Akathist to The Mother of God

Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos
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Plagal of Fourth Tone

When the bodiless one learned the secret command, in haste he came and stood before Joseph's dwelling, and spake unto the Maiden who knew not wedlock: The One Who hath bowed the Heavens by His descent is held and contained unchanging wholly in thee. Seeing Him receiving the form of a servant in thy womb, I stand in awe and cry to thee: Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


Plagal of Fourth Tone

To thee, the Champion Leader, we thy flock 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, thou Bride unwedded.


An Angel, and the chiefest among them, was sent from Heaven to cry : Rejoice! to the Mother of God. And beholding Thee, O Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe, and with his bodiless voice he cried aloud to her such things as these:

Rejoice, thou through whom joy shall shine forth.

Rejoice, thou through whom the curse shall be blotted out.

Rejoice, thou the Restoration of fallen Adam.

Rejoice, thou the Redemption of the tears of Eve.

Rejoice, Height hard to climb for human thought.

Rejoice, Depth hard to explore, even for the eyes of Angels.

Rejoice, for thou art the Throne of the King.

Rejoice, for thou sustainest the Sustainer of 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 the Creator becometh a babe.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


Beholding herself in chastity, the holy one spake boldly unto Gabriel: The strangeness of thy words seemeth hard to my soul to receive; for how speakest thou of a seedless conception? crying aloud: Alleluia.


Seeking to know knowledge unknown, the Virgin cried to him who ministered unto her: From a chaste womb how can a Son be born? Tell thou me! Then spake he to her in fear, yet crying aloud thus:

Rejoice, thou Initiate of the ineffable counsel.

Rejoice, thou Faith in that which demandeth silence.

Rejoice, Prelude of the miracles of Christ.

Rejoice, Pinnacle of His doctrines.

Rejoice, heavenly Ladder whereby God came down.

Rejoice, Bridge leading those of earth to Heaven.

Rejoice, Marvel farfamed of Angels.

Rejoice, Wounding muchbewailed of demons.

Rejoice, thou who ineffably gavest birth to the Light.

Rejoice, thou who didst reveal the mystery to none.

Rejoice, thou who oversoarest the knowledge of the wise.

Rejoice, thou who enlightenest the minds of the faithful.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


The power of the Most High then overshadowed her who knew not wedlock, that she might conceive, and showed forth her fruitful womb as a sweet meadow to all who desire to reap salvation, whilst chanting: Alleluia.


CARRYING God in her womb, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth, whose unborn babe straightway perceiving her salutation rejoiced; and with leaps as it were with songs, he cried out to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, Vine bearing the unfading Bloom.

Rejoice, Land yielding the untainted Fruit.

Rejoice, thou who dost tend the manbefriending Husbandman.

Rejoice, thou who dost blossom forth the Sower of our life.

Rejoice, Field bearing a bounty of compassions.

Rejoice, Table laden with an abundance of mercies.

Rejoice, for thou revivest the meadow of delight.

Rejoice, for thou preparest a haven for souls.

Rejoice, acceptable Incense of intercession.

Rejoice, Oblation for all the world.

Rejoice, Favour of God to mortals.

Rejoice, Access of mortals to God.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


HAVING a tempest of doubting thoughts within, the chaste Joseph was troubled; for he suspected a secret union as he beheld thee unwed, O blameless one; but when he learned of thy conception through the Holy Spirit, he cried: Alleluia.


ΟΝ hearing the Angels praising the incarnate presence of Christ, the shepherds hastened as to a Shepherd, and beholding Him as a spotless Lamb, pastured in Mary's womb, her they hymned, and said:

Rejoice, Mother of the Lamb and Shepherd.

Rejoice, Fold of the rational sheep.

Rejoice, Bulwark against invisible foes.

Rejoice, Opener 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, neversilent Voice of the Apostles.

Rejoice, neverconquered Courage of the Martyrs.

Rejoice, firm Support of the Faith.

Rejoice, shining Token of grace.

Rejoice, thou through whom Hades was laid bare.

Rejoice, thou through whom we are clothed with glory.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


BEHOLDING the Godwardpointing Star, the Magi followed in its splendour; and holding it as a lantern, they sought thereby the mighty King. And as they approached the Unapproachable, they rejoiced and cried to Him: Alleluia.


THE sons of the Chaldees beheld in the hands of the Virgin Him Who by His hand fashioned man; and Perceiving Him as Master, though He had taken the form of a Servant, they hastened with gifts to do homage, and they cried out to her who is blessed:

Rejoice, Mother of the neversetting Star.

Rejoice, Dawn of the mystic Day.

Rejoice, thou who quenchest the fiery furnace of error.

Rejoice, thou who enlightenest the initiates of the Trinity.

Rejoice, thou who didst cast down from power the inhuman tyrant.

Rejoice, thou who didst show forth Christ, the manbefriending Lord.

Rejoice, thou who redeemest from the creeds of barbarism.

Rejoice, thou who dost rescue from the works of mire.

Rejoice, thou who makest the worship of fire to cease.

Rejoice, thou who makest the flame of the passions to be allayed.

Rejoice, Guide of the faithful to chastity.

Rejoice, Rejoicing of every generation.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


Godbearing heralds did the Wise Men become, when they returned to Babylon; and fulfilling Thy prophecy, they preached Thee to all as the Christ, and they left Herod as a trifler, who knew not how to chant: Alleluia.


Shining in Egypt the illumination of truth, Thou didst dispel the darkness of falsehood; and unable to bear Thy strength, O Saviour, her idols fell; and they that were set free therefrom cried to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, Uplifting of men.

Rejoice, Downfall of demons.

Rejoice, thou who hast trampled upon the delusion of error.

Rejoice, thou who hast censured the deceit of the idols.

Rejoice, Sea which drowned the noetic Pharaoh.

Rejoice, Rock which refreshed those athirst for Life.

Rejoice, Pillar of fire, guiding those in darkness.

Rejoice, Protection of the world, more spacious than a cloud.

Rejoice, Sustenance, successor to manna.

Rejoice, Minister of holy joy.

Rejoice, Land of promise.

Rejoice, thou from whence flow milk and honey.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.


When Symeon was nigh unto departing from this age of deception, Thou wast presented to him as a newborn Babe, but Thou wast recognized by him as perfect God. Wherefore, he marvelled at Thine ineffable wisdom, and cried out: Alleluia.


New was the Creation which the Creator showed to us His creatures, when He sprang forth from the seedless womb; and He preserved it incorrupt, even as it was, that we, seeing this marvel, may praise her as we cry out:

Rejoice, Flower of incorruption.

Rejoice, Crown of continence.

Rejoice, thou who flashest forth the type of the Resurrection.

Rejoice, thou who showest forth the life of the Angels.

Rejoice, Tree of goodly Fruit whereby the faithful are nourished.

Rejoice, Wood of leafy branches whereby many are sheltered.

Rejoice, thou who bearest the Guide of those astray.

Rejoice, thou who engenderest the Redeemer of captives.

Rejoice, Supplication before the righteous Judge.

Rejoice, Forgiveness for many transgressors.

Rejoice, Robe of confidence for the naked.

Rejoice, Tenderness vanquishing all desire.

Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded.