Akathist music

Liturgy > Occasional services. Akathist. An Akathist is a highly ornate, multi-part hymn of praise to God or to one of the saints.. The original Akathistos hymn is a complete kontakion of praise of the Theotokos, the Mother of God. The Akathist Hymn is a Service of the Orthodox Church that invites the faithful to rejoice in the unique and sublime role the Virgin Mary played in the salvation of mankind. The Divine Incarnation is at the heart of this glorious telling in the form of hymns and prose, for it in the Virgin's own womb that God became man. Akathist to Saint Nicholas. An akathist is a hymn/prayer of devotion, thanksgiving and petition, dedicated to a saint, holy event, or a person of the Trinity. It has thirteen parts, each with a kontakion (hymn in verse) and an ekos, an earnest request, ending, here, with “rejoice.”