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Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children

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If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

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Kontakion 1:

Victorious Leader and Good Nurturer of the Christian race, we Thy servants, delivered from evil, sing out grateful thanks to Thee. But as Thou hast invincible might deliver my children from all dangers that with tears I may cry to Thee: Raise my children (names), to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven, and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Ikos 1:

Intercede with Thy Son and God, O most Holy One, that an angel from heaven be sent to my children, just as to Thee was sent a most mighty protector, the Archangel Gabriel; and vouchsafe me to cry to Thee thus:

Raise my children to be earthly angels.
Raise my children to be heavenly men.
Raise my children to be Thy servants.
Raise my children to cry out to Thee:
“Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord with Thee!”
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made
worthy of the Kingdom Of Heaven and make
them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 2:

As thou seest my maternal entreaty for my children, begging help of Thee alone; do Thou take them under Thine honorable and compassionate protection, that we may cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 2:

Send my children understanding, that they may know how to serve Thee well; fill their hearts with heavenly wisdom and grant that they may love it alone and scorn the things of the world. Do not hinder my lips from crying such things as these:

Raise my children to be wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.
Raise my children to have knowledge of good but not of sin.
Raise my children to be wise against the snares of the devil.
Raise my children to order their lives wisely, following the examples of the saints.
Raise my children, nourishing them with the milk of the hidden wisdom of God, that they may seek it all of their lives.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 3:

May the power of the Most High overshadow my children through Thine unceasing intercession before Thy Son, and on account of this, having come to know Thy maternal compassion towards all who run to God with faith, may they cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 3:

Having received my children from God, I do not desire to behold them dwelling in eternal torment, but rather to see them written in the Book of Life and made inheritors of eternal life. For Thy sake, O Most Pure Virgin, incline Thine ear to my supplication, as I cry to Thee:

Raise my children to flee eternal torment.
Raise my children to inherit life eternal.
Raise my children to pass the course of their life in Repentance.
Raise my children to labor to acquire the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Raise my children to exert effort to attaint the Kingdom of Heaven.
Raise my children to be written in the Book of Life.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 4:

Having within a tempest of doubting thoughts, and wanting to give my children to drink of eternal life, I weep. Thus, having remembered Thy most rich mercies, I sing to Thy Son with hope and with a contrite heart: Alleluia.

Ikos 4:

Having heard Thy voice, crying to Thy Son, “Preserve in Thine inheritance those whom Thou hast given me unto the ages,” I stretch out my hands and my heart towards Thy loving-kindness, entreating that Thou wilt keep my children among Thy servants, and fulfill these my petitions:

Raise my children in thy most holy inheritance.
Raise my children with all Thy Saints.
Raise my children to be Thy servants, fulfilling all Thy commands.
Raise my children to seek help from Thee alone.
Raise my children to inherit eternal life.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 5:

May the Morning Star, which is Thy Son, O Most Holy Virgin, shine with unfading light in the hearts of my children, that they may cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 5:

Having seen my diligent supplication rising like incense to Thy glory, turn not Thy face away from my children, though they turn away from Thee, but all the more, hear the cry of my lips, singing to Thee:

Raise my children to be poor in spirit, that they May inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
Raise my children to weep, that they may be comforted.
Raise my children to be meek, that they may inherit the earth.
Raise my children to hunger and thirst after righteousness, that they may be filled.
Raise my children to be merciful, that they may obtain mercy.
Raise my children to be pure in heart, that they may see God.
Raise my children to be peacemakers, that they may be called the sons of God.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 6:

All we the faithful ever proclaim Thee the defense of orphans, widows and mothers, and of all Thy children who pray and cry out to Thee: Alleluia.

Ikos 6:

With rays of grace teach my children so that enlightened by Thee on high they may see they path leading to life eternal and follow on it, nourished beneath Thine all-powerful protection in the Church of Thy Son where there is unending light. For the sake of this, hear me who dost cry to Thee thus:

Raise my children to be the light of the world, that their light may shine before men, and that seeing their good deeds, men will glorify their Father in Heaven.
Raise my children to be the light of the world, that their light may shine before men, and that seeing their good deeds, men will glorify their Father in Heaven.
Raise my children to be enlightened by Thy Son, that in His light they may see light and direct their steps towards Him.
Raise my children always to turn the eyes of their heart to the Redeemer of all.
Raise my children to be guided to the habitation of the Righteous by the Morning Star which is Thy Son.
Raise my children to be meek and silent and to tremble before the word of God.
Raise my to love Thee and Thy Son not only with their minds but also with their Hearts.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 7:

Desiring for my children eternal salvation, with tears I stand before Thy most honorable icon, O Lady, that disdaining not my supplication, thou wilt cry to Thy Son: Alleluia.

Ikos 7:

By the wonderous and incomprehensible action of Thy Son, lead my children with Thy merciful hand beneath Thy gracious protection, that with sincerity I may cry to Thee:

Raise my children to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.
Raise my children to walk the narrow way leading to life eternal.
Raise my children to do the will of Thy Son and God in every place.
Raise my children to long to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
Raise my children to be numbered among Thy chosen ones.
Raise my children (names), of Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 8:

Where will my children, wandering in the greatly perilous and stormy valley of the world, receive joy and consolation, if not in Thee, O Most Pure One. Travel with them and teach them the true path, that they may cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 8:

To all art Thou a merciful Mother, O Lady, and I desire that I may become Thy child. Thus I place my children in Thy hands and in humility I beg of Thee:

Raise my children to keep vigil and pray that they may not fall into temptation.
Raise my children to be merciful so that their Father in Heaven will be merciful to them.
Raise my children in purity of childhood, for to children belongs the Kingdom of God.
Raise my children to be the least of all, that they may be great before God.
Raise my children to fulfill the Word of God, and to be partakers of the heavenly blessedness for which they came into being.
Raise my children to have good hope in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 9:

Fill the souls and hearts of my children with all good, driving away from them the spirit of evil atheism, giving to each of them as is needed from Thy compassion toward all, that I may cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 9:

Deliver my children from association with falsely-theorizing orators, who speak lies about Thine all-powerful intercession, and look upon me, faithfully singing:

Raise my children to love Thee with all their hearts and minds.
Raise my children to open their lips only in the praise and glory of Thy blessings.
Raise my children to await the coming of Thy Son with tears.
Raise my children in watchful and continual prayer.
Raise my children to stand always before Thee with reverence.
Raise my children to bear good fruit.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 10:

Desiring to save the world, Thy Son came from heaven to call, not the righteous, but sinners to repentance. For the sake, of this, pray to Thy Son that having been saved through Thee my children may call to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 10:

Surround my children with indestructible walls, O Heavenly Queen, that under Thy blessed protection, they may accomplish a multitude of good deeds, and that with them I may cry to Thee thus:

Raise my children to be leaders in doing the will of Thy Son and God.
Raise my children to hate sin and all transgression.
Raise my children to love good and all virtue.
Raise my children in blameless purity.
Raise my children to ascent the ladder of their lives every day.
Raise my children to turn their eyes to Thy compassion in the midst of sorrows.
Raise my children to serve Thee in obedience and chastity.
Raise my children (names), O Lady,
to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 11:

Make my children (names) worthy always to hymn Thine unshakable intercession, and through Thy grace direct their lips to sing to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 11:

O Shining lamp from on high, make the lives of my children to burn and their hearts to melt day and night with love for Thee, and Thy Son, and for their neighbors, and disdain me not who cry to Thee:

Raise my children to love Thee with all their hearts and minds.
Raise my children to open their lips only in the praise and glory of Thy blessings.
Raise my children in watchful and continual Prayer.
Raise my children to stand always before Thee with reverence.
Raise my children to bear good fruit.
Raise my children (names), O Lady,
to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 12:

Fill the hearts of my children with the inexpressible grace of the Holy Spirit, so that they may love only Thy Son and God, and Thee, O Most Good One, that being inspired by Thee, I may cry to the King of all: Alleluia.

Ikos 12:

Singing of Thy loving-kindness, I pray Thee, who feeds and hast mercy on my children; cease not to intercede for them with Thy Son, for I believe that all is possible for Thee, and do Thou fulfill these my entreaties:

Raise my children to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Raise my children to be found on the right hand at the Judgement Seat of Thy Son.
Raise my children to live in a holy manner.
Raise my children to dwell securely on the path of faith by the grace of the Spirit of God.
Raise my children to dwell securely on the path of faith by the grace of the Spirit of God.
Raise my children to hunger and thirst insatiably for the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.
Raise my children to perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

Kontakion 13:

O All Hymned Mother of our Sweetest Jesus! Accept this small hymn of supplication for my children as a sweet fragrance and take them under Thy compassionate protection. Grant them to think, know, near, say and do, only that which brings them close to Thee and Thy Son, and helps them attain eternal salvation. And send them in this present life all that is profitable for the salvation of their souls, that they may cry to God: Alleluia.

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and then Kontakion 1)

 

A Prayerful Sighing of Parents
For Their Children

LORD Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother, hearken unto me, Thine unworthy servant (name), O Lord, govern in mercy my children, Thy servants (names). Have mercy on them and save them, for Thy name’s sake.

O Lord, forgive them all their transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, that they may be perfected before Thee. O Lord, set them on the true path of Thy commandments and enlighten their minds with the Light of Christ unto salvation of their souls and the healing of their bodies.

Bless them, O Lord, at home, at school, in their journeys and in every place of Thy dominion. Preserve and shelter them, O Lord, from flying bullets, arrows, the sword, poison and fire, from mortal wounds and sudden death. Guard them, O Lord, from all visible and invisible enemies, and from all danger, evil and misfortune.

Heal them O Lord, from all sickness, deliver them from every impurity, and lighten their spiritual sufferings. Grant them, O Lord, the grace of Thy Holy Spirit and a long life; grant them health and chastity in all piety and love, and to live in accord with all their neighbors, near and far.

Multiply and strengthen them, O Lord, in mental ability and bodily strength, given to them by Thee. Bless them to lead a pious life and, if it is pleasing to Thee, grant them married life and honorable childbearing.

For Thy name’s sake, O Lord, give me, Thy sinful and unworthy servant, a parental blessing for my children and Thy servants, both in this present time, morning, noon and night, and also in Thine eternal, almighty and all-powerful Kingdom.

Amen. O God, Maker of all creation, Thou hast made me worthy to be the mother of a family, and through Thy goodness hast bestowed children upon me; and so I dare to say: these children are Thine, for Thou hast given them being, hast infused them with an immortal soul, and hast raised them to life through baptism.

And in accordance with Thy will Thou has adopted them and received them into the bosom of Thy Church. Send down to me Thy gracious help in raising my children, for the glory of Thy name. Bestow on me patience and strength to do Thy will.

Teach me to plant in their hearts the root of true wisdom-the fear of the Lord-that all their lives they may tremble at Thy words. Open to them the understanding of Thy law. Until the end of their days let them act with the sense that Thou art everywhere present.

Plant in their hearts loathing for every transgression, that they may be pure in their signs. O Righteous Judge, who punishes children for the sins, but sprinkle them with the dew of Thy grace.

O Heavenly Father, order the fate of my children according to Thy blessings, do not deprive them in this life of their daily bread, send down to them in due time all that is necessary for the acquisition of blessings in eternity.

Be merciful to them, when they sin before Thee; look not upon the sins of their youth and ignorance; chastise them and have mercy on them, but turn not Thy face away from them. Turn not Thy face from the in the day of their tribulation, that they may not fall into temptations beyond their strength.

Cover them with Thy mercy, that Thine Angel may walk with them and preserve them. Abandon not my children, O Lord, and give them that which is profitable for salvation.

Amen.

Prayer to the Mother of God

O Most Holy Lady Virgin Theotokos, do Thou save and preserve under Thy protection my children (names), all youths and infants, baptized and unnamed, and those in their mother’s wombs. Cover them with Thy maternal garment, preserve them in the fear of God and in obedience to their parents. Entreat my Lord and Thy Son that He may give them that which is profitable for their salvation. I entrust them to Thy maternal care, for Thou art a Divine protection for Thy servants.

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

O Holy Angel, Guardian of my children (names), keep under Thy protection my children (names) from demonic arrows, and from the eyes of the seducer, and preserve their hearts in angelic purity. Amen, amen, amen.

Prayer for Children
Who Have Difficulty Learning

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, who didst dwell in the hearts of the Twelve Apostles, and Who, by the power of grace of Thine All Holy Spirit, didst descend in the form of fiery tongues and didst open their lips so that they began to speak in other tongues. This same Lord Jesus Christ our God: Do Thou send down Thy Holy Spirit on Thy child (name), and plant in his (her) heart the Holy Scriptures which Thou, by Thy most pure hand, didst inscribe on tablets and give to the Lawgiver Moses, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer for Unborn Infants

Remember, O Lord, Lover of Mankind the souls of Thy departed servants, infants who died accidentally in the wombs of Orthodox mothers from unknown cause, either from difficult birth, or from some carelessness and who therefore did not receive the Mister of Holy Baptism. Baptize them, O Lord, in the sea of Thy compassions, and save them by Thine inexpressible grace. Amen.

