru/aktomb.html 1], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_elamaa_kantavalle_haudalle.htm 2] (Finnish), [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathisttomb.html 3]
*[http://www.angelfire.com/nv2/marc89107/part_LL.html Akathist] of the [[Elevation of the Holy Cross|Holy Cross]]
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*Akathist to the Resurrection of Christ [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_kuolleista_nousseelle_Kristukselle.htm 1] (Finnish)
*[http://gnisios.narod.ru/aktomb.html Akathist] to the Tomb and the Resurrection of the Lord
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*Akathist "Glory to God for All Things" or "of Thanksgiving" - [http://www.saintjonah.org/services/thanksgiving.htm 1], [http://www.orthodox.net/akathists/akathist-thanksgiving.html 2], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akathist_of_thanksgiving.htm 3], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_luomakunnalle_3.htm 4] (Finnish)
*Akathist to the Resurrection of Christ
+
:The Akathist is often attributed to [[Priest]] Gregory Petrov who died in a Soviet prison camp in 1940, but also to [[Metropolitan]] Tryphon (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov) +1934. The title is from the words of St. [[John Chrysostom]] as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings.
*[http://www.joyinsorrow.com/viewPrayer.asp?id=27 Akathist] "Glory to God for All Things"
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*Akathist in Praise of God's Creation (by Metropolitan Tryphon (Turkestanov)) - [http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8228.asp 1]
:[http://www.stchcathedral.org.bh/snippets/akathist.htm]; The Akathist is often attributed to [[Priest]] Gregory Petrov who died in a Soviet prison camp in 1940, but also to [[Metropolitan]] Tryphon (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov) +1934. The title is from the words of St. [[John Chrysostom]] as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings.
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*Akathist for the Repose of the Departed - [http://users.sisqtel.net/williams/akathist-repose.html 1], [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_kuolonuneen_nukkuneiden_puolesta.htm 2] (Finnish)
*[http://www.orthodox.net/akathists/akathist-thanksgiving.html Akathist] of Thanksgiving (by Metropolitan Tryphon (Turkestanov))
+
:[http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akathist_of_thanksgiving.htm]; [http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/akatistohymnit/akatistos_luomakunnalle_3.htm Finnish]
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8228.asp Akathist] in Praise of God's Creation (by Metropolitan Tryphon (Turkestanov))
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*[http://cs-people.bu.edu/butta1/akathistarchangelmichael.htm Akathist] to the Holy Archangel Michael
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*Akathist to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel
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*Akathist to the Guardian Angel
+
*[http://users.sisqtel.net/williams/akathist-repose.html Akathist] for the Repose of the Departed
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*Akathist to All Saints
+
:[http://www.parohia-precupetii-vechi.ro/acatist.htm Romanian]
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*[http://users.sisqtel.net/williams/akathist-frseraphim.html Akathist] to [[Seraphim Rose]]
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==External Links==
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==External links==
*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/liturgiset_tekstit/liturgiset_tekstit.htm#akatistos Akathists in Finnish]
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===About===
* [http://www.prilutsk.mrezha.ru/akafist/index_akaf.htm Akathists in Slavonic]
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/multimedia/audio.asp?videoTitle=The%20Akathist%20Hymn&location=/en/services/akathist/eikona/akathist_MSTR.mov Akathist Hymn] (MOV; sound file) chanted by [[Eikona]]
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*[http://www.saintjonah.org/services/order.htm How to Read Canons and Akathists when praying alone]
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*[http://www.monachos.net/other/akathist_commentary.shtml True Mother of God, Thee do we magnify: A commentary on the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God]
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*[http://www.unicorne.org/orthodoxy/2005/akathist.htm Akathists For All Occasions: Praying from East to West] by Alexander Roman (Greek Catholic)
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*[http://www.byzcath.org/sites/alex/web/ Akathists written by Alexander Roman]
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*[http://www.orthodox.net/ustav/akathist-rubrics.html Akathist Rubrics]
 
*[http://www.orthodox.net/ustav/akathist-rubrics.html Akathist Rubrics]
 
*[http://www.orthodox.net/ustav/order-for-reading-canons.html The order for reading canons and akathists when alone]
 
