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Akathistos to Our Lady The Most Holy Mother of God

from the SVIT Orthodox prayer book, published by “Russian Day”

Committee of Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, PA (1957)

4th ed. St. Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan, PA (2010)


Kontakion 1

O Queen of the Heavenly Host, Defender of our souls: In that we are delivered from evil, as Thy servants, O Mother of God, we offer unto Thee the songs of thanks and victory; but inasmuch as Thou hast power invincible, from all calamity deliver us, that we may cry unto Thee: Hail O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Ikos 1

An Archangel was sent from Heaven to say to the Mother of God:
Hail, Seeing Thee, O Lord taking the human flesh, he was terrified, and stood before Her, crying with bodiless voice.
Hail, Thou through Whom the joy shall shine forth.
Hail, Thou through Whom the cure shall end.
Hail, fallen Adam’s restoration.
Hail, repentant Eve’s redemption.
Hail, Height unapproachable to human thoughts.
Hail, Depth unfathomable to angelic eyes.
Hail Thou, that art the throne of God.
Hail Thou, that bearest the Bearer of all.
Hail, Star preceding the Sun.
Hail Thou through Whom creation is renewed.
Hail Thou through Whom we worship the Creator.
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 2

Knowing Her purity untouched, the Holy One spake boldly unto Gabriel: Methinks thy glorious tidings inadmissible to My soul: how speakest thou of birth unconceived from the seed of man, while crying unto Me: Alleluia!


Ikos 2

Seeking to comprehend an unfathomable reason, the Virgin cried to God’s Messenger: Tell Me how can a Son be born from a chaste womb? He answered Her with awe, saying:
Hail, The Treasure-house of mystery all world transcending.
Hail, the Faith of willing and complete submission.
Hail, the Beginning of Christ’s stupendous miracles.
Hail, the Fountain of His all-wise commandments.
Hail, the Heavenly Ladder by which God descended.
Hail, the Celestial Bridge leading the earth’s dwellers heavenward.
Hail, the Miracle with praises drawn from Angels.
Hail, the conquest with wailings rent from demons.
Hail, Thou Who gavest birth to Light ineffably effected.
Hail, Thou Who disclosest not how nor in what manner.
Hail, Thou Who enlightenest the understanding of the faithful.
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 3

The power of the Most High over-shadowed the chaste Virgin Who knew not man, and Her womb, as a fertile field, brought forth the sweet fruit for all who would reap salvation, singing: Alleluia!


Ikos 3

Having received God into Her womb, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth. The matron’s child anon recognized Her greeting, rejoiced and with leaps of joy as with songs, cried to the Mother of God:
Hail, Thou Who art the stem of the unfading Flower.
Hail, Who didst receive the Fruit of immortality.
Hail, Thou Who bearest the Lover of mankind.
Hail, Thou Who givest birth to the Planter of our life.
Hail, the Field that growest the fruits of bounty unstinted.
Hail, the Table that bearest the abundance of purification.
Hail, for Thou blossomest with Heavenly feed in plenty.
Hail, for Thou preparest a haven for souls.
Hail, the pleasant incense of prayer and supplication.
Hail, the glorious cleansing of the sin-soiled world.
Hail, our God’s benevolence to the world of mortals.
Hail, that the mortals now may dare to aspire to God.
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 4

Swayed by a storm of doubting thoughts, the austere Joseph was shaken, knowing Thee to be unwedded, and fearing Thou hadst been seduced, O Chaste One; but learning of Thy conception by the Holy Spirit, he saith: Alleluia!