Most Holy Mother Of God, Save Us!

 

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Akathist to the Mother of God, Healer of Cancer

(This icon, called the Queen of All, is located in Moscow, and has had many healing of cancer for those who have prayed in front of it. The Akathist below was written to this icon asking the Mother of God to heal cancer. Used from site: http://saintjohnwonderworker.org)

If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

https://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/

Kontakion 1

We Thy faithful servants, standing with compunction before Thy newly revealed Icon, do praise Thee with songs, O Queen of All. Send down Thy healing upon Thy servants who now run to Thee, that we may all joyfully cry to Thee: Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Ikos 1:

An archangel came down from heaven and said to the Queen of All: Rejoice! And beholding Thee, O Lord, taking bodily form, with a God-heralding voice, he cried out to her such things as these:

Rejoice, Beginning of our salvation.

Rejoice, Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation. Rejoice, for through Thee God took flesh. Rejoice, for in ‘thee the Invisible was made manifest.

Rejoice, Thou who didst receive within Thyself a Mercy of peace.

Rejoice, Thou who didst weave the fleshly garment of the Word.

Rejoice, Glory raised on high, beyond the grasp of mind.

Rejoice, Heavenly Manna, restoring hearts to life.

Rejoice, radiant Star of grace.

Rejoice, Fountain, pouring forth living waters. Rejoice, Mother of God, blessed among women. Rejoice, Incorrupt Virgin, who gavest birth to the Saviour.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 2:

The unoriginate Word became a little Child through Thee, O Virgin, granting healing to all who honor Thee and who praise His ineffable Nativity in song: Alleluia.

Ikos 2:

Seeking to know the unknowable, the Virgin cried to the ministering angel: reveal to me, how I, as a pure Maiden, shall be the Mother of the Most High. Then Gabriel spoke to her in fear, crying such things as these:

Rejoice, Chosen One of the Most-high Counsel. Rejoice, Quick Hearer of those praying to Thee. Rejoice, Treasury of the peace of Christ.

Rejoice, Hope and Strength of Thy people. Rejoice, wondrous Destroyer of the curse of cancer.

Rejoice, Healer of other infirmities.

Rejoice, only Defense for the world.

Rejoice, sure Deliverance from sorrows.

Rejoice, Thou who dost ever assuage weeping and tears.

Rejoice, Thou who openest the gates of salvation to all.

Rejoice, Scepter and Might of those who dwell on the Holy Mountain.

Rejoice, Staff of monks and laity.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

 

Kontakion 3:

The power of the Most High overshadowed Thee, O Maiden, and ineffably took flesh, showing Thee to be a sweet meadow for all who wish to reap salvation as they sing: Alleluia.

Ikos 3:

Thy holy Icon, “Queen of All,” was wondrously glorified, O Mother of God, when healing began to flow forth from Thine image. Thou grantest healing to those who sing before it with faith, that- such songs as these may be multiplied:

Rejoice, Mother of the never-setting Light. Rejoice, Victory of those who endure to the end.

Rejoice, true Physician in sickness and affliction.

Rejoice, inviolable Wall for orphans and widows. Rejoice, Opener of the doors of Paradise.

Rejoice, Defender of those who labor and are heavy laden.

Rejoice, Intercessor for the salvation of the faithful.

Rejoice, Mediatress for the Christian race. Rejoice, heavenly Ladder ascending from earth to Heaven.

Rejoice, Living Water, washing away mortal sins. Rejoice, Ewe Lamb, preserving the hearts of the guileless.

Rejoice, Protecting Veil sheltering the children of the Church.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 4:

Giving life to the world, the Master of all dwelt in Thy womb, though Thou hadst not known man. Having shown Thee to be the Mother of the faithful, He taught them to cry out: Alleluia.

Ikos 4:

Most glorious things have come to pass concerning Thee, O City of God, through the healing pouring forth from Thy holy Icon; and receiving refreshing streams of healing, we cry with thanksgiving, O Queen of All:

Rejoice, Herb of healing, relieving pains.

Rejoice, Coolness, refreshing feverish ailments.

Rejoice, Flame, burning the curse of cancer.

Rejoice, Thou who dost raise from their beds those abandoned by doctors.

Rejoice, Thou who revealest Thy most-pure face to Thy chosen ones.

Rejoice, Release from the fetters of sin.

Rejoice, for through Thee deliverance from death has been granted.

Rejoice, for through Thee countless multitudes of the faithful have been justified.

Rejoice, Height unattained by human thoughts.

Rejoice, Depth experienced by the Word alone.

Rejoice, One prophesied by patriarchs of old.

Rejoice, Guide of hierarchs who pray to Thee. Rejoice, O Queen of All, who Jost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 5:

Thou hast been shown, O Maiden, to be the most-pure Temple of the Saviour. We fall down before Thee, O Pure One, asking Thee to make us also temples of the Godhead, as we cry out: Alleluia.

Ikos 5:

The ranks of angels–having seen in Thy hands Him Who with His hands made man, and knowing Thee to be the only Sovereign Lady though ‘thou didst call Thyself a servant–endeavor to serve Thee, O blessed One, with songs such as these:

Rejoice, Thou whom God placed higher than the heavenly hosts.

Rejoice, Thou who fillest the world with miraculous healings.

Rejoice, Thou who dost hear praise and glory from the heavens.

Rejoice, Receiver of thanksgiving from the earth.

Rejoice, Thou who lost consume the seeds of corruption in our hearts.

Rejoice, zealous Vanquisher of the snares of the devil.

Rejoice, Thou who hast filled the vale of weeping with joy.

Rejoice, Thou who dost transform sorrows into heavenly swRejoice, Thou whom God placed higher than the heavenly hosts.

Rejoice, Thou who fillest the world with miraculous healings.

Rejoice, Thou who dost hear praise and glory from the heavens.

Rejoice, Receiver of thanksgiving from the earth.

Rejoice, Thou who lost consume the seeds of

eetness.

Rejoice, Fragrance acceptable to God.

Rejoice, exceeding Gladness of repentant sinners. Rejoice, Armor of truth against temptation. Rejoice, Shield of protection from enmity and destruction.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 6:

The preachers of God’s Word, the Saviour’s disciples, appeared miraculously before Thee, O Virgin, when Thou didst ascend from earth to Heaven, that with one heart and mouth they might sing to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 6:

Wondrous grace shone from Thine Icon, O Queen of All, when the youth, darkened by satanic teachings, fell motionless before it. Freed beyond hope from the bonds of darkness, with fear and joy he cried to Thee thus:

Rejoice, Correction of a dishonorable life. Rejoice, Consolation of those grievously tormented.

Rejoice, Expeller of demonic hordes from the Church.

Rejoice, Disperser of the gloomy cloud of sin.

Rejoice, Abolition of invisible snares.

Rejoice, all-powerful Conqueror of demonic charms.

Rejoice, lamp, guiding those led astray.

Rejoice, Cloud, protecting the innocent from evil.

Rejoice, Mountain, nourishing us with heavenly manna.

Rejoice, Valley, saturating us with the humility of Christ.

Rejoice, Precious Gem of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Rejoice, Reflection of the eternal light.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who lost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 7:

Desiring to give “thyself as food for the faithful Thou didst will to be incarnate of the Virgin, that receiving Thy Most-pure Body and Thy Blood they might know Thee, the Perfect God; therefore, marveling at this ineffable wisdom, we cry: Alleluia.

Ikos 7:

The Creator revealed a new Mystery when He celebrated with His disciples His Mystical Supper. And we, who pray to the Queen of All to make us worthy of the divine and Holy Gifts, sing to Her such things as these:

Rejoice, Giver of the Heavenly Bread.

Rejoice, Bearer of the Eternal Life.

Rejoice, Chalice, partaking of Christ.

Rejoice, Thou who dost unite soul and body with God.

Rejoice, golden Spoon, filled with the Divine Mysteries.

Rejoice, precious Ark, containing the great and Holy Gifts.

Rejoice, Directress, pointing us to the Holy Eucharist.

Rejoice, Holy Table, offering us Holy Food.

Rejoice, ‘I’hou who dust place worthy communicants on Thy right hand.

Rejoice, Thou who dust rescue ardent defenders of the Divine Liturgy from Hades.

Rejoice, Guide of the dead to the fountain of immortality.

Rejoice, Shelter of peace and strength for Thy children.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who lost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion  8:

Having beheld a strange Nativity, and having laid aside all earthly cares, let us lift up our hearts. For this reason the Most High appeared, to draw to Himself those who call out: Alleluia.

Ikos 8:

Ever existing in the bosom of the Father, the uncircumscribable Word became flesh on earth. Our Great God glorified the Virgin and regarded the lowliness of His Handmaiden, who now hears such things as these:

Rejoice, Container of the uncontainable God.

Rejoice, Thou who revealest to the world the Creator above the world.

Rejoice, Shatterer of the power of death.

Rejoice, Healer of Adam’s wound.

Rejoice, Healing poultice, curing spiritual wounds.

Rejoice, Holy Oil, anointing bodily sores.

Rejoice, Thou who dost assauge the pains of those giving birth.

Rejoice, Relief of the torments of the dying. Rejoice, Cause of the defeat of Hades.

Rejoice, Deadener of the sting of death.

Rejoice, Hope of the general resurrection. Rejoice, undoubted Salvation of the Orthodox. Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 9:

All angelic and human nature was amazed at the greatness of Thine incomprehensible Incarnation, O Word. Gazing with wonder before this great mystery of piety, with fear and trembling we thankfully cry out to Thee: Alleluia.

Ikos 9:

Afflicted by many illnesses, we receive healing without measure from Thy holy Icon, O Queen of All, that having received grace by faith, with a mighty voice we may cry out to Thee:

Rejoice, constant Preserver of healthy children.

Rejoice, Bearer of health to the sick.

Rejoice, Healing of ailing children.

Rejoice, Mother of suffering youths.

Rejoice, Thou who dost raise up those cast down upon the bed of sickness.

Rejoice, Comfort of those held by the fear of death.

Rejoice, Thou who dust heed men’s weeping. Rejoice, Thou who dost regard our moaning. Rejoice, Suffuser of earthly pains with heavenly joy.

Rejoice, supernatural Patience of the tempest tossed.

Rejoice, Thou who preparest joy for those who weep.

Rejoice, Thou who provident the meek with wings of prayer.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 10:

Desiring to save human nature, corrupted by sin, the Creator descended upon Thee as dew upon the fleece, and made Thee to be a burning bush. Being God, He became man, that we might sing to Him: Alleluia.

Ikos 10:

A bulwark art Thou to virgins, O Pure Maiden, and to all who struggle for purity. God dwelt in Thee, thus cleansing His rational creatures, that having been delivered from all impurity, we may offer these songs to Thee:

Rejoice, Converser with seekers of silence. Rejoice, Crown of those who preserve virginity.

Rejoice, Beginning and End of spiritual perfection.

Rejoice, Repository of the Divine Revelation.

Rejoice, Initiate of the Counsel of the ‘trinity.

Rejoice, Cause of the salvation of men.

Rejoice, Summit, unapproachable to proud minds.

Rejoice, Refuge, open to humble hearts.

Rejoice, O Pure One, purer than the heavens.

Rejoice, Thou who art more honorable than the cherubim and the seraphim.

Rejoice, O Joyful One, for thou didst receive rejoicing from the archangel.

Rejoice, O Consoled One, for thou didst touch with Thy hands the risen Christ.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 11:

Though striving to bring a rational song to the Saviour, we remain unworthy, O Sovereign lady, vet we are still Thy servants; for who can worthily hymn God, whose name is as out-poured myrrh; therefore we cry to Him: Alleluia.

Ikos 11:

As the great Light—the Orient from on high, Thy Son and God—shone on those sitting in darkness, do Thou visit us, O Virgin. Thou hast become a candle on a candlestand, a light-bearing child of the Church, teaching us to offer to Thee such things as these:

Rejoice, Dawn of the noetic Sun.

Rejoice, Container of the Divine Fire.

Rejoice, Light, Who didst weave the clothing of the saints.

Rejoice, Torch, driving away demonic darkness.

Rejoice, Enlightenment of unreceptive minds. Rejoice, Light of sinful hearts.

Rejoice, Right Hand, drawing us from a sea of vanities.

Rejoice, Ray of light, guiding to the Kingdom those being saved.

Rejoice, Lightening, startling the unrepentant. Rejoice, Thunder, frightening the destroyers.

Rejoice, Brightening of evil consciences.

Rejoice, Propitiation at the judgment of God.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 12:

Desiring to give us grace, the Giver of the Old Testament bestowed upon us the New; then, having received grace—not through works of the law, but by the true Faith—and having found salvation, we all cry: Alleluia.

