THE AKATHISTOS HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD
THE AKATHISTOS HYMN TO THE MOST SWEET JESUS
Precentor of the Monastic Choir of the Valaam Monastery Hierodeacon German (Ryabtsev)
1 CD (colour booklet 4 pages)
2000 The Igor Matvienko Production Centre
The Akathists to the Most Sweet Jesus and the Mother of God are a vivid expression of Russian piety and a special love of the Russian Orthodox Christians to this kind of prayers, which has become an important part of the daily rule.
The Akathist to the Most Sweet Jesus expresses the pious reverence and humility of Christians at the mystery of the coming to the world of the Son of God and His Incarnation. His deed of redemption, Resurrection and Ascension are glorified in the Akathist. Being aware of his sinfulness, the worshipper hopes for the all-forgiving love and mercy of Christ the Saviour.
The Akathist to the Mother of God expresses the firm belief of the Orthodox people in Her prayers and intercession for humanity before Her Divine Son.
These akathists are the earliest in Orthodox hymnology. It was on this pattern that many other akathists were composed, particularly to the icons of the Mother of God and to many saints.
Colour booklet 4 pages.