Ikos 4

The herdsmen heard Angels singing praises of Christ’s coming in the flesh; they hastened to Him as to the Shepherd, and saw Him as an unspotted Lamb brought forth from Mary’s womb, and praising Her they said:
Hail, the Mother of the Lamb and of the Shepherd.
Hail, the Pasture of rational sheep.
Hail, the Torture of the invisible enemies.
Hail, Opener of Heavenly gates.
Hail, for the Heavenly rejoice together with the earth-born.
Hail, for the earth’s children exult with the immortals.
Hail, the never silent voice of the Apostles.
Hail, the unconquered courage of the blessed martyrs.
Hail, the firm assertion of faith.
Hail, the shining knowledge of grace.
Hail, Thou though Whom hades was stripped bare.
Hail, Thou through Whom we are clothed with glory.
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 5

Seeing the God-led star, the Wise Men followed its light; guided by it as by a torch, they sought the Mighty King and, having reached the Incomprehensible One, they rejoiced singing: Alleluia!


Ikos 5

The Children of Chaldea saw in the arms of the Virgin Him Who created man with His hands, and, knowing Him to be the Lord, although He assumed the form of a servant, they strove to serve Him with Gifts, and cried to the Blessed Virgin:
Hail, the Mother of the unsetting Star!
Hail, the Dawn of the Mystic day!
Hail, Thou Who extinguishest the furnace of temptation!
Hail, Thou Who enlightenest the mystery of the Trinity!
Hail, Thou Who deprivest the cruel tyrant of his power!
Hail, Thou Who shewest Lord Jesus, the Lover of mankind!
Hail, Thou Who deliverest from the heathenish ungodliness!
Hail, Thou Who freest from the bonds of superstition!
Hail, Thou Who extinguishest the worship of fire!
Hail, Thou Who calmest the flame of passions!
Hail, the teacher of the faithful in chastity!
Hail, the Joy of all generations!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 6

In fulfillment of prophesies concerning Thee, the Wise Men, bearing God in their hearts and glorifying Him with their lips, returned to Babylon, announcing Thee, O Christ, to all, rather than to vainly speaking Herod, for he could not sing: Alleluia!


Ikos 6

Enlightening Egypt by the light of Truth, O Saviour, Thou didst rend asunder the darkness of deceit, for the idols fell unable to bear Thy strength; and they who were delivered from them, cried to the Mother of God:
Hail, Thou Who restorest men!
Hail, Thou Who overcomest demons!
Hail, Thou Who tramplest down the power of darkness!
Hail, Thou Who revealest the falsehood of idols!
Hail, the Sea overwhelming the mind-entrailing Pharaoh!
Hail, the Rock quenching the thirst that craves for life!
Hail, the Pillar of fire directing those in darkness!
Hail, the Veil of the world vaster than the clouds!
Hail, the Nourishment that replaced the manna!
Hail, the Handmaiden of the holy abundance!
Hail, the Promised Land!
Hail, the Fountain of honey and milk!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 7

As a Child Thou didst commit Thyself into the hands of Simeon who besought to depart in peace from this deceitful word; but as perfect God Thou wert acknowledged by him, and astonished by Thy ineffable wisdom, he cried unto Thee: Alleluia!


Ikos 7

Through His manifestation the Creator did show a new Being to us, created by Him; for He spring from a seedless womb, leaving it chaste as before, that we seeing the miracle may sing to Her, crying:
Hail, the Flower of incorruptibility!
Hail, the Wreath of continence!
Hail, Thou Who showest in symbol the Resurrection!
Hail, Thou Who manifested the life of the angles!
Hail, the Tree bearing sweet Fruit by which the faithful are nourished!
Hail, the Tree spreading shade by which many are sheltered!
Hail Thou Who bearest in Thee the Deliverer of the imprisoned!
Hail, Thou Who bringest forth the Loadstone of wondering!
Hail, the Propitiation of the Judge Most-righteous!
Hail, the Remission of sins of many a sin-stained soul!
Hail, the Mantle of boldness flung round-about the naked!
Hail, the Love all potent, vanquishing all desires!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 8

Seeing a marvelous nativity, let us shun the earth and lift up our minds toward Heaven; for the Most-holy God became a humble man on earth that He might raise to the heights all crying to Him: Alleluia!