Ikos 12:

We hymn Thy Nativity, as of old Israel ex-tolled with cymbals the tabernacle of the law, which was but a foreshadowing of Thee, the true Tabernacle, whom we now glorify with virtues, that thou mightest hear from all such things as these:

Rejoice, Song sung on high.

Rejoice, Psalm heard below.

Rejoice, worthy Servant of the One God.

Rejoice, Pleaser of the Divine Trinity by Thy humility.

Rejoice, Thou who didst carry within Thyself Him who holds the ages.

Rejoice, Throne of Him who holds the universe in His hands.

Rejoice, ineffable Mystery of all ages and times. Rejoice, firm I lope of all peoples and nations. Rejoice, heartfelt Rejoicing of reverent priests. Rejoice, swift Hearer of prayers—both in churches and in cells.

Rejoice, Vessel of Mercy chosen by God.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace.

Kontakion 13:

O Mother, Queen of all, who didst bear the Word, Who is Holiest of all the saints, having received our present song, heal us from all deathly illnesses and deliver from the judgment to come those who cry: Alleluia.

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and then Kontakion 1)

Troparion Tone 4

Do Thou, O Sovereign lady, by Thy joy-bestowing honorable Icon “Queen of All,” save those who with fervent desire implore Thy grace; deliver from afflictions those who run to Thee; from all dangers do Thou guard Thy flock, who ever call upon Thine intercession.


Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Cup

InexhaustibleCup

If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

https://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/

Kontakion 1:

A wonderful and marvellous healing has been given to us by your holy icon, O sovereign Lady Theotokos. By its appearance we have been delivered from spiritual and physical ills, and from sorrowful circumstances. So we bring you our thankful praise, O all-merciful Protectress. O sovereign Lady, whom we call “The Inexhaustible Cup:” bend down your ear and mercifully hear our lamentation and tears that we bring to you, and give your healing to those who suffer from drunkenness, so that we may cry out to you with faith:

Rejoice, O Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Ikos 1:

Angelic powers and multitudes of saints continually glorify you, the Theotokos, Queen of all, the intercessor for us sinful christians wallowing in lawlessness and remaining in sins. It is for our consolation and salvation that you in your mercy gave us your miraculous icon, so that looking upon it, as at the one and only star among a multitude of stars on a starlit night, we may prostrate ourselves, shouting from the very depths of our heart:

Rejoice, dwelling-place of the unapproachable God.

Rejoice, our constant wonder.

Rejoice, you make our sorrow wipe away our sins.

Rejoice, you make our grief heal our ills.

Rejoice, through your miraculous icon, you bring us your heavenly mercy.

Rejoice, O joy of our grieving heart.

Rejoice, our wonderful reconciliation with God.

Rejoice, O Theotokos, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 2:

On seeing the deep sorrow and grief of people possessed by the destructive vice of drunkenness, and also their true repentance, you have willed, O most holy Lady, to show your mercy to the blessed city of Serpoukhov by the appearance of your miraculous icon “The Inexhaustible Cup,” so that all who fall down before it with faith and a contrite heart will receive healing from this grievous illness, and thus may cry to God from the depths of their heart: Alleluia!

Ikos 2:

Having understood the meaning of the threefold apparition of St Varlaam, and his order to go to the city of Serpoukhov, the man possessed by the illness of alcoholism did so, and there, in a monastery he found your holy icon called “The Inexhaustible Cup.” On seeing such mercy bestowed on us sinners, we cry out to you with veneration:

Rejoice, through pious people you show to us sinners the glory of your marvellous work.

Rejoice, sagacious guide, showing us the way of salvation.

Rejoice, O good teacher, by your goodness you attract us to yourself.

Rejoice, by bestowing on us your great blessings you teach us gratefulness.

Rejoice, by making us know hope beyond doubt you give us gladness of heart.

Rejoice, you destroy our destructive passions.

Rejoice, you help us in our good intentions.

Rejoice, O Theotokos, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 3:

The power of the Almighty and the grace of the sovereign Mother of God strengthened a man suffering from alcoholism, when in obedience to an order of the Theotokos, given to him by St Varlaam, he set out for the city of Serpoukhov, in spite of his paralysed legs. On his arrival, he found the icon of the most pure Theotokos, and was healed from illness of the soul and that of the body. Therefore, from the very depth of his heart, he gratefully exclaimed to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 3:

You are an inexhaustible fountain, a cup of heavenly gifts that ever ever remains full. And the people of the city of Serpoukhov, as well as all orthodox, from every city and village, who come to your most wonderful icon, “The Inexhaustible Cup”, are healed. And so with grateful lips they cry out to you:

Rejoice, O vessel of holy water that dissolves our sorrow.

Rejoice, O cup by which we receive the joy of our salvation.

Rejoice, you attend to our spiritual and physical ills.

Rejoice, your prayers tame our passions.

Rejoice, you give to each according to his needs.

Rejoice, you give generously to all.

Rejoice, you have opened for us the treasury of mercy.

Rejoice, you show mercy to the fallen one.

Rejoice, O sovereign lady, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 4:

People laden with passions and addictions, doubting of ever finding deliverance, come with repentance to your inexpressible mercy. And on having been healed, from the very depths of their hearts they cry to our Saviour born of you:  Alleluia!

Ikos 4:

On seeing the sorrow and tears of parents, wives and children whose family member is possessed by the passion of addiction, the Lord gave us your icon, O Theotokos, and all who come to it receive consolation and spiritual joy. And so we cry out to you with tears of gratitude:

Rejoice, O lamb, you gave birth to the Lamb of God.

Rejoice, you are the ladle that draws up joy from the source of immortality.

Rejoice, you are the alleviation of the grief of sorrowing mothers.

Rejoice, you are the hope of the hopeless.

Rejoice, you gracefully protect those who come to you.

Rejoice, you are the delight and joy of those in grief.

Rejoice, your helping hand is there for those who seek it.

Rejoice, O Theotokos, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 5:

O most gracious Lady, you have shown us your holy icon to be the star that leads to God, so that looking upon it and praying to you, we may say: O Theotokos, give healing to those who are suffering from drunkenness and any other illness of mind and body, and teach us all to praise God, singing:  Alleluia!

Ikos 5:

O Theotokos, on seeing the marvels and wonders granted to those who humbly venerate you, wonders pouring from your icon that miraculously appeared in Serpoukhov, and also from those that were but copies of it, we cry out to you:

Rejoice, you are a speedy protectress of all who come to you.

Rejoice, you hear our prayers.

Rejoice, you have blessed the city of Serpoukhov.

Rejoice, you have shown the glory of your miracles in the region of Moscow.

Rejoice, inexhaustible Treasure for all who are in need of healing.

Rejoice, O almighty help to those who strive for sobriety.

Rejoice, O almighty help to those who fight against the world, flesh, Satan and addictions.

Rejoice, you defend those who lead a good life in this world.

Rejoice, O sovereign Lady, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 6:

O Theotokos, we proclaim your wonders that pour forth from your icon, “The Inexhaustible Cup,” and with tears we pray to you: Save us all from the passion of drunkenness and from other addictions and sins, and teach us, O Pure One, to abstain from all impurity, and to sing to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 7:

In the light of the Divine Glory, you look at your Son, the eternal God and Lord Jesus Christ, standing in the chalice as shown on your icon mysteriously called “The Inexhaustible Cup;” and you give from it deliverance from drunkenness to us who come unto you and bring to you this unceasing praise:

Rejoice, for the angelic powers and the human race rejoice because you.

Rejoice, for your glory surpasses both human and heavenly praise.

Rejoice, you have revealed to us the mystery of the Divine Eucharist by showing the image oyour Son in the chalice.

Rejoice, you show us the Lamb born of you who is always eaten but never consumed.

Rejoice, O cup of life and immortality that leads us to the gates of eternal life.

Rejoice, you fill our thirsty souls with the water from the fountain of immortality.

Rejoice, you do not withhold your blessing even from the most rejected and despised.

Rejoice, by your compassion you pull us away from the pit of perdition.

Rejoice, O Theotokos, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 7:

A man wanted to thank you, O Theotokos, for healing from alcoholism, so he adorned your miraculous icon that is in Serpoukhov, singing to God from the depths of his heart:  Alleluia!

Ikos 7:

We see a new miracle from your holy icon, O Theotokos. A servant of God, Stephen, a victim of the disease of alcoholism, was imploring your maternal intercession, and he has been granted a cure. So in gratitude he adorned your icon with rich gifts, and falling before it he called to you with tears:

Rejoice, life-giving fountain of healing.

Rejoice, heavenly cup of divine gifts.

Rejoice, river that carries healing.

Rejoice, the sea into which sink all our passions.

Rejoice, with your tender maternal hands you raise up those who fall under the weight of drunkenness.

Rejoice, you do not turn down gifts of gratitude.

Rejoice, joy of pious people.

Rejoice, you grant us those of our petitions that are good for us.

Rejoice, O sovereign Lady, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 8:

It must be strange and incredible to unbelievers to hear that your icon “The Inexhaustible Cup” procures miracles. But to us who believe in your words proclaimed about your first icon, “The Grace of the One who is born of me and my own blessings will always be with this icon,” this present icon also exudes your mercy. And so, reverently we venerate it, crying to God:  Alleluia!

Ikos 8:

People suffering from alcoholism and addictions do put all their hope in you, O sovereign Lady. Bend down to our ills and our passions. For who but you, O Theotokos, shall raise us out of the pit of perdition and of physical and spiritual misery? And thus having bent our knees, we cry out to you:

Rejoice, you do not reject the prayers of those who are sinful.

Rejoice, you give your help to those who ask for it.

Rejoice, you show the depth of your compassion for the sinner.

Rejoice, you give courage to those who have lost all hope.

Rejoice, you extend your helping hand to those who suffer from drunkenness.

Rejoice, by your gift of grace you console those who suffer patiently.

Rejoice, you nurse our physical and emotional ills.

Rejoice, you teach us to despise the empty pleasures of this life.

Rejoice, O sovereign Lady, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 9:

All the angels are amazed at your mercy, O Lord, for You have given to sinful mankind a strong protectress and helper. She looks down at our weakness, and heals those suffering from the bitter disease of drunkenness, and teaches the faithful to sing:  Alleluia!

Ikos 9:

The most exalted human mind cannot praise enough the appearance of your glorious icon, O sovereign Lady. Nor can we sinners bring from our sinful lips a glorification worthy of our Protectress. On having seen innumerable miracles coming from your icon, we rejoice in our heart and spirit, and proclaim:

Rejoice, from your holy face miracles pour forth.

Rejoice, you speedily deliver us from grief and sorrow.

Rejoice, you put to shame those who deny you.

Rejoice, you protect from every evil those who come to you.

Rejoice, by your gentle radiance you disperse the darkness of our passions and our sins.

Rejoice, you fill our hearts with love for your Son and for yourself.

Rejoice, you show us the path of repentance.

Rejoice, you are our mediator before the righteous judge.

Rejoice, O Theotokos, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 10:

Wishing to save all those who suffer from the diseases of alcoholism and other addictions, you have given us your wonderful icon, O Theotokos, so that all who suffer may come to your miraculous image; and having been healed, may tenderly cry out to God:  Alleluia!

 

Ikos 10:

You are the wall and the shield, O Lady Theotokos, for those who suffer from drunkenness, and also for all those who come to you fervently and who piously venerate your holy icon; for the Lord God gave it to us to help us, and to heal us from this destructive addiction. And thus He inspires us to sing to you:

Rejoice, you alleviate our sufferings and give hope to those who despair.

Rejoice, you are the healing of our ills.

Rejoice, with your purity you wipe away our corruption.

Rejoice, by your holiness you illumine our darkness.

Rejoice, by your cloak of compassion you clothe our mortal body.

Rejoice, by your strength you fortify our prayers.

Rejoice, you strengthen us in our weakness.

Rejoice, you disperse the dark clouds of passions that surround us.

Rejoice, O sovereign Lady, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 11:

O pure one, do not despise our humble singing that we bring to you from fullness of love and zeal; and do not turn away your face from those who suffer from drunkenness and despair, but do help us, so that we also may be cleansed from every impurity and may rightly and justly sing to God:  Alleluia!

Ikos 11:

O most holy Lady! On your icon you are seen like a burning candle in rays of grace, surrounded by the assembly of saints and holy martyrs. And as you indicate to us the path of righteousness, we call to you and say:

Rejoice, by the intercession of St. Domnica you save us from this world of trouble.

Rejoice, by her pleading you help us to overcome passions of the flesh.

Rejoice, by the prayers of the holy martyr Varlaam, you fill our hearts with pious thoughts.

Rejoice, by his pleading you illumine our conscience.

Rejoice, by the prayers of the holy martyr Paraskeva you deliver those who suffer from drunkenness.

Rejoice, by her intercession you call us to repentance and watchfulness.

Rejoice, together with the holy martyr Antipas you mellow the bitter heart.

