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!


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!


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:



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!


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:



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!


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:



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!


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:



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!


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:



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!


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:



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.