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Akathist Hymn to Jesus Christ


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To Thee, the Champion Leader and Lord, the Vanquisher of Hades, I, Thy creature and servant, offer a song of praise, for Thou hast delivered me from eternal death. But as Thou hast ineffable loving-kindness, from all dangers that can be do Thou deliver me, that I may cry to Thee: Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Α

Creator of Angels and Lord of Hosts, as of old Thou didst open the ear and tongue of him that was deaf and dumb, so now open my perplexed mind and tongue to praise Thy most holy name, that I may cry to Thee:

Jesus, most wonderful, Astonishment of Angels. Jesus, most powerful, Deliverance of Forefathers. Jesus, most sweet, Exultation of Patriarchs.

Jesus, most glorious, Dominion of kings.

Jesus, most desired, Fulfilment of Prophets.

Jesus, most praised, Steadfastness of Martyrs.

Jesus, most gladsome, Comfort of monastics.

Jesus, most compassionate, Sweetness of presbyters. Jesus, most merciful, Abstinence of fasters.

Jesus, most tender, Joy of the righteous.

Jesus, most pure, Sobriety of virgins.

Jesus, pre-eternal, Salvation of sinners.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Β

Seeing the widow weeping bitterly, O Lord, Thou wast moved with compassion, and didst raise up her son as he was being carried to burial; likewise do Thou have compassion of me, O Friend of man, and raise up my soul which hath been slain by sins, as I cry aloud:

Alleluia!

Γ

Seeking to know knowledge unknown, Philip asked: Lord, show us the Father; and Thou didst answer him: Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? Wherefore, O Unsearchable One, with fear I cry to Thee:

Jesus, God before the ages.

Jesus, King almighty.

Jesus, Master long-suffering.

Jesus, Saviour most merciful.

Jesus, my Guardian most kind

Jesus, be gracious unto my sins.

Jesus, take away mine iniquities.

Jesus, pardon mine unrighteousness.

Jesus, my Hope, forsake me not

Jesus, my Helper, reject me not.

Jesus, my Creator, forget me not.

Jesus, my Shepherd, lose me not.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Δ

Thou didst endue with power from on high Thine Apostles who tarried in Jerusalem, O Jesus. Clothe Thou also me, who am stripped bare of every good work, with the warmth of Thy Holy Spirit, and grant that with love I may chant to Thee:

Alleluia!

Ε

In the abundance of Thy mercy, O compassionate Jesus, Thou hast called publicans and sinners and unbelievers. Now despise not me who am like unto them, but accept this hymn as precious myrrh:

Jesus, invincible Power.

Jesus, unending Mercy.

Jesus, radiant Beauty.

Jesus, unspeakable Love.

Jesus, Son of the living God.

Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Jesus, hearken unto me who was conceived in iniquity. Jesus, cleanse me who was born in sin.

Jesus, teach me who am become foolish.

Jesus, enlighten me who am darkened.

Jesus, purify me who am defiled.

Jesus, restore me, the prodigal.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Ζ

Having a tempest of doubting thoughts within, Peter was singing. But beholding Thee, O Jesus, bearing flesh and walking on the waters, he knew Thee to be the true God; and receiving the hand of salvation, he cried:

Alleluia!

Η

When the blind man heard Thee, O Lord, passing by on the way, he cried: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! And Thou didst call him and open his eyes. Wherefore, by Thy mercy enlighten the spiritual eyes of my heart as I cry to Thee and say:

Jesus, Creator of those on high.

Jesus, Redeemer of those below.

Jesus, Vanquisher of the nethermost powers.

Jesus, Adorner of every creature.

Jesus, Comforter of my soul.

Jesus, Enlightener of my mind.

Jesus, Gladness of my heart.

Jesus, Health of my body.

Jesus, my Saviour, save me.

Jesus, my Light, enlighten me.

Jesus, from all torment deliver me.

Jesus, save me who am unworthy.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Θ

As of old Thou didst redeem us from the curse of the law by Thy divinely-shed blood, O Jesus, likewise rescue us from the snares whereby the serpent hath entangled us through the passions of the flesh, through lustful incitements and perilous lethargy, as we cry to Thee:

Alleluia!

Ι

Beholding in human form Him Who by His hand fashioned man, and understanding Him to be their Master, the children of the Hebrews hastened with boughs to do homage, crying: Hosanna! But we offer Thee a hymn of praise, saying: Jesus, true God.

Jesus, Son of David.

Jesus, glorious King.

Jesus, innocent Lamb.

Jesus, Shepherd most marvelous.

Jesus, Protector of mine infancy.

Jesus, Guide of my youth.

Jesus, Boast of mine old age.

Jesus, my Hope at death.

Jesus, my Life after death.

Jesus, my Comfort at Thy judgement.

Jesus, my Desire, let me not then be shamed.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Κ

Fulfilling the words and proclamations of the God bearing Prophets, O Jesus Thou didst appear on earth, and Thou Who art uncontainable didst dwell among men. Wherefore, being healed by Thy wounds, we learned to chant:

Alleluia!

Λ

When the light of Thy truth shone in the world, devilish delusion was driven away; for the idols, O our Saviour, have fallen, unable to endure Thy power. But we who have received salvation cry to Thee:

Jesus, Truth dispelling falsehood.

Jesus, Light transcending every light.

Jesus, King surpassing all in strength.

Jesus, God constant in mercy.

Jesus, Bread of life, fill me who am hungry.

Jesus, Well-spring of knowledge, refresh me who am thirsty.

Jesus, Garment of gladness, clothe me who am naked. Jesus, Haven of joy, shelter me who am unworthy. Jesus, Giver to those who ask, grant me mourning for my sins.

Jesus, Finder of those who seek, find my soul.

Jesus, Opener to those who knock, open my hardened heart.

Jesus, Redeemer of sinners, wash away my sins. Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Μ

Desiring to unveil the mystery hidden from all ages, Thou wast led as a sheep to the slaughter, O Jesus, and as a voiceless lamb before its shearer. But as God, Thou didst rise from the dead and ascend with glory to Heaven, and together with Thyself, didst raise us up who cry:

Alleluia!

Ν

New was the Creation which the Creator revealed to us when He appeared, for without seed He took flesh of a Virgin and rose from the tomb without breaking the seal of either, and bodily entered in unto the Apostles whilst the doors were shut. Wherefore, marveling at this we chant:

Jesus, Word uncontainable.

Jesus, Intelligence unfathomed.

Jesus, Power incomprehensible.

Jesus, Wisdom immeasurable.

Jesus, Divinity indepictable.

Jesus, Dominion unbounded.

Jesus, Kingdom invincible.

Jesus, Sovereignty unending.

Jesus, Strength sublime.

Jesus, Authority everlasting,

Jesus, my Creator, fashion me anew.

Jesus, my Saviour, save me.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Ξ

Seeing the strange Incarnation of God, let us estrange ourselves from this vain world and raise our mind to things divine. To this end God descended to earth, that He might raise to Heaven us who cry to Him:

Alleluia!

Ο

Wholly present with those below, yet in no way separated from those above, was the Uncircumscribed One, when of His own will He suffered for us; by His death, our death He put to death, and by His Resurrection, He granted life to us who chant to Him such words as these: Jesus, Sweetness of my heart.

Jesus, Strength of my body.

Jesus, Light of my soul.

Jesus, Alacrity of my mind.

Jesus, Gladness of my conscience.

Jesus, Hope unexcelled.

Jesus, Remembrance everlasting.

Jesus, Praise most exalted.

Jesus, my Glory most sublime.

Jesus, my Desire, reject me not.

Jesus, my Shepherd, seek me out.

Jesus, my Saviour, save me.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Π

All the orders of Angels in Heaven unceasingly glorify Thy most holy Name, O Jesus, crying: Holy, Holy, Holy! But we sinners on earth, with our tongues of clay, chant: Alleluia!

Ρ

Orators most eloquent do we behold mute as fish before Thee, O Jesus our Saviour, for they are at a loss to explain how Thou art both perfect man and immutable God. But as for us, marveling at this mystery, we cry with faith: Jesus, God of gods.

Jesus, King of kings,

Jesus, Lord of lords.

Jesus, Judge of the living and the dead.

Jesus, Hope of the despairing.

Jesus, Comfort of the mourning.

Jesus, Provision of the poor.

Jesus, condemn me not according to my deeds. Jesus, cleanse me according to Thy mercy.

Jesus, dispel my despondency.

Jesus, enlighten the thoughts of my heart.

Jesus, make me ever mindful of death.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Σ

Wishing to save the world, O Dayspring of the Orient, Thou didst come to the dark Occident of our nature and didst humble Thyself even unto death. Wherefore, Thy Name is exalted above every name, and from all created beings of Heaven and earth, Thou dost hear:

Alleluia!