Rejoice, with him you save those who call on your name.

Rejoice, O sovereign Lady, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 12:

The grace that shines through your icon “The Inexhaustible Cup” calls to it all those who suffer, all the unfortunate, widows and orphans, and especially those who are ill with the disease of alcoholism. And no one goes away empty-handed from your inexhaustible cup, O merciful one, but all are filled with divine gifts; so that having received healing and help, they may sing to you:  Alleluia!

Ikos 12:

Praising your wondrous work and great mercy that you show to those who suffer from addictions, we beg you, O compassionate one – save, have mercy on us, show us the right path, and do not reject us who seek your protection and call out to you:

Rejoice, you sustain us on the way to soberness.

Rejoice, by the dew of your mercy you deliver us from the passion of alcohol.

Rejoice, by your mercy you heal us from addictions.

Rejoice, you are a speedy help to those who suffer from all kinds of dependence.

Rejoice, you support those who are even-tempered.

Rejoice, you humble the prideful.

Rejoice, you exalt the humble and wish salvation to all.

Rejoice, O holy Theotokos, the Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst.

Kontakion 13:

O all-merciful Mother of our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, hear our prayer, and deliver us from all ills, physical and emotional, and especially your servants who suffer from this disease, so that they may not perish, but might be saved and thus would sing to God:  Alleluia!

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and then Kontakion 1)

First Prayer

O our merciful and holy Lady Theotokos, hope and refuge of the orphan, defense of the stranger, help of those in need, and protection of those who are bitter: You see our misfortune, you see our sorrow. From all sides we are assailed by temptations, and there is no one to protect us. You, yourself, help us, for we are weak. Feed us, for we are strangers. Show us the way, for we are lost. Heal us, for we hurt. Save us, for there is no hope for us. We have no other recourse, neither protection nor consolation, but you, O Mother of all who suffer and are burdened. Look down on us sinners, who are harsh and bitter, and protect us by your holy omophor, that we may be delivered from all evil that assails us, and especially from drunkenness, so that we may always glorify your all-holy name.  Amen.

Second Prayer

O all-merciful sovereign Lady, we come to your protection. Do not despise our petitions, but kindly hear us – wives, children, husbands, parents, and all those who suffer from heavy affliction of addictions of all sorts; and restore those who, because of it, fall away from our holy Mother the Church and its salvation. O merciful Theotokos, touch their heart and speedily restore them from their fallen state, and lead them to salutary repentance. Implore your Son, Christ our God, to forgive us our trespasses, and not to turn away His mercies from His people, but that He would strengthen us in sobriety and chastity.

Accept, O all-holy Theotokos, the petitions of mothers shedding tears about their children, wives sobbing for their husbands, children, orphans, beggars, and all those who were forsaken, and us all who venerate your icon. And let your prayers carry our petitions to the throne of the Almighty.

Cover us, and keep us from all snares of the enemy, and the traps of the evil one, and at the dreadful hour of our death, help us to pass the ordeal without stumbling. By your prayers, save us from eternal condemnation, so that God’s mercy may cover us for the ages to come.  Amen.


Akathist to our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos

Theotokos

If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

https://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/

Kontakion 1:

Eighth Tone: To Thee, the Champion Leader, we Thy servants dedicate a feast of victory and of thanksgiving as ones rescued out of sufferings, O Theotokos: but as Thou art one with might which is invincible, from all dangers that can be do Thou deliver us, that we may cry to Thee: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! (Thrice)

Ikos 1:

An archangel was sent from heaven to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! And beholding Thee, O Lord, taking bodily form, he was amazed and with his bodiless voice he stood crying to her such things as these:

Rejoice, Thou through whom joy will shine forth:

Rejoice, Thou through whom the curse will cease!

Rejoice, recall of fallen Adam:

Rejoice, redemption of the tears of Eve!

Rejoice, height inaccessible to human thoughts:

Rejoice, depth undiscernible even for the eyes of angels!

Rejoice, for Thou art the throne of the King:

Rejoice, for Thou bearest Him Who beareth all!

Rejoice, star that causest the Sun to appear:

Rejoice, womb of the Divine Incarnation!

Rejoice, Thou through whom creation is renewed:

Rejoice, Thou through whom we worship the Creator!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 2:

Seeing herself to be chaste, the holy one said boldly to Gabriel: The marvel of thy speech is difficult for my soul to accept. How canst thou speak of a birth from a seedless conception? And She cried: Alleluia!

Ikos 2:

Seeking to know knowledge that cannot be known, the Virgin cried to the ministering one: Tell me, how can a son be born from a chaste womb? Then he spake to Her in fear, only crying aloud thus:

Rejoice, initiate of God’s ineffable will:

Rejoice, assurance of those who pray in silence!

Rejoice, beginning of Christ’s miracles:

Rejoice, crown of His dogmas!

Rejoice, heavenly ladder by which God came down:

Rejoice, bridge that conveyest us from earth to Heaven!

Rejoice, wonder of angels sounded abroad:

Rejoice, wound of demons bewailed afar!

Rejoice, Thou Who ineffably gavest birth to the Light:

Rejoice, Thou Who didst reveal Thy secret to none!

Rejoice, Thou Who surpassest the knowledge of the wise:

Rejoice, Thou Who givest light to the minds of the faithful!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 3:

The power of the Most High then overshadowed the Virgin for conception, and showed Her fruitful womb as a sweet meadow to all who wish to reap salvation, as they sing: Alleluia!

Ikos 3:

Having received God into Her womb, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth whose unborn babe at once recognized Her embrace, rejoiced, and with leaps of joy as songs, cried to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, branch of an Unfading Sprout:

Rejoice, acquisition of Immortal Fruit!

Rejoice, labourer that labourest for the Lover of mankind:

Rejoice, Thou Who givest birth to the Planter of our life!

Rejoice, cornland yielding a rich crop of mercies:

Rejoice, table bearing a wealth of forgiveness!

Rejoice, Thou Who makest to bloom the garden of delight:

Rejoice, Thou Who preparest a haven for souls!

Rejoice, acceptable incense of intercession:

Rejoice, propitiation of all the world!

Rejoice, good will of God to mortals:

Rejoice, boldness of mortals before God!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 4:

Having within a tempest of doubting thoughts, the chaste Joseph was troubled. For knowing Thee to have no husband, he suspected a secret union, O blameless one. But having learned that Thy conception was of the Holy Spirit, he said: Alleluia!

Ikos 4:

While the angels were chanting, the shepherds heard of Christ’s coming in the flesh, and having run to the Shepherd, they beheld Him as a blameless Lamb that had been pastured in Mary’s womb, and singing to Her, they cried:

Rejoice, Mother of the Lamb and the Shepherd:

Rejoice, fold of rational sheep!

Rejoice, torment of invisible enemies:

Rejoice, opening of the gates of Paradise!

Rejoice, for the things of Heaven rejoice with the earth:

Rejoice, for the things of earth join chorus with the heavens!

Rejoice, never-silent mouth of the Apostles:

Rejoice, invincible courage of the passion-bearers!

Rejoice, firm support of faith:

Rejoice, radiant token of Grace!

Rejoice, Thou through whom hades was stripped bare:

Rejoice, Thou through whom we are clothed with glory!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 5:

Having sighted the divinely-moving star, the Magi followed its radiance; and holding it as a lamp, by it they sought a powerful King; and having reached the Unreachable One, they rejoiced, shouting to Him: Alleluia!

Ikos 5:

The sons of the Chaldees saw in the hands of the Virgin Him Who with His hand made man. And knowing Him to be the Master, even though He had taken the form of a servant, they hastened to serve Him with gifts, and to cry to Her Who is blessed:

Rejoice, Mother of the Unsetting Star:

Rejoice, dawn of the mystic day!

Rejoice, Thou Who didst extinguish the furnace of error:

Rejoice, Thou Who didst enlighten the initiates of the Trinity!

Rejoice, Thou Who didst banish from power the inhuman tyrant:

Rejoice, Thou Who didst show us Christ the Lord, the Lover of mankind!

Rejoice, Thou Who redeemest from pagan worship:

Rejoice, Thou Who dost drag us from the works of mire!

Rejoice, Thou Who didst quench the worship of fire:

Rejoice, Thou Who rescues from the flame of the passions!

Rejoice, guide of the faithful to chastity:

Rejoice, gladness of all generations!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 6:

Having become God-bearing heralds, the Magi returned to Babylon, having fulfilled Thy prophecy; and having preached Thee to all as the Christ, they left Herod as a babbler who knew not how to sing: Alleluia!

Ikos 6:

By shining in Egypt the light of truth, Thou didst dispel the darkness of falsehood; for its idols fell, O Saviour, unable to endure Thy strength; and those who were delivered from them cried to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, uplifting of men:

Rejoice, downfall of demons!

Rejoice, Thou who didst trample down the dominion of delusion:

Rejoice, Thou who didst unmask the fraud of idols!

Rejoice, sea that didst drown the Pharaoh of the mind:

Rejoice, rock that doth refresh those thirsting for life!

Rejoice, pillar of fire that guideth those in darkness:

Rejoice, shelter of the world broader than a cloud!

Rejoice, sustenance replacing manna:

Rejoice, minister of holy delight!

Rejoice, land of promise:

Rejoice, Thou from whom floweth milk and honey!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 7:

When Symeon was about to depart this age of delusion, Thou wast brought as a Babe to him, but Thou was recognized by him as perfect God also; wherefore, marveling at Thine ineffable wisdom, he cried: Alleluia!

Ikos 7:

The Creator showed us a new creation when He appeared to us who came from Him. For He sprang from a seedless womb, and kept it incorrupt as it was, that seeing the miracle we might sing to Her, crying out:

Rejoice, flower of incorruptibility:

Rejoice, crown of continence!

Rejoice, Thou from whom shineth the Archetype of the Resurrection:

Rejoice, Thou Who revealest the life of the angels!

Rejoice, tree of shining fruit, whereby the faithful are nourished:

Rejoice, tree of goodly shade by which many are sheltered!

Rejoice, Thou that has carried in Thy womb the Redeemer of captives:

Rejoice, Thou that gavest birth to the Guide of those astray!

Rejoice, supplication before the Righteous Judge:

Rejoice, forgiveness of many sins!

Rejoice, robe of boldness for the naked:

Rejoice, love that doth vanquish all desire!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 8:

Having beheld a strange nativity, let us estrange ourselves from the world and transport our minds to Heaven; for the Most High God appeared on earth as a lowly man, because He wished to draw to the heights them that cry to Him: Alleluia!

Ikos 8:

Wholly present was the Inexpressible Word among those here below, yet in no way absent from those on high; for this was a divine condescension and not a change of place, and His birth was from a God-receiving Virgin Who heard these things:

Rejoice, container of the Uncontainable God:

Rejoice, door of solemn mystery!

Rejoice, report doubtful to unbelievers:

Rejoice, undoubted boast of the faithful!

Rejoice, all-holy chariot of Him Who sitteth upon the Cherubim:

Rejoice, all-glorious temple of Him Who is above the Seraphim!

Rejoice, Thou Who hast united opposites:

Rejoice, Thou Who hast joined virginity and motherhood!

Rejoice, Thou through whom transgression hath been absolved:

Rejoice, Thou through whom Paradise is opened!

Rejoice, key to the kingdom of Christ:

Rejoice, hope of eternal good things!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 9:

All the angels were amazed at the great act of Thine incarnation; for they saw the Unapproachable God as a man approachable to all, abiding with us, and hearing from all: Alleluia!

Ikos 9:

We see most eloquent orators mute as fish before Thee, O Theotokos; for they are at a loss to tell how Thou remainest a Virgin and could bear a child. But we, marveling at this mystery, cry out faithfully:

Rejoice, receptacle of the Wisdom of God:

Rejoice, treasury of His Providence!

Rejoice, Thou Who showest philosophers to be fools:

Rejoice, Thou Who exposest the learned as irrational!

Rejoice, for the clever critics have become foolish:

Rejoice, for the writers of myths have faded away!

Rejoice, Thou Who didst rend the webs of the Athenians:

Rejoice, Thou Who didst fill the nets of the fishermen!

Rejoice, Thou Who drawest us from the depths of ignorance:

Rejoice, Thou Who enlightenest many with knowledge!

Rejoice, ship for those who wish to be saved:

Rejoice, harbor for sailors on the sea of life!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 10:

Desiring to save the world, He that is the Creator of all came to it according to His Own promise, and He that, as God, is the Shepherd, for our sake appeared unto us as a man; for like calling unto like, as God He heareth: Alleluia!

Ikos 10:

A bulwark art Thou to virgins, and to all that flee unto Thee, O Virgin Theotokos; for the Maker of Heaven and earth prepared Thee, O Most-pure one, dwelt in Thy womb, and taught all to call to Thee:

Rejoice, pillar of virginity:

Rejoice, gate of salvation!

Rejoice, leader of mental formation:

Rejoice, bestower of divine good!