*[http://www.orthodox.net/ustav/order-for-reading-canons.html The order for reading canons and akathists when alone]
*[http://www.orthodoxmusic.ru/alb71.e.AKATHIST_TO_THE_DERZHAVNAYA_ICON.html?request_id=53 Akathist to the Derzhavnaya Icon of the Mother of God] CD for sale with sample mp3 tracks
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*[http://www.saintjonah.org/services/order.htm How to Read Canons and Akathists when praying alone]
*[http://www.gocanada.org/akathist_hymn%20Intro.htm The Akathist Hymn], including a brief outline of the structure of the Akathist to the Theotokos
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*[http://www.dormitionorthodoxchurch.org/heavenlyladder1_4.pdf The Akathist Hymn] by Fr. Luke Hartung
 
*[http://www.dormitionorthodoxchurch.org/heavenlyladder1_4.pdf The Akathist Hymn] by Fr. Luke Hartung
<!-- http://akafist.narod.ru/ Russian site ? --->
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*[http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/Akathist.htm Akathist with a brief outline]
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*[http://www.unmercenary.com/pdf/Akathist.PDF Akathist] PDF, with western notation
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=17 5th Saturday of Great Lent of the Akathist to the Theotokos] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100161 Icon of the Mother of God of the Akathist], January 12 (OCA)
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100918 Icon of the Mother of God "of the Akathist"], March 27 (OCA)
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102935 Icon of the Mother of God "of the Akathist" of the Zographou Monastery], October 10 (OCA)
  
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===Collections===
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*[http://www.saintjonah.org/services/akathists.htm Akathists and Canons, online]
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/planet/parastos/akathists.html Akathists]
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===Other languages===
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*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/kirkkomusiikki/akatistos.htm Akathists in Finnish]
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*[http://www.ortodox.as.ro/acatiste/index.html Akathists in Romanian]
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*[http://akafist.narod.ru/ Akathists in Russian]
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===Other traditions===
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*[http://www.unicorne.org/orthodoxy/2005/akathist.htm Akathists For All Occasions: Praying from East to West] by Alexander Roman (Greek Catholic)
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*[http://hometown.aol.com/dangellbrown/akathistjoseph.html Akathist to St. Joseph the Betrothed] (Byzantine Catholic)
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===Multimedia===
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/multimedia/audio.asp?videoTitle=The%20Akathist%20Hymn&location=/en/services/akathist/eikona/akathist_MSTR.mov Akathist Hymn] (MOV; sound file) chanted by [[Eikona]]
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*[http://www.goarch.org/chapel/chant/akathist/index_html Learn to Chant: The Service of the Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.orthodoxmusic.ru/alb71.e.AKATHIST_TO_THE_DERZHAVNAYA_ICON.html?request_id=53 Akathist to the Derzhavnaya Icon of the Mother of God] CD for sale with sample mp3 tracks
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Latest revision as of 19:15, May 30, 2013

An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." The akathist par excellence is that written in the 6th century to the Theotokos. In its use as part of the Salutations to the Theotokos service (used in the Byzantine tradition during Great Lent), it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, Chairetismoi and Madayeh, respectively.

The writing of akathists (occasionally spelled acathist) continues today as part of the general composition of an akolouthia, especially in the Slavic tradition, although not all are widely known nor translated beyond the original language. Isaac E. Lambertsen has done a large amount of translation work, including many different akathists. Most of the newer akathists are pastiche, that is, a generic form imitating the original 6th century akathist into which a particular saint's name is inserted.

There is more than one icon "of the Akathist": the Hilandar icon (January 12), the Dionysiou icon (March 27 and Fifth Saturday of Great Lent), and the Zographou icon (October 10).

Services of the Orthodox Church
Divine Liturgy
Daily Cycle
Vespers | Compline | Midnight Office | Matins
First, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Hour Services
Other Services
Akathist Hymn | Paraklesis
Great Blessing of Water | Artoklasia
Baptism-Chrismation Service
Ordination Service | Marriage Service
Funeral Service | Memorial Service

Contents

Structure

The Trisagion Prayers are often said as a prelude to the akathist hymn. The akathist hymn itself is divided into thirteen parts, each of which has a kontakion and an oikos. The kontakion usually ends with the exclamation: "Alleluia!" Within the latter part of the oikos comes an anaphoric entreaty, such as "Come!" or "Rejoice!" The thirteenth kontakion (which does not have a corresponding ikos) is usually followed by the repetition of the first ikos and kontakion. After the thirteen kontakia and ikoi, additional prayers are added, such as a troparion and another kontakion. In some akathists, Psalms are also included.