Ikos 8

Being both below and above, Thou never didst falter, O Thou indescribable Word: for it was not a change of place, but a divine descent, a birth from the God-pleasing Virgin, Who heareth the song;
Hail, the Receptacle of the Measureless!
Hail, the Door of worshipful mystery!
Hail, the doubt-filled Rumor to the faithless!
Hail, the undoubting Praise of the faithful!
Hail the most-holy Chariot of Him Who resteth upon the Cherubim!
Hail, the most glorious Dwelling of Him Who sitteth upon the Seraphim!
Hail, Thou Who didst join the two opposing states together!
Hail, Thou Who didst unit in Thee the maiden with the mother!
Hail, Thou through Whom the bonds of sin were loosed forever!
Hail, Thou through Whom the gates of Paradise were opened!
Hail, the Key of Christ’s Kingdom!
Hail the Hope of the everlasting God!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 9

All the Angelic hosts of Heaven were amazed at Thy great work of taking human flesh: for they see the Unapproachable God become accessible to all men, tarrying with us and hearing from all: Alleluia!


Ikos 9

We see grandiloquent orators voiceless as the creatures of the water, when they must speak of Thee, O Mother of God: for it is beyond their tongue to tell how Thou couldst both be virgin and couldst give birth: but we, revering this mystery, cry faithfully:
Hail, the Receptacle of God’s Wisdom!
Hail, the Treasure-house of His Providence!
Hail, Thou Who turnest philosophers into simpletons!
Hail, Thou Who renderest exhortors into mutes!
Hail, for the keen investigators dulled!
Hail, for the makers of fables withered!
Hail, Thou Who tearest down the Athenian mockeries!
Hail, Thou Who fillest the dragnets of fishermen!
Hail, Thou Who drawest us from out of the abyss of ignorance!
Hail, Thou Who enlightenest the intelligence of many!
Hail, the Life-beat for those who would be saved!
Hail, the Haven for those who ail upon the sea of life!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 10

When Thou tookest upon Thee to save the world, O Adorner of all, Thou camest into it according to Thy promise: the Good Shepherd, being God, took human flesh after our likeness that as one of our kind He might call us to Him, and as God hear from us: Alleluia!


Ikos 10

Thou are a bulwark of strength, O Mother of God and Virgin, for maidens and for all seeking recourse to Thee: it was built by the Creator of Heaven and earth Who dwelt in Thy womb and Who taught us to exclaim:
Hail, the Pillar of virginity!
Hail, the Door of Salvation!
Hail, the Beginning of spiritual enlightenment!
Hail, the Dispenser of God’s grace!
Hail, for Thou renewest those conceived in sin!
Hail, for Thou taughtest those warped in mind!
Hail, the Exterminator of moral corruption!
Hail, the Giver of birth to the Planter of purity!
Hail, the Chamber of seedless marriage!
Hail, the Uniter of the faithful to God!
Hail, the good Preceptress of maidens!
Hail, the Bethrother of saints’ souls to God!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 11

Every song will be weak that seeketh to tell the multitude of Thy bounties and, if we offer unto Thee, O Most-holy King, hymns even as numberless as the sands of the sea, we shall achieve nothing worthy of that which Thou gavest us, crying unto Thee: Alleluia!


Ikos 11

We see the Holy Virgin as a flaming torch displayed to those who dwell in darkness: for She kindleth the immaterial fire, pointeth everyone to the divine Wisdom, enlighteneth minds by radiance; and for that She is worshipped by these exclamations:
Hail, the Beam of the Sun supernal!
Hail the Radiance of the Light unsetting!
Hail, the Lightning illuminating faithful souls!
Hail, the Thunder terrifying faithless foes!
Hail, for Thou kindlest the resplendent radiance!
Hail, for Thou pourest forth the stream’s abundant waters!
Hail, for Thou showest the image of the Font!
Hail, for Thou washest white the filthiness of sin!
Hail, the Fountain that cleanseth pure the conscience!
Hail, the Cup that draweth up the joy!
Hail, the Scent of Christ’s fragrance!
Hail, the Life of mysterious exultation!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride


Kontakion 12

Willing to grant the remission of ancient sins, O Absolver of all trespasses, Thou camest to those who fell away from Thy grace, and didst rend the manuscript of sin, hearing from all: Alleluia!