Rejoice, for Thou didst renew those conceived in shame:

Rejoice, for Thou gavest wisdom to those robbed of their minds!

Rejoice, Thou Who didst foil the corrupter of minds:

Rejoice, Thou Who gavest birth to the Sower of purity!

Rejoice, bridechamber of a seedless marriage:

Rejoice, Thou Who dost wed the faithful to the Lord!

Rejoice, good nourisher of virgins:

Rejoice, adorner of holy souls as for marriage!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 11:

Every hymn is defeated that trieth to encompass the multitude of Thy many compassions; for if we offer to Thee, O Holy King, songs equal in number to the sand, nothing have we done worthy of that which Thou hast given us who shout to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 11:

We behold the holy Virgin, a shining lamp appearing to those in darkness; for, kindling the Immaterial Light, She guideth all to divine knowledge, She illumineth minds with radiance, and is honoured by our shouting these things:

Rejoice, ray of the noetic Sun:

Rejoice, radiance of the Unsetting Light!

Rejoice, lightning that enlightenest our souls:

Rejoice, thunder that terrifiest our enemies!

Rejoice, for Thou didst cause the refulgent Light to dawn:

Rejoice, for Thou didst cause the river of many streams to gush forth!

Rejoice, Thou Who paintest the image of the font:

Rejoice, Thou Who blottest out the stain of sin!

Rejoice, laver that washest the conscience clean:

Rejoice, cup that drawest up joy!

Rejoice, aroma of the sweet fragrance of Christ:

Rejoice, life of mystical gladness!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 12:

When the Absolver of all mankind desired to blot out ancient debts, of His Own will He came to dwell among those who had fallen from His Grace; and having torn up the handwriting of their sins, He heareth this from all: Alleluia!

Ikos 12:

While singing to Thine Offspring, we all praise Thee as a living temple, O Theotokos; for the Lord Who holdeth all things in His hand dwelt in Thy womb, and He sanctified and glorified Thee, and taught all to cry to Thee:

Rejoice, tabernacle of God the Word:

Rejoice, saint greater than the saints!

Rejoice, ark gilded by the Spirit:

Rejoice, inexhaustible treasury of life!

Rejoice, precious diadem of pious kings:

Rejoice, venerable boast of reverent priests!

Rejoice, unshakable fortress of the Church:

Rejoice, inviolable wall of the kingdom!

Rejoice, Thou through whom victories are obtained:

Rejoice, Thou through whom foes fall prostrate!

Rejoice, healing of my flesh:

Rejoice, salvation of my soul!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

Kontakion 13:

O all-praised Mother Who didst bear the Word, holiest of all the saints, accept now our offering, and deliver us from all misfortune, and rescue from the torment to come those that cry to Thee: Alleluia!

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and Kontakion 1)

 

Prayer to the Most Holy Lady Theotokos

O most holy Sovereign Lady Theotokos! Higher art thou than all the angels and archangels, and more honourable than all creation, a helper of the wronged art thou, the hope of the hopeless, an intercessor for the poor, the consolation of the sorrowful, a nourisher of the hungry, a robe for the naked, healing for the sick, the salvation of sinners, the help and protection of all Christians. O all-merciful Sovereign Lady Virgin Theotokos! Through thy mercy save and have mercy on the most holy Orthodox patriarchs, the most holy metropolitans, archbishops and bishops, and all the priestly and monastic orders, the military leaders, civic leaders, and Christ-loving armed forces, and well-wishers, and all Orthodox Christians do thou defend by thy precious omophorion, and entreat, O Lady, Christ our God Who was incarnate of thee without seed, that He gird us with His power from on high against our ene­mies, visible and invisible, O all-merciful Sovereign Lady Theotokos! Raise us up out of the depths of sin, and deliver us from famine, destruction, from earthquake and flood, from fire and the sword, from invasion of aliens and civil war, and from sudden death, and from noxious winds, and from death-bearing plagues, and from all evil. Grant, O Lady, peace and health to thy servants, all Orthodox Chris­tians, and enlighten their minds, and the eyes of their hearts unto salvation; and vouchsafe unto us, thy sinful servants, the kingdom of thy Son, Christ our God; for blessed and most-glorified is His dominion, together with His unoriginate Father, and His Most-Holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen


Akathist to the Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow

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If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

https://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/

Kontakion 1:

To Thee, the champion leader, do we Thy servants dedicate a hymn of victory and thanksgiving, as ones who have been delivered from eternal death by the Grace of Christ our God Who was born of Thee and by Thy maternal mediation before Him. As Thou dost have invincible might, free us from all misfortunes and sorrowful circumstances who cry aloud:


Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Ikos 1:

An archangel was sent from Heaven to declare unto the Theotokos: Rejoice, announcing the divine Incarnation of Christ, Who desired to be born of Her, the Joy of the whole world which was languishing in sorrow. Wherefore, heavy laden with sins, but having obtained the hope of salvation in Thee, we cry out to Thee with compunction: 


Rejoice, goodwill of God toward sinners!
Rejoice, strong help for those who repent before the Lord God!
Rejoice, restoration of fallen Adam!
Rejoice, redemption of the tears of Eve!
Rejoice, Thou that dost remove the stain of sin!
Rejoice, laver that dost wash the conscience clean!
Rejoice, Thou that didst bear the Redeemer Who freely cleanseth us of our transgressions!
Rejoice, all-wonderous reconciliation of all with God!
Rejoice, bridge that dost truly lead us from death to life!
Rejoice, Thou that savest the world from the flood of sin!
Rejoice, heavenly ladder by which the Lord descended to us!
Rejoice, cause of deification for all!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 2:

Beholding the streams of wonders which pour forth from Thy holy icon, O most blessed Mother of God, in that Thou art the good helper of them that pray, the support of the oppressed, the hope of the hopeless, the consolation of them that grieve, the nourisher of the hungry, the raiment of the naked, the chastity of virgins, the guide of strangers, the assistance of them that labor, the restoration of sight for the blind, the clear hearing of the deaf, and the healing of the sick, in Thee do we thankfully chant unto God: Alleluia!

Ikos 2:

Seeking to understand the incomprehensible reason for the bitter sorrows that assail us, in need of consolation we flee to Thee, O Mother and Virgin. And in that Thou art good, teach us to see in them the merciful providence of Thy good Son for the salvation of our souls and the cleansing of our many transgressions, that we may joyfully cry to Thee: 


Rejoice, calm haven of the tempest-tossed!
Rejoice, sure confirmation of them in doubt!
Rejoice, only mother of loving-kindness!
Rejoice, ready helper of them in misfortunes and temptations!
Rejoice, Thou that dost wash away the sorrows of our sins!
Rejoice, Thou that healest the grief of our spiritual infirmity!
Rejoice, Thou that dost teach us to disdain the vain joys of this world!
Rejoice, Thou that leadest our minds from the world to that which transcendeth it!
Rejoice, Thou that drawest us from the love of things earthly to the heavenly love of God!
Rejoice, Thou that grantest us consolation and a life of Grace amid our very sorrows!
Rejoice, pledge of eternal blessings!
Rejoice, mediatress of everlasting joy!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 3: 


With power from on high, do Thou strengthen me, who am afflicted in body and soul, O good Lady, and vouchsafe me Thy visitation and provident care, dispelling the gloom of despondency and sorrow which enfold me, that saved by Thee I may unceasingly cry out to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 3:

O Thou that hast an ineffable wealth of loving-kindness, that dost stretch forth the hand of Thine assistance unto all that sorrow, that curest infirmities and healest the passions: disdain not even me, O blessed Lady, as I lie upon the bed of mine affliction and cry unto Thee: 


Rejoice, priceless treasury of mercy!
Rejoice, sole hope of the despairing!
Rejoice, healing of my body!
Rejoice, salvation of my soul!
Rejoice, unfailing strength of the infirm!
Rejoice, aid and strengthening of the disabled!
Rejoice, Thou that quickly assuagest the wrath of God by Thy supplication!
Rejoice, Thou that dost tame our passions by the power of Thy prayers!
Rejoice, sight for the blind and hearing for the deaf!
Rejoice, feet for the lame, speech for the dumb!
Rejoice, visitation of good cheer for the sick!
Rejoice, for through Thee are Grace-filled healings granted to the infirm, according to the measure of their faith!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 4:

A tempest of many misfortunes and temptations doth beset me, and no longer can I endure its ragings. But as Thou art the merciful mother of my Savior and God, lift up Thy hands to Thy Son, beseeching Him to regard the bitter sorrow of my heart and to raise me up from the abyss of despair, who cry to Him: Alleluia!

Ikos 4:

O most holy Virgin and Mother, hearing the prophecy of the righteous Simeon: A sword shall pierce through Thine own soul, Thou didst keep all these sayings in Thy heart, understanding that the joy of a mother’s heart over her children can be accompanied with much grief in this world. Wherefore, as one tried in everything and able to commiserate with a mother’s sorrows, we cry to Thee: 


Rejoice, Thou that didst bear the Savior Christ, the Joy of the world!
Rejoice, Thou that deliverest the world from sorrows!
Rejoice, Thou that didst endure the blasphemies and slanders hurled at Thy Son!
Rejoice, Thou that didst suffer together with Him through His suffering!
Rejoice, consolation of the sorrows of mothers!
Rejoice, gracious preservation of their children!
Rejoice, speedy help amid misfortunes!
Rejoice, correction of the erring!
Rejoice, nourishment of infants!
Rejoice, guidance of the young!
Rejoice, mother of the orphaned!
Rejoice, help of widows!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 5:

Beholding the divinely-flowing blood of Thy Son poured forth upon the Cross of our salvation, as the handmaiden of the Lord Who didst humbly subject Thyself to the will of the Father Who is in the heavens, Thou didst give us an example of endurance and of patience, that amid the furnace of temptations and present misfortunes we may cry aloud to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 5:

Beholding Thee crucified with Him in Thy heart and standing with His beloved disciple by the Cross, Thy Son and God did say: Woman, behold Thy son, and to His disciple: Behold thy mother, thereby giving Thee as sons all that believe in Him. And having in Thee a good mother, placing all our hope in Thee amid our sorrow, as partakers of the sorrows and sufferings of Thy Son, we cry to Thee: 


Rejoice, mother of the Christian race!
Rejoice, Thou that didst adopt us at the Cross of Thy Son!
Rejoice, Thou that didst unite God with mankind!
Rejoice, Thou that didst join the faithful to the Lord!
Rejoice, ewe that didst bear the Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world!
Rejoice, cup that drawest joy for us from the Fountain of Immortality!
Rejoice, surety of the salvation of sinners!
Rejoice, search for the perishing!
Rejoice, unexpected joy of sinners!
Rejoice, raising up of all the fallen!
Rejoice, healer of all infirmities!
Rejoice, alleviation of every sorrow!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 6:

O Mother of God, all the ends of the earth proclaim Thy mercies, for by Thy sacred protection Thou dost shelter the whole Christian race for which Thou dost supplicate Christ our Savior and dost deliver from all misfortune Thy pious and God-fearing servants who faithfully cry out to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 6:

Beholding the radiant Grace which shineth forth from Thy most wondrous icon, O Mother of God, falling down before it with tears, we beseech Thee: disperse the clouds of temptations which have come upon us, that we may cry out to Thee with joy: 


Rejoice, Thou that bearest the supplications of the faithful unto Thy Son and God!
Rejoice, Thou that thyself dost pray for us at the throne of Thy Son!
Rejoice, intercessor before God that dost save the world from calamities!
Rejoice, help of the Christian race, given us by God!
Rejoice, tree of goodly shade, whereby many are sheltered!
Rejoice, tree bearing radiant fruit, whereby the faithful are nourished!
Rejoice, shelter of the world, more spacious than a cloud!
Rejoice, land of promise whence floweth milk and honey!
Rejoice, radiant cloud, unceasingly illuminating the faithful!
Rejoice, pillar of fire, guiding the elect to their heavenly inheritance!
Rejoice, field that yieldest an abundance of compassion!
Rejoice, bestower of every blessing!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 7:

Desiring to produce streams of wonders from Thine icon, “The Joy of All Who Sorrow,” Thou, O Lady, didst command the ailing Euphemia to have a moleben served before it, and having received healing, to proclaim to all the mercies bestowed through this icon, that the source of gracious healings be not hid from those in need. Wherefore, we hide not Thy good deeds, but thankfully glorifying God, we cry to Him: Alleluia!