Akathists

Relating to the Trinity

Akathist to

Relating to the Theotokos

Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

When the word akathist is used alone, it most commonly refers to the original hymn by this name, the 6th century Akathist to the Theotokos, attributed to St. Roman the Melodist (though this attribution is hotly debated). This hymn is often split into four parts and sung at the "Salutations to the Theotokos" service on the first four Friday evenings in Great Lent; the entire Akathist is then sung on the fifth Friday evening. Traditionally it is included in the Orthros of the fifth Saturday of Great Lent. In monasteries of Athonite tradition, the whole Akathist is usually inserted nightly at Compline.

The four sections into which the Akathist is divided correspond to the themes of the Annunciation, Nativity, Christ, and the Theotokos herself.

The hymn itself forms an alphabetical acrostic—that is, each oikos ("house," possibly from the Syriac terminology) begins with a letter of the Greek alphabet, in order—and it consists of twelve long and twelve short oikoi. Each of the long oikoi include a seven-line stanza followed by six couplets, employing rhyme, assonance, and alliteration, beginning with the word Chaire (translated as either "Hail!" or "Rejoice!") and ending with the refrain, "Hail, Bride without bridegroom!" In the short oikoi, the seven-line stanza is followed by the refrain, "Alleluia!"

The Salutations to the Theotokos service, often known by its Greek name, the Chairetismoi (from the Chaire! so often used in the hymn), consists of Compline with the Akathist hymn inserted. It is known in Arabic as the Madayeh.

Akathist of the

Akathist to the

  • Holy Virgin Theotokos (by St. Roman the Melodist)
English - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (PDF)
Other - 12 (French), 13 (German-PDF), 14 (Spanish) 15 (Finnish)
  • Burning Bush of the Theotokos - 1 (PDF), 2 (Romanian)
  • Most Holy Theotokos of the Portal of Iviron - 1
  • Theotokos of All Protection - 1

Akathist to the Theotokos,

  • All-Venerable Abbess to Monasteries of the Entire World
  • Daughter of Zion - 1
  • the Deliverer
  • the Door-keeper
  • the Enricher of the Harvest
  • the Inexhaustible Cup - 1, 2, 3, Finnish
  • Joy of All Who Sorrow - 1
  • Nurturer of Children - 1
  • Our Lady of Sitka - 1 (PDF)
  • Port Arthur Mother of God - 1 (PDF), 2 (Russian)
  • Queen of All (Pantanassa, or "Healer of Cancer") - 1, 2
  • Spring of Healing
  • Swift to Aid
  • Unexpected Joy

Akathist to the Theotokos for Reconciliation

Akathist to the Theotokos at her

Relating to the Great Feasts

Akathist of the

Relating to Saints

Singular - Akathist to St.

Plural - Akathist to

  • All Saints 1 (Romanian)
  • the Chinese martyr saints who died in the Boxer (Yihetuan Movement) Rebellion - 1 (PDF), 2
  • to all the Saints that shone forth in the lands of the West - 1 (PDF), 2 (PDF-Romanian)
  • Ss. Joachim and Anna [2] (includes music)
  • Ss. Peter and Paul - [3]
  • Ss. Sergei and Herman of Valaam - 1 (Finnish)

Local/Diocesan Saints

Relating to Angels

Akathist to the

  • Holy Archangel Michael - 1 2 - (Finnish)
  • Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel
  • Guardian Angel

Other Akathists

  • Akathist for Holy Communion - 1, 2 (Finnish)
  • Akathist to the Tomb and the Resurrection of the Lord - 1, 2 (Finnish), 3
  • Akathist to the Resurrection of Christ 1 (Finnish)
  • Akathist "Glory to God for All Things" or "of Thanksgiving" - 1, 2, 3, 4 (Finnish)
The Akathist is often attributed to Priest Gregory Petrov who died in a Soviet prison camp in 1940, but also to Metropolitan Tryphon (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov) +1934. The title is from the words of St. John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings.
  • Akathist in Praise of God's Creation (by Metropolitan Tryphon (Turkestanov)) - 1
  • Akathist for the Repose of the Departed - 1, 2 (Finnish)

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