Ikos 12

We sing Thy giving birth, we glorify Thee as the animated Temple, O Mother of God; for in Thy womb took abode the Lord Who holdeth all in His hand, and Who hallowed, glorified and taught all to cry unto Thee:
Hail, the Tabernacle of God and the Word!
Hail, the Holy One, towering above all saints!
Hail, the Ark gilded by the Holy Spirit!
Hail, the Treasure of Life that is inexhaustible!
Hail, the honourable Crown of pious kings!
Hail, the venerable Praise of devoted priests!
Hail, the unshakable Stronghold of the Church!
Hail, the indestructible Wall of the Kingdom!
Hail, Thou through Whom the victories are won!
Hail, Thou through Whom the enemies fall down!
Hail, the Healing of my Body!
Hail, the Salvation of my soul!
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 13

O Mother, worthy of all hymnal tributes, Who didst bring forth the Word Most Holy of all holy! Accept this present offering; deliver all from every evil, and sve from future suffering all who cry unto Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
This Kontakion is read three times. Then we again read and sing Ikos 1 and Kontakion 1, followed by the prayer to the Holy Virgin.


Ikos 1

An Archangel was sent from Heaven to say to the Mother of God:
Hail, Seeing Thee, O Lord taking the human flesh, he was terrified, and stood before Her, crying with bodiless voice.
Hail, Thou through Whom the joy shall shine forth.
Hail, Thou through Whom the cure shall end.
Hail, fallen Adam’s restoration.
Hail, repentant Eve’s redemption.
Hail, Height unapproachable to human thoughts.
Hail, Depth unfathomable to angelic eyes.
Hail Thou, that art the throne of God.
Hail Thou, that bearest the Bearer of all.
Hail, Star preceding the Sun.
Hail Thou through Whom creation is renewed.
Hail Thou through Whom we worship the Creator.
Hail, O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Kontakion 1

O Queen of the Heavenly Host, Defender of our souls: In that we are delivered from evil, as Thy servants, O Mother of God, we offer unto Thee the songs of thanks and victory; but inasmuch as Thou hast power invincible, from all calamity deliver us, that we may cry unto Thee: Hail O Ever-Virgin Bride!


Prayer to the All-Holy Birth-Giver of God

O All-Holy Sovereign Lady, the Birth-giver of God, Thou art above all angels and archangels, and more honorable than all creatures, Hope of the hopeless, Protector of the poor, Comfort to the Sorrowing, Provider to those that hunger, Clothing to the naked, Healer to the sick, Salvation to sinners, — to all Christians Thou art a Help and Protection, O All-compassionate Sovereign Lady, the Virgin Birthgiver, by Thy benevolence save Thou and have mercy upon the Right Reverend Metropolitans, Archbishops, Bishops, and all the clergy and Monastic orders; the faithful of the governing bodies, leaders of the armed forces, all those in authority and all Orthodox Christians protect with Thy esteemed mantle, and implore Him Who became incarnate from Thee without seed, Christ our God, that He girdle us with power from on high against our visible and invisible foes, O Most-benevolent Sovereign Lady, elevate us from the depths of sinfulness, and save us from famine, destruction, from earthquakes and drowning, from fire and sword, from hostile besiegement and civil wars, from sudden death and from attacks by enemies, and from all evil, O Lady Most Pure, grant peace and health to Thy servants, all the Orthodox Christians, enlighten their mind and direct their spiritual vision toward salvation; vouchsafe unto us, Thy sinful servants, the Kingdom of Thy Son, Christ our God, For His Sovereignty is blessed and all-glorious, with His unoriginate Father, and with the All-Holy and Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.