Ikos 7:

Thy temple, in which we bow down before Thy wonder-working icon, is shown to be a new pool of Siloam, surpassing the one of old, O Most-pure Lady; for health of body is given not once a year and only to the first-come, but Thou dost always heal every ailment and every disease of soul and body of them that hasten to Thee with faith and love. Wherefore we cry to Thee: 


Rejoice, font wherein our sorrows are drowned!
Rejoice, cup whereby we partake of joy and salvation!
Rejoice, rock that givest drink to them that thirst for life!
Rejoice, tree that dost sweeten the salty waters of the sea of life!
Rejoice, inexhaustible fountain of life-giving waters!
Rejoice, laver that dost wash away the stain of sin!
Rejoice, sweetening of our sorrows!
Rejoice, assuagement of our sorrows!
Rejoice, healing of our afflictions!
Rejoice, deliverance from misfortune!
Rejoice, trampling down of demons!
Rejoice, humiliation of enemies!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 8:

Strangers and pilgrims are we upon this earth, in the words of the Apostle: enduring perils at the hands of enemies, perils at the hands of relatives, perils at the hands of false brethren, in much want and sorrow. And in that Thou art the good Directress, O Lady, do Thou grant us remission of our transgressions before the end, that we may unceasingly cry to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 8:

Our whole life on earth is painful and filled with grief because of false accusations, reproaches, insults, and various other misfortunes and temptations, for the flesh is weak and our spirit faileth. Therefore, to Thee do we flee, O Mother of God, falling down before Thine all-pure icon. Fill our sorrowful hearts with joy and gladness, that we my cry to Thee: 


Rejoice, guide that dost direct us to the heavenly fatherland!
Rejoice, queen of Heaven and earth Who dost open unto us the gates of Paradise!
Rejoice, merciful one that hast mercy upon us!
Rejoice, steward that orderest well our life!
Rejoice, fleece bedewed, which Gideon didst foresee!
Rejoice, blessed womb which didst contain the uncontainable God of all!
Rejoice, bush that burned and yet remained unconsumed!
Rejoice, unassailable wall!
Rejoice, life-giving fountain!
Rejoice, never-fading bloom!
Rejoice, softening of the hearts of the wicked!
Rejoice, compunction of the good!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 9:

Every sweetness of life in this world partaketh of sorrow: glory endureth not, wealth passeth, beauty and health fade away, and friends and neighbors are taken away by death. Wherefore, sweeten our sorrows, Thou cause of every good thing, bestowing Thine incorruptible joy upon us that cry out to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 9:

The most eloquent orators know not with what words to console the sorrowful; but do Thou Thyself, O Lady, speak consolation to our hearts, dispersing the cloud of our sorrow and the gloom of despair with the rays of Thy Grace, that we may cry out to Thee: 


Rejoice, Thou that hast made glad all Christians that have confidence in Thee!
Rejoice, joy and tranquility of the world!
Rejoice, bestower of divine goodness!
Rejoice, hope of eternal blessings!
Rejoice, ship of them that wish to be saved!
Rejoice, harbor for the voyages of life!
Rejoice, faithful preserver of them that, after God, do trust in Thee!
Rejoice, vesture of them that are stripped of boldness!
Rejoice, preserver and confirmation for all!
Rejoice, fortification and sacred refuge of all the faithful!
Rejoice, help of them that faithfully pray to Thee!
Rejoice, radiant knowledge of Grace!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 10:

Desiring to save the human race from eternal torment and unending sorrow, the Lord Who loveth mankind dwelt in Thine ever-virgin womb, and gave Thee, His own mother, to the perishing as a help, protection, and defense, that Thou mightest be the consolation of the grieving, the rejoicing of the sorrowful, the hope of the despairing, releasing them from eternal torment by Thine intercession, and leading to heavenly gladness all that faithfully cry to Thy Son and our God: Alleluia!

Ikos 10:

Thou art the bulwark of virgins, O Virgin Theotokos, and of all that flee to Thy protection. Wherefore do we beseech Thee: help, protect, and preserve from temptations, afflictions, and misfortunes all the orphans and helpless ones who cry out to Thee with love: 


Rejoice, pillar of virginity!
Rejoice, chosen vessel of purity and chastity!
Rejoice, special crowning of them that by chastity make war upon the flesh!
Rejoice, bestower of eternal rejoicing upon them that mourn profitably in monasticism!
Rejoice, Thou that dost quench the flame of the passions!
Rejoice, Thou that dost dispel the darkness of temptations!
Rejoice, guide to chastity!
Rejoice, rampart of purity!
Rejoice, reformation of mankind!
Rejoice, Thou by whom we are raised up from the fall!
Rejoice, steadfast affirmation of the Faith!
Rejoice, pleasing incense of prayer!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 11:

We, Thy servants, offer Thee a hymn of compunction, O Theotokos, for Thou art the all-powerful helper of our race. Assuage the pains of those who flee to Thee; appease the wrath of God which hath been justly aroused against us because of our sins; deliver us from every bitter pain and sorrow, who cry through Thee to God:
Alleluia!

Ikos 11:

O Lady, Thy most honored icon, a light-bearing lamp lit by the ember of the Grace of God, hath appeared unto us for our sanctification and consolation. And we, honoring it with love and falling down before it with faith, cry out to Thee: 


Rejoice, Thou that by Thy mighty assistance dost deliver us from all calamities!
Rejoice, Thou that dost defend us from earthquake and flood!
Rejoice, Thou that dost provide for us against hunger of body and soul!
Rejoice, Thou that dost extinguish the fire by the dew of Thy prayers!
Rejoice, Thou that dost save us from deadly pestilence!
Rejoice, mighty helper in battles!
Rejoice, Thou that defendest us from the invasions of foreigners!
Rejoice, Thou that dost preserve us from civil strife!
Rejoice, easy passage of them that sail upon the water!
Rejoice, good guide of them that travel!
Rejoice, liberation of captives!
Rejoice, speedy deliverance from the righteous wrath of God that threateneth us!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 12:

Wishing to give a pledge of Grace to mankind, Thou didst reveal Thy healing icon to us, O Mother of God, from which streams of wonders are poured forth for them that approach with faith – infirmities are healed and sorrows assuaged. Wherefore do we cry in Thee to God: Alleluia!

Ikos 12:

Lauding Thy mercies and wonders, O Theotokos, we all praise Thee as our steadfast mediatress, and we bow down with compunction before Thee that prayest for us, and we implore: lift up Thy hands to Thy Son, that always in this life and after our death His mercy may continually be upon us that cry out to Thee: 


Rejoice, our unashamed hope in life and after our repose!
Rejoice, Thou that dost grant a peaceful end of this life to them that trust in Thee!
Rejoice, our hope and defense on the day of judgment!
Rejoice, supplication of the just Judge!
Rejoice, deliverance from everlasting Gehenna!
Rejoice, hope of eternal salvation!
Rejoice, key to the Kingdom of Christ!
Rejoice, portal of Paradise!
Rejoice, bridge leading to the heavens!
Rejoice, refuge and good intercessor for all repentant sinners!
Rejoice, joy of the angels!
Rejoice, glory and consolation of all the righteous!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!

Kontakion 13:

O all-hymned, divinely favored Mother, Thou that didst bear Christ the King, our God, to the joy of Heaven and earth: hearken unto the voice of Thy sorrowing servants and having received this our small supplication, deliver us from every affliction, sorrow, and temptation; heal our infirmities, destroy vicious slanders, drive far from us every evil and enemy, and deliver from future torment them that cry in Thee: Alleluia!

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and then Kontakion 1)

First Prayer


O Lady most holy and Theotokos, Thou that art more exalted than the Cherubim and more honorable than the Seraphim, O divinely-chosen Maiden, Joy of all who sorrow; grant consolation even unto us that are sunk in sorrow, for apart from Thee we have no refuge or assistance. Thou alone are the Mediatress of our joy and, in that Thou art the Mother of God and Mother of mercy, standing at the throne of the All-holy Trinity, Thou art able to help us, for none that doth flee to Thee departeth ashamed. Therefore, hearken now in the day of our sorrow unto us who fall down before Thine icon and supplicate Thee with tears: drive away from us the sorrows and griefs that assail us in this temporal life, and by Thine omnipotent intercession may we not be deprived of eternal and never-ending joy in the Kingdom of Thy Son and our God. Amen.

Second Prayer 


O my most blessed Queen, O Theotokos my hope, guardian of orphans and intercessor for strangers, Joy of the sorrowful, Protectress of the oppressed; Thou beholdest my misfortune, Thou seest my sorrow. Help me, for I am infirm; feed me, for I am a stranger. Thou knowest mine offense: do Thou loose it, as Thou dost will, for I have none other help but Thee, nor any other intercessor save Thee, O Mother of God. Do Thou preserve and protect me unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Third Prayer 


O most holy Virgin, Mother of the Lord of the hosts on high, Queen of Heaven and earth, almighty intercessor of our city and country: receive this hymn of praise and thanksgiving from us, Thine unworthy servants, and bear our prayers to the throne of God, Thy Son, that He may be merciful towards our unrighteousness and extend His Grace to them that honor Thine All-honorable name and bow down before Thy wonder-working icon with faith and love. For we are not worthy to be pitied by Him. Wherefore we flee to Thee as our undoubted and speedy intercessor: hearken Thou unto us that supplicate Thee. Overshadow us with Thine almighty protection, and request of God Thy Son: zeal and vigilance concerning souls for our pastors, wisdom and strength for civil authorities, justice and equity for judges; knowledge and humility for them that teach; love and concord between husbands and wives, obedience for children; patience for the oppressed; fear of God for the oppressors; strength of spirit for the sorrowful; moderation for the joyful; and for all of us: the spirit of understanding and piety, the spirit of mercy and meekness, the spirit of purity and righteousness. Yea, O most holy Lady, take pity on Thine afflicted people: gather the dispersed, guide to the right path them that are astray, support the aged, teach the young sober-mindedness, nourish the infants, and look down with the gaze of Thy merciful assistance upon us all. Raise us up from the abyss of sin and open the eyes of our hearts to the vision of salvation. Take pity on us here and now – both in the land of our earthly sojourn and at the dread judgment of Thy Son. Cause our fathers and brethren who have passed from this life in faith and repentance to abide in eternal life with the angels and all the saints, for Thou, O Lady, art the glory of them in Heaven and the hope of them upon the earth. After God Thou art our hope and the helper of all that flee to Thee with faith. Therefore, to Thee do we pray, and as to an all-powerful helper, to Thee do we commend ourselves and each other and all our life, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


Akathist for Holy Communion

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If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

https://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/

Kontakion 1:

Chosen Bridegroom of our hearts and souls, through Thine incarnation and death on the cross Thou hast betrothed all mankind to Thyself forever and hast given us as a pledge of eternal life Thy most pure Body and Blood. Lo! At Thy call, I though unworthy, dare to approach Thy divine Table, and struck by its majesty, I cry:


Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Ikos 1:

Thou didst send Thine Angel to the Prophet Isaiah with a live coal from the heavenly altar that his lips might be purified thereby, when, beholding Thee seated upon Thy throne, he was distressed over his impurity. And how shall I, who am defiled in body and soul, dare to approach to partake of Thy divine Mysteries for communion except Thou Thyself purify me from on high? Wherefore, I cry out to Thee from the depths of my soul:


Jesus most good, touch also mine impure lips with the fire of Thy grace.
Jesus, burn the thorns of my many transgressions.
Jesus, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.
Jesus, lead my poor soul out of the prison of the passions.
Jesus, destroy in me impure thoughts and evil lusts.
Jesus, guide my feeble steps to the path of Thy commandments.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 2:

Greatly desiring to eat a last Passover with Thy disciples before Thy Passion, that in the midst thereof Thou mightest give them the last and greatest pledge of Thy love, Thou didst send two of them to Jerusalem two days before Thee, that thus they might prepare it. Hence, learning how we, too, ought to prepare ourselves betimes to eat of the divine Passover which is Thy Body and Blood, I cry out to Thee in thanksgiving:  Alleluia!

Ikos 2:

“Loose thy sandals from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground ,” didst Thou say unto Moses from out of the bush which burned yet was not consumed by Thine unseen presence therein. The vessel which containeth Thy Body and Blood is greater and more holy indeed than the unburnt bush, but I am dust, unclean and sold under sin. Wherefore, with humility and faith I cry out to Thee:


Jesus almighty, strip from me the old man and all his works.
Jesus, slay within me the seed of corruption which maketh its nest within me.
Jesus, break Thou the bonds of sin whereby the enemy hath bound me.
Jesus, grant me a humble heart and a broken spirit.
Jesus, drive far from me temptations and occasions for stumbling.
Jesus, establish me in faith and love for Thee.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 3:

“Our fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. I am the Bread which cometh down from heaven which, if any man eat thereof, he shall live forever. And the Bread which I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the life of the world,” Thou didst say to the Jews that sought to see from Thee a sign from heaven like unto the manna of Moses, And hearing and beholding the fulfillment of the prophecy, we cry out with fear: Alleluia!

