) 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
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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