How to read the akathist?
Akathist called praise in honor ofGod's mother, Savior or other saints. Like many religious traditions, reading the akathist has its own characteristics and rigid traditions. Let's figure out how to read the Akathist.
Structure of the Akathist
Any akathist consists of 25 songs thatare arranged in accordance with the Greek alphabet. Thirteen of them are called kondaks (laudatory song), and twelve of them are Ikos (a long song), which explain the essence of the festive event. It is because of this that Ikos is never read on its own, but only after reading the kontakion. All the icosa ends with the word "rejoice," and at the end of the codecs one can always hear "hallelujah," which means "praise God." After reading the kontakion, there always goes the icon, which, as a rule, is divided into two parts. The last line of kontakion is considered an appeal to the one to whom the song is dedicated. By tradition, it repeats three times in a row. After the akathist, one should always read the prayer.
It is interesting that the Akathist is not a life story of a saint, but only an expression of praise in the form of a poetic hymn.
The rules for reading the akathist
What an akathist to read - a person can choose. Often, the akathists are always dedicated to the one whose help the believer needs at the moment. However, the greatest popularity is enjoyed by the Akathist of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has not changed since the distant 620 year. He is sung only once a year, on Saturday, the fifth week of Lent. This day is usually called "Saturday Akathist."
Akathist in translation from the Greek languagemeans "non-sedentary singing." And, indeed, listening or reading the Akathist, sitting is not allowed, exceptions are made only for sick people. When reading the akathist you need to stand facing the icon of the saint, to whom the chant is dedicated. If there is no such possibility, then reading the akathist is permissible by standing facing the window.
In addition, the reading of the akathist refers to the cell,in other words, domestic prayers. Therefore, you can read the Akathist at home, without receiving the blessing of the priest for this. Before reading, read the intended prayer (morning or evening), and only then go to the song itself. After you finish the akathist, you should read the prayer to the Guardian Angel. Remember that an akathist is, first of all, a song of praise, so it is not the most important thing, how qualitatively you read it, but what you will have in mind and thoughts during this reading.
So, I hope, now you know how to correctlyread the akathist. But remember that even if you violate some rules of reading, this is not the worst thing. Only bad deeds and thoughts of man are terrible.