Ikos 3:

Having risen from the supper, as the holy John doth relate, and girded. Thyself about with a towel, Thou didst wash the feet of the disciples, thereby teaching us that we ought not to approach Thy divine Table in our sins unwashed by tears of repentance. Mindful of my great need for this mystical ablution and of the dearth of tears of my hardened heart, with Peter I cry to Thee:


Jesus all-good, do Thou Thyself wash not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.
Jesus, lay bare before me the abyss of my soul’s corruption!
Jesus, open within me the floodgates of heartfelt contrition!
Jesus, bedew me with the drops of Thy loving-kindness!
Jesus, wrap me about with the fear of the judgment and the eternal torments!
Jesus, awaken within me my sleeping conscience and strengthen its voice.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 4:

“Is this not Jesus, the Son of Joseph, Whose father and mother we know? How is it, then, that He saith, I came down from heaven? How can He give His Flesh to eat?” said the Jews among themselves, on hearing Thy most glorious promise to give Thyself as food to the faithful, unable in the hardness of their hearts to believe with humility and cry out to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 4:

“Except ye eat the Flesh of the Son of man, and drink His Blood, ye have no life in you,” Thou didst tell the Jews that were slow to believe, and this saying was shown to be hard to accept even for certain of Thy disciples that were yet ignorant of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. But we, illumined with light of the Gospel and beholding Thy divine glory with face unveiled, cry out to Thee with faith and love:


Jesus, Who canst do everything through the greatness of Thy power and dominion!
Jesus, Who createth and perfecteth more than we can understand and comprehend!
Jesus, Who once rained down manna from heaven as a sign of the present Mystery!
Jesus, Who didst pour forth water from a rock as a prefiguring thereof.
Jesus, Who didst send a cloud of quail as food for the Jews, who were starving in the wilderness!
Jesus, Who before the very eyes of the doubting Jews didst satisfy five thousand men with five loaves of bread.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 5:

While eating Thy supper with Thy disciples, taking bread, and blessing and breaking it, Thou didst give it to them, saying: “Take, eat; this is My Body, which is broken for you for the remission of sins.” And thereafter, having given them the Cup, Thou didst say: “Drink ye all of it: this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins.” Hearkening to this divine and most sweet voice, with thanksgiving we cry: Alleluia!

Ikos 5:

He who eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. He hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day, which is at the resurrection of life and blessedness. Wherefore, seeking to be vouchsafed this longed-for resurrection unto life, from the depths of my soul I cry to Thee:


Jesus, draw nigh unto one that seeketh union to Thee:
Jesus, enter into my inmost parts, into all my members and bones.
Jesus, be Thou a light unto my darkened mind.
Jesus, fill with Thyself the abyss of my heart, which the whole world cannot satisfy.
Jesus, speak through the voice of my conscience.
Jesus, stir and guide my will.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 6:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you that one of you shall betray Me,” Thou didst say in anguish of spirit to Thy disciples at the supper. And though they were innocent of any intention to betray Thee, each of them asked Thee: “Lord is it I?” showing thereby the depth of their humility. But what can I say to Thee when I fall and betray Thee seven times a day? Yet keep me Thyself, that I may not fall away utterly, but cry to Thee thankfully: Alleluia!

Ikos 6:

“As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except.it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit.” Thus, working wonders Thou didst teach Thy beloved disciples on the way to Gethsemane. Therefore, attending to this instruction, and knowing the weakness of my nature without Thy grace, I earnestly cry to Thee:


Jesus, most heavenly Husbandman, do Thou Thyself plant me in Thy life-bearing garden.
Jesus, true vine, graft me to Thyself like a wild branch!
Jesus, unwithering root, fill me with the sap of eternal life!
Jesus, Vanquisher of all mortality, clear away that which hath been dried up within me by the heat of the passions.
Jesus, beautiful goodness, adorn me with the flowers of good thoughts and feelings!
Jesus, rich in mercy, enrich me with the fruits of true repentance and righteousness.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 7:

To the disciple who at the supper leaned upon Thy breast and asked: “Who is it that betrayeth Thee?” Thou didst answer; “He it is to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.” And, having dipped the bread, Thou didst give it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to move him to repentance. But, being hardened by the spirit of malice, he had no desire to understand his Lord and Master’s voice of love. May I be delivered by Thy grace from such hard-heartedness, by crying to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 7:

Taking pity on the weakness of our nature, which turneth away from eating human flesh, Thou wast well-pleased to bestow upon us Thine all-pure Body and Blood not manifestly, but under the appearance of Bread and Wine, most wisely ordering the whole matter of our salvation in Thy love for mankind, O Jesus, and accommodating Thy most saving Mysteries to the weakness of our comprehension and senses. Marvelling at this condescension of Thy wisdom to the weakness of our nature, I thankfully glorify Thee thus:


Jesus, Who in Thy wisdom and love for mankind arrangest all things for our salvation!
Jesus, Who adaptest Thy most saving Mysteries to the weakness of our understanding and senses.
Jesus, Who for the assurance of the doubting hast many times manifested Thy very Body and Blood at Thy holy Table, instead of bread and wine.
Jesus, Who hast shown to worthy ministers of the altar the Holy Spirit descending for the consecration of the Gifts!
Jesus, Who instead of unworthy ministers of the altar dost send invisibly Thy holy Angels for the celebration of the Divine Mysteries.
Jesus, Who through the manifestation of miracles at the holy Table, hast converted to faith many of the impious. Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 8:

And after the sop – that is, after the traitor had eaten the bread Thou gavest him – as the holy John relateth, Satan entered into him. Oh, what a dreadful punishment for unbelief Oh, how unhappy the lot of the traitor! What should have been for his salvation is turned into death and damnation for him. Bowing reverently before this judgment of Thy righteousness, with fear and trembling I cry to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 8:

“Do this in remembrance of Me,” didst Thou say to Thy disciples at the supper, giving them Thy Body under the appearance of Bread, and Thy Blood under the appearance of wine. For as often as we eat this bread, and drink this cup, we show forth Thy death, according to the word of the holy Paul. And now, remembering Thy Passion, with compunction I cry to Thee: Jesus, Who for the salvation of the world didst give Thyself over voluntarily into the hands of Thine enemies!


Jesus, Who didst not allow legions of angels to appear in Thy defense!
Jesus, Who with a glance and with the crowing of a cock didst convert to repentance an unfaithful disciple!
Jesus, Who didst make no reply to Caiaphas an d Pilate who questioned Thee foolishly.
Jesus, Who from the Cross didst ask the Father to forgive the sins of them that crucified Thee!
Jesus, Who in Thy surpassing loving-kindness didst give Thy beloved disciple to Thy Mother as a son.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 9:

“Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?” Thou didst sadly cry out to Thine unfaithful disciple, when he came with a detachment of troops into the Garden of Gethsemane seeking to betray Thee with a kiss. But even these poignant words did not strike his soul, hardened’ in evil, with repentance. And, knowing the inconstancy of mine own will, 1 fear lest at any time 1, too, give thee the kiss of Judas, ungrateful as I am. But do Thou Thyself strengthen me by Thy grace, that with the good thief I may ever cry out: Alleluia!

Ikos 9:

I pray that they all may be one, as Thou. Father, art in Me and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe.” Thus didst Thou exclaim in !Thy last great prayer to the Father. Following this, Thy voice most sweet, and trusting in the power of Thy prayer, with faith I cry to Thee:


Jesus, Who gatherest all together as one, unite us all inseparably with Thee and Thy Father!
Jesus, grant that we all abide in oneness of mind, in faith and in love for Thee.
Jesus, Who cannot abide enmity and division, destroy impious heresies and schisms!
Jesus, Who lovest and hast mercy upon all, gather all the lost sheep into one flock.
Jesus, Who guest peace to all, allay the envy and gainsaying among them that call upon Thy name.
Jesus, Who givest me the Communion of Thy very Body and-Blood, may I be truly flesh of Thy Flesh and bone of Thy Bones.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 10:

By turning water into wine at the wedding supper in Cana of Galilee, Thou didst manifest the first sign of Thy divine power. Then, when about to depart to the Cross as the Bridegroom of souls, Thou didst manifest to them that believe in Thee the last miracle of Thy love, by changing bread into Thy Body; and wine into Thy Blood, and nurtured thereby unto life eternal, I, too, thankfully cry out to Thee:  Alleluia!

Ikos 10:

On the day of Thy resurrection, accompanying in the guise of a traveler two of Thy disciples on the way to Emmaus, Thou didst instruct them in the mystery of Thy Passion; but their eyes were holden that they should not recognize Thee, though their hearts burned within them at the sweetness of Thy words. But when, bowing to their request, Thou didst go to tarry with them and, and having blessed the Bread, didst give It them, straightway their eyes were opened and they recognized Thee. Like those disciples, I, too, humbly make bold to raise my voice to Thee thus:


Jesus long-suffering, forsake me not on the path of life because of the insufficience of my faith.
Jesus, teach me, like them, to understand the prophecies concerning Thee and the mystery of union with Thee by grace.
Jesus, warm and inflame my cold heart, as Thou didst those of Thy disciples.
Jesus all-good, abide also with me, for the day of my life is far spent and it is towards evening.
Jesus, grant me to know thee truly in the present breaking of the mystical Bread and in drinking from the Chalice!
Jesus, grant that even I, perceiving the power of Thy love, may become a proclaimer thereof to my brethren.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to thyself forever.

Kontakion 11:

To him that is victorious hast Thou promised to give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God, and of the hidden manna. May I be prepared on earth for this heavenly fare by the Communion of Thy Body and Blood, which as I now unworthily approach, I cry: Alleluia!

Ikos 11:

He that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body and Blood of the Lord, the heaven-rapt Paul doth admonish them that approach for Communion. Wherefore, I, too, fear and tremble at mine unworthiness; yet lest, by separating myself for long from Thy Communion, I fall prey to the noetic wolf, I draw nigh to Thee with such a cry:


Jesus, receive me, as Thou didst receive the publican, the harlot and the thief!
Jesus, disdain not to enter under the roof of my soul, though it is all empty and fallen.
Jesus, open the eyes of my soul, as thou didst open the eyes of the man who was blind from birth!
Jesus, say to me too, as to the paralytic: Arise and walk!
Jesus, stanch the flow of the impure desires of my soul as Thou dist stanch the flux of the woman with an issue of blood!
Jesus, heal the leprosy of my soul and conscience.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 12:
Through the envy of the devil who spoke through the mouth of the serpent, and through the eating of the forbidden fruit, the whole human race lost paradise and was given over to death. But by tasting of Thy most pure Body and Blood all men are again vouchsafed eternal life and rise up to their former state. For the Communion of Thy life-creating Mysteries is an antidote against the venom of the serpent and is the seed of immortality. Wherefore, I thankfully cry out to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 12:

Lo! I stand before the vessel which holdeth Thy divine Mysteries, yet I put not away mine evil thoughts. Thine almighty grace alone doth hearten and draw me on. Wherefore casting myself into the abyss of Thy loving-kindness, I cry out:


Jesus, Who callest all that labor and are heavy laden to rest in Thee, receive me, who labor under the vanity of this world.
Jesus, Who didst come to call not the righteous, but sinners to repentance, absolve me of my sins and passions!
Jesus, Who healest every infirmity and disease, heal Thou the wounds and festering of my soul.
Jesus, Who didst satisfy the hungry, feed me with Thy Body and Blood!
Jesus, Who didst raise the dead, quicken me who have been slain by my sins.
Jesus, Conqueror of hell, rescue me from the jaws of the spirit of malice.
Jesus, God of my heart, come and unite me to Thyself forever.

Kontakion 13:

O Jesus most sweet and all-compassionate, Who dost ever descend like manna from heaven to nourish our souls and hearts in the mystery of Thy most pure Body and Blood: vouchsafe me to partake uncondemned of Thy Divine Mysteries, that, being healed, nurtured, sanctified and deified by Thee forever, I may thankfully cry:  Alleluia!

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and then Kontakion 1)

 


Akathist to the Tomb and the Resurrection of the Lord

RESURRECTION-ICON

If reading alone, say first the following prayers:

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Kontakion 1:


To the chosen Champion Leader risen from the dead, a hymn of victory do we sing unto Thee, O Christ Eternal King, for Thou hast risen from the tomb: and we being delivered from everlasting corruption, bring joyous acclamations unto Thine honorable tomb crying out:

Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Ikos 1:
An Archangel came down from heaven to roll away the stone from before Thy tomb at Thy resurrection, O Christ God, and to announce Thy rising unto the Myrrh-bearers saying: Go ye and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And they, wondering at the strange word of the angel, cried unto Thy life-bearing tomb these praises:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb wherein Christ lay as dead and whence He arose upon the third day!
Rejoice, for He arose from thee and hath granted us resurrection!
Rejoice, for as a bridegroom from the bridal-chamber so did Christ come forth from thee, leading hell captive!
Rejoice, for in His rising the dead of all ages have arisen.
Rejoice, for by thee hath Peter the chief Apostle known the resurrection!
Rejoice, for by Christ’s lying within thee hath all the earth been hallowed.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 2:

When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came unto Thy tomb to anoint Thy Body, O Christ God, they found an angel sitting upon the stone and he said unto them: Be ye not afraid for I know that ye seek the Crucified! He is not here but is risen as He said unto you. And when they had announced the resurrection to the disciples then did all sing as unto the Creator and Master of All, the angels’ hymn: Alleliua.

