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[[Image:Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos iconVictor A. Pokrovsky.jpg|100px|left]]An '''Victor Alexandrovich Pokrovsky''' was choir director, translator, and music arranger for Metropolitan [[akathistSergius (Tikhomirov) of Japan]]''' , serving in that position at the [[Holy Resurrection Cathedral (GreekTokyo, ''akathistos''Japan) is a ]] from 1924 until 1962, except for the World War II years and some of the decade following the war. He followed in the tradition of Russian [[missionary|missionaries]] of bringing the [[hymnGospel]] dedicated to a new people in their language. In Japan, he followed in the tradition of Ss. [[saintInnocent of Moscow]], and [[Great Feasts|holy eventNicholas of Japan]], or one and of the persons Nicholas's successor Sergius. In regard to liturgical music of the Japanese Orthodox Church, Victor Pokrovsky was to Sergius as [[Holy TrinityYakov Tikhai]]was to St. The word ''akathist'' itself means "not sittingNicholas." The akathist Victor''par excellence'' is that written s success was bringing the Russian liturgical music masters to the Japanese in their own language. Metr. Sergius invited Victor, an emigr&eacute; of the 6th century Russian civil war, to Tokyo to introduce to the [[TheotokosChurch of Japan|Japanese Church]]. In its use as part of the Salutations to the Theotokos service (used in the Byzantine tradition during [[Great LentRussian Chant|Russian liturgical masterpieces]])of 19th and 20th century, in Japanese. Their association and close collaboration continued until events associated with World War II brought it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, ''Chairetismoi'' and ''Madayeh'', respectivelyto an end.
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.
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