Melkite Greek Catholic Great Lent: Small Compline & Akathist Service

Religion / Spirituality - Other

Friday, February 15, 2013
7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
256 Hamilton St.
Worcester, MA 01604
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When the word akathist is used alone, it most commonly refers to the original hymn by this name, the 6th century Akathist to the Theotokos, attributed to St. Roman the Melodist (though this attribution is hotly debated). This hymn is often split into four parts and sung at the "Salutations to the Theotokos" service on the first four Friday evenings in Great Lent; the entire Akathist is then sung on the fifth Friday evening. Traditionally it is included in the Orthros of the fifth Saturday of Great Lent. In monasteries of Athonite tradition, the whole Akathist is usually inserted nightly at Compline.

The four sections into which the Akathist is divided correspond to the themes of the Annunciation, Nativity, Christ, and the Theotokos herself.

The hymn itself forms an alphabetical acrostic that is, each oikos ("house," possibly from the Syriac terminology) begins with a letter of the Greek alphabet, in orderand it consists of twelve long and twelve short oikoi. Each of the long oikoi include a seven-line stanza followed by six couplets, employing rhyme, assonance, and alliteration, beginning with the word Chaire (translated as either "Hail!" or "Rejoice!") and ending with the refrain, "Hail, Bride without bridegroom!" In the short oikoi, the seven-line stanza is followed by the refrain, "Alleluia!"

The Salutations to the Theotokos service, often known by its Greek name, the Chairetismoi (from the Chaire! so often used in the hymn), consists of Compline with the Akathist hymn inserted. It is known in Arabic as the Madayeh.

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Suggested Audiences: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders

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Last Modified: February 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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