Ikos 2:

Their thoughts storming within their minds, Thy disciples, O Christ, knew not the scripture that it was fitting for Thee to rise from the dead: therefore, they did not believe the Myrrh-bearers’ joyous announcement of Thy rising: but Peter ran unto Thy tomb and stooping down beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves and the napkin which had been about Thy divine Head, and rightly believed together with the rest of the disciples and, therefore, rejoicing, cried such praises unto Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for by thee was wrought the salvation of all the world!
Rejoice, for thou art venerated by all creation.
Rejoice, for coming unto thee from the North and from the sea the faithful glorify Christ!
Rejoice, for from the West and from the East all magnify the resurrection within thee.
Rejoice, for thou wast couch and repose unto the King of kings.
Rejoice, for by thee the assembly of the Jews was put to shame.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 3:

The sentries, that vain guard placed about Thy tomb, O Christ, heard the mighty earthquake and the Angel proclaiming the good news of Thy resurrection to the Myrrh-bearers and, quaking with fear became as dead men, and rushing headlong into the city told the high-priest and the elders the things that had come to pass, but in their great unrighteousness they thought to conceal Thy resurrection but were not able, and rather taught all to sing: Alleliua.

Ikos 3:

The Arimathean who from fear of the Jews had secretly been Thy disciple, O Christ, did beg Thy divine body from Pilate and then, too, did Nicodemus come bearing a mixture of myrrh and aloes and did anoint Thine incorruptible body, and, having wrapped it in a winding sheet with spices, did lay Thee in a new tomb wherein no other had yet been placed but Thou only, O Lord, that Thou mightest sanctify the substance of the earth. But when they had learned of Thy resurrection from the dead, they shouted praises unto Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for the mysteries of salvation have been performed within thee!
Rejoice, for by thee the resurrection hath been made known unto all the world.
Rejoice, sure and certain knowledge of the resurrection!
Rejoice, for Christ coming forth from thee hath led captivity captive, and brought human nature unto God the Father.
Rejoice, for although as man He was laid within thee, as God did He arise with glory!
Rejoice, for thou didst hold within thyself Him Who holdeth all creation.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 4:


When the Myrrh-bearers came unto Thy disciples, O Christ God, announcing Thy resurrection, they were filled with joy and went into Galilee to the mount, as Thou hadst commanded them! and seeing Thee, very God, in the flesh and not an apparition, they worshiped God, crying: Alleliua.

Ikos 4:

This knowledge remained unknown to the Jews who neither understood the prophecies nor sought to understand Thy resurrection, O Christ: how Thou couldst come forth from Thy tomb without breaking the seals thereof. Wherefore do they slander and jeer at Thy rising, but we, marveling at the mystery, bring praises to Thy life-bearing tomb, saying:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for Christ from thee hath risen and raised up the dead!
Rejoice, for through thee hell is known and stripped bare.
Rejoice, for the naked Adam is once more clothed in a divinely-woven garment!
Rejoice, for the earth, polluted by Abel’s fratricidal blood, is hallowed again by Christ’s abiding in thee.
Rejoice, for when the Angel had rolled away the stone from before thee, the Myrrh-bearers came to know of Christ’s resurrection!
Rejoice, for when Christ had arisen from thee, the news of this resurrection did spread throughout all the world.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 5:

On the eighth day after Thy resurrection, Thou, O Lord, didst come unto Thy disciples, although the doors were closed, and bestow the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon them. And then Thou didst say unto Thy disciple Thomas, “Come hither and touch Me!” and he, at the touch, knew Thee as being truly risen and not an apparition. Wherefore together with the other disciples did he cry unto Thee: Alleliua.

Ikos 5:

We see the council of the Jews, the falsely-wise orators, mute as fish and unable to speak about Thy resurrection, O Christ, and not understanding the prophecies, how it was meet for Thee, the God of all, to rise from the dead. But we, marveling at the mystery of Thy resurrection, cry out unto Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for Pilate’s foolish watchmen were terrified when Christ came forth from thee!
Rejoice, for He Who arose from thee broke not the seals upon the grave.
Rejoice, O truly rich tomb, for thou didst hold within thyself Christ the Lifegiver, Who bestoweth life upon all!
Rejoice, for when Christ arose from thee the heavens did
Rejoice.
Rejoice, for then the things of earth did teach the resurrection to all!
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 6:

When after Thy resurrection Thou, O Christ, didst reveal Thyself to Thy disciples at the sea of Tiberias and command them to cast the net on the right side of the ship, then did Thy beloved disciple, recognizing Thee, O God, from the mighty draught of fishes, say unto Peter, “It is the Lord!” And as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire and fish thereupon and bread, and in the giving of bread they did know Thee and as to the risen God did shout: Alleluia.

Ikos 6:

The women made their way unto Thy tomb in the deep dawn, O Christ God, and though they found not Thy sought-for body, O Jesus, they discerned not Thy rising, but straightway saw an Angel standing before them, who asked them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” And seeing Thy resurrection with great gladness they cried out these praises unto Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for by Christ’s abiding within thee the nether regions were seized with great fear!
Rejoice, for then with trembling did hell give up the dead which it had held down through the ages.
Rejoice, for by Christ’s rising we are all restored to newness of life!
Rejoice, for by Christ’s rising from thee Thomas was taught to say, “My Lord and my God!”
Rejoice, for in Christ’s rising all creation hath found joy!
Rejoice, too, O Arimathean, for within thine own garden thou hast acquired so great a treasure.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 7:

The sun at Thy passion, O Christ, unable to bear the raging frenzy of the lawless, did hide its light and the veil of the temple was rent, and when Thou wast laid in the life-bearing tomb the earth was shaken as though wanting to swallow up the unlawful, but Thou as God didst rise in glory and with Thyself didst raise up Adam, the father of us all. Wherefore, unto our truly risen God to we sing: Alleluia.

Ikos 7:

After Thy resurrection, O Christ, Thou didst reveal Thyself unto Luke and Cleopas along the way and didst acompany them as they discussed together those things that had happened unto Thee, O Master of all, and Thou wast scorned by them as being but a stranger in Jerusalem. But Thou as God didst open unto them the prophecies concerning Thyself and thus wast known by them in the breaking of the bread, whence with great joy they turned back to Jerusalem and told the good news of Thy resurrection and appearance unto Thy disciples. Wherefore, all together they did worship and sing praises unto Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for thou hast received within thyself Christ, the heavenly bread, given as food for all!
Rejoice, for thou wast able to contain Christ as a sleeping king.
Rejoice, for heaven and earth were filled with glad tidings when Christ arose from thee!
Rejoice, for by thee the Jews were brought to disgrace.
Rejoice, for no longer are the unlawful able to slander Christ’s resurrection.
Rejoice, for through thee the Apostles’ choir was filled with joy.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 8:

Mankind together with all the Angels doth stand in wonder before Thy great care for us — Thou Who as God art inaccessible and yet as an approachable man art seen by all! Thou Who wast crucified and buried and Who didst rise in glory, and therefore, unto Thee as Creator and Master doth sing: Alleluia.

Ikos 8:

In Thy resurrection, O Christ, Thou didst show forth the new creation, for, just as in Thy birth from the Virgin, Thou didst not destroy the seal upon the tomb. Therefore, we honor Thy Passion, we glorify Thy Burial, in faith we worship Thy glorious Resurrection and offer hymns of thanksgiving unto Thy tomb, saying:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for Christ is risen from thee and hath renewed all the world!
Rejoice, for the stone that was rolled away from thee hath shattered the gates and door-posts of hell.
Rejoice, for the sun of the whole world hath shone forth from thee!
Rejoice, for when Christ lay within thee the nether regions were shaken asunder.
Rejoice, for those dead whom hell of old did seize, it hath unwillingly given back alive!
Rejoice, thou lightning flash which did hide the divine pearl within thyself.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 9:

The Apostles, those God-bearing heralds of Thy resurrection, were sent out into all the world and they did preach Thee, the true God! they taught all the faithful to sing unto Thee, the Creator and Master: Alleluia.

Ikos 9:

After Thy rising from the grave, Mary Magdalene came unto the tomb while it was still dark and saw the stone taken away from the tomb. She, therefore, went quickly to the disciples, saying, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre!” Then Peter, that disciple of burning faith, ran with John to the tomb and peering within saw the garments lying together and, coming to the knowledge of Thy resurrection, began to shout praises to Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for when Christ was shut within thee He shone forth light upon the nether regions!
Rejoice, for when the stone was removed from thee the stoney-hearted nations began to sing, “Christ is truly risen!”
Rejoice, for within thee God did pass three days asleep in the flesh!
Rejoice, for by His rising hath He awakened those who through the ages have been asleep.
Rejoice, for coming forth from thee He hath bestowed resurrection upon all!
Rejoice, for as a bright sun shining forth from thee hath He enlightened all the world.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 10:

The earth grew frightened and fell silent, seeing Thee its Creator lying in a small tomb, and hell, trembling with fear before Thy power, gave up its dead preparing for Thee Thy rising to the Father from Whom Thou wast never separate. Wherefore do we sing unto Thee: Alleliua.

Ikos 10:

Mary Magdalene with most ardent faith in Thee, O Jesus Christ, came very early unto Thy tomb, O Savior, and was granted the vision of an angel telling her, “He is not here, but is risen.” Furthermore, Thou didst Thyself appear to her as God, therefore she was sent as the bearer of good news to anounce to Thy disciples Thy rising to the Father. Thy disciples were thereby filled with joy and together with the Myrrh-bearers offered praises unto Thy life-bearing tomb, crying:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, thou opening of the gates of paradise!
Rejoice, for of Him Who lay within thee doth hell unwillingly speak truly, saying, “It were better for me had I never seized the Son of Mary!”
Rejoice, for He Who arose from thee hath led hell captive and filled the heavenly Jerusalem!
Rejoice, for as one who sleepeth hast thou held within thyself the very Lamb, the Son of God.
Rejoice, for according to the prophecy Christ did sleep within thee and as a lion did take His rest and who hath stirred Him up?
Rejoice, for from thee He raised Himself by His own power.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 11:

When the Savior stood before His disciples, granting them peace, He also gave them the power to forgive sins and to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to preach His resurrection from the dead! and they did go and teach all nations to cry unto the risen God: Alleluia.

Ikos 11:

After Thy rising from the dead, O Christ, appearing unto Thy disciples Thou didst say unto Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?” And after his threefold declaration of his love for Thee, Thou didst establish him as the first leader of Thy Church and all the faithful, having known Thee the risen God, cried out praises to Thy life-bearing tomb:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for in coming forth from thee hath Christ made us a path up to heaven!
Rejoice, for, placed within thee, Christ hath raised up the dead of all the ages.
Rejoice, for unto the resurrected hath He given eternal life!
Rejoice, for the Cross and Resurrection are glorified in thee!
Rejoice, for by thee the sentries learned of the resurrection.
Rejoice, for thou art the fountain of divine knowledge.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 12:

Glorifying Thy Passion, we honor Thy divine providence for us and we worship Thy divine resurrection. Glorifying Thine all-glorious ascension from earth unto the heavenly Father, we pray: Take not Thine all-holy Spirit away from us, so that we may all sing unto Thee as Creator and Master: Alleluia.

Ikos 12:

Thou the radiance of the Father didst go unto the Mount of Olives and then a most bright cloud did lift Thee up, as Thy disciples looked on, O Almighty One, and Thine angels said unto Thine Apostles, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? Him Whom ye see taken up from you shall come again in the flesh.” And they returned to Jerusalem with joy, praising Thee, the true God, and offering praises unto Thy life-bearing tomb, wherein Thou wast laid and on the third day didst rise:


Rejoice, life-bearing tomb, for from thee hath Christ, the ineffable light, shone forth and enlightened the whole world.
Rejoice, for the Myrrh-bearers did hear, ”
Rejoice!” when Christ arose from thee.
Rejoice, for thou hast been the resting-place of the King of kings and Lord of lords!
Rejoice, for thou hast held the sustainer of all creation.
Rejoice, for the most wise Jews were made fools by thee, for they could not speak against the resurrection!
Rejoice, for the choir of the Apostles hath found joy through thee.
Rejoice, life-bearing tomb whence Christ hath risen!

Kontakion 13:

O most holy and life-bearing tomb of Christ, thou the enrichment of all the world! Standing before thee as the bearer of life we pray unto Christ our God Who lay within thee and rose in glory on the third day, the He deliver His inheritance from famine, pestilence, earthquake and flood and from every mortal wound, that He grant peace unto Orthodox Christians and subdue under their feet those who strive against them, that we may all sing unto Thee, our Creator and Master: Alleluia.

(Thrice)

(Repeat Ikos 1 and then Kontakion 1)