Τ

Make Thy holy Angels a rampart for us, O Christ, Thou Father of the age to come, and cleanse us from every stain, as Thou didst cleanse the ten lepers; and heal us, as Thou didst heal the avaricious soul of Zacchaeus the publican, that we may cry to Thee with compunction and say:

Jesus, Treasure unfailing.

Jesus, Wealth inexpendable.

Jesus, Food most substantial.

Jesus, Drink inexhaustible.

Jesus, Raiment of the poor.

Jesus, Defender of widows.

Jesus, Protector of orphans.

Jesus, Champion of those in hardships.

Jesus, Companion of those who journey.

Jesus, Pilot of voyagers.

Jesus, calm Haven of the tempest-tossed.

Jesus, raise me who am fallen.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Υ

A most compunctionate hymn do I, the unworthy one, offer Thee, and like the Canaanitish woman, I cry to Thee: O Jesus, have mercy on me! For not a daughter, but a flesh have I which is violently possessed by the passions and troubled with anger. Grant Thou healing to me, who cry aloud to Thee:

Alleluia!

Φ

Thee, the brilliant Beacon-light shining to those in darkness of ignorance, did Paul once persecute; but, illumined by Thy light and perceiving the power of Thy divinely-wise voice, the fury of his soul was assuaged. In like manner, enlighten the eyes of my darkened soul as I cry such things as these:

Jesus, my King supremely powerful.

Jesus, my God omnipotent.

Jesus, my Lord immortal.

Jesus, my Creator most glorious.

Jesus, my Guide supreme in goodness.

Jesus, my Shepherd most compassionate.

Jesus, my Master rich in mercy.

Jesus, my Saviour, Friend of man.

Jesus, enlighten my senses darkened by passions. Jesus, heal my body wounded by sins.

Jesus, cleanse my mind from vain thoughts.

Jesus, preserve my heart from evil desires.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Χ

Grant me Thy grace, O Jesus, Forgiver of every debt, and receive me who repent, as Thou didst receive Peter who denied Thee; and call me who am downcast, as of old Thou didst call Paul who persecuted Thee; and hearken unto me as I cry to Thee:

Alleluia!

Ψ

Whilst hymning Thine Incarnation, we all praise Thee, and with Thomas we believe that Thou art our Lord and God, Who sittest with the Father and shalt come to judge the living and the dead. Grant that I may then stand at Thy right hand, who now cry:

Jesus, King of peace, bestow Thy peace upon me. Jesus, sweet-scented Flower, make me fragrant. Jesus, longed-for Warmth, warm Thou me.

Jesus, eternal Temple, shelter me.

Jesus, resplendent Garment, adorn me.

Jesus, Pearl of great price, enrich me.

Jesus, precious Stone, illumine me.

Jesus, Sun of Righteousness, shine on me.

Jesus, holy Light, make me radiant.

Jesus, deliver me from infirmity of soul and body. Jesus, rescue me from the hands of the adversary. Jesus, save me from the everlasting torments.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

Ω

O most sweet and tender-loving Jesus, receive this our small supplication, as Thou didst receive the widow’s mite;

and preserve Thine inheritance from all enemies, visible and invisible, from invasion of aliens, from disease and famine, from all tribulations and mortal wounds, and deliver from future torments all who cry to Thee:

Alleluia!

Α

Creator of Angels and Lord of Hosts, as of old Thou didst open the ear and tongue of him that was deaf and dumb, so now open my perplexed mind and tongue to praise Thy most holy name, that I may cry to Thee:

Jesus, most wonderful, Astonishment of Angels. Jesus, most powerful, Deliverance of Forefathers. Jesus, most sweet, Exultation of Patriarchs.

Jesus, most glorious, Dominion of kings.

Jesus, most desired, Fulfilment of Prophets.

Jesus, most praised, Steadfastness of Martyrs.

Jesus, most gladsome, Comfort of monastics.

Jesus, most compassionate, Sweetness of presbyters. Jesus, most merciful, Abstinence of fasters.

Jesus, most tender, Joy of the righteous.

Jesus, most pure, Sobriety of virgins.

Jesus, pre-eternal, Salvation of sinners.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!

To Thee, the Champion Leader and Lord, the

Vanquisher of Hades, I, Thy creature and servant, offer a song of praise, for Thou hast delivered me from eternal death. But as Thou hast ineffable loving-kindness, from all dangers that can be do Thou deliver me, that I may cry to Thee: Jesus, Son of God, have mercy of me!


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