'''Kontakion''' (also ''kondakion'' and ''kontak''; plural ''kontakia'') is a type of hymn in the
[[Orthodox ]] [[Church]] and other Eastern [[Christian]] churches. Originally, the kontakion was an extended [[homily]] in verse. In current practice, only the first stanza and the [[ikos]] are sung, when they are appointed. It is not sung at [[vespers]], but it is sung at most of the other services of the day.