Akathist Hymn Asking God for a Pure Heart

Kontakion 1

O God, hear my supplications, for You created me and it is right for me to pray to You in repentance and hope. Though I carelessly stumbled, though I foolishly endangered my soul, though I neglected Your image in which I am made, I know that You are the True and Only God, and I humbly say:

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Ikos 1

Create in me a pure heart, O God, as only You can do. May I never resign myself to the captivity of sin, the burden of dysfunction, or the emptiness of complacency. In Your compassion, O God, let me know gladness. Let me rejoice in Your purity, and I shall praise You the rest of my days:

Glory to You, the God Who gives me my life.

Glory to You, the Father Who renews my being.

Glory to You, for You do not forsake those who seek You.

Glory to You, for You are a refuge to those who love You.

Glory to You, the God Who shows me my path.

Glory to You, the Father Who upholds my steps.

Glory to You, for You do not reject those who follow You.

Glory to You, for You are a shield to those who obey You.

Glory to You, the God Who sends me my tasks.

Glory to You, the Father Who strengthens my resolve.

Glory to You, for You do not destroy those who beseech You.

Glory to You, for You are a rock to those who worship You.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 2

O God, attend to my needs, for You already know my daily routine, and it is right for me to depend on You for everything. Uphold my survival with food and shelter, enlarge my mind with true knowledge, fill my soul with unceasing prayer, that I may gratefully say: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

Create in me a pure heart, O God, above all else, foremost and exceeding my various needs, let my heart be pure. Whether in plenty or hardship, may I always trust in Your plan of salvation. Whether in health or distress, may I arise to do Your will and praise You for another day:

Holy God, wash away my sins.

Holy God, blot out my iniquities.

Holy God, teach me Your ways.

Holy God, show me Your wonders.

Holy God, help me and heal me.

Holy God, save me and spare me.

Holy God, deliver me from wickedness.

Holy God, rescue me from spitefulness.

Holy God, lead me to Your light.

Holy God, point me to Your truth.

Holy God, build up my faith.

Holy God, lift up my hope.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 3

O God, accept my plea for help, for You are All-Knowing and All-Seeing, and it is right for me to admit my innermost tendencies to You, though nothing was ever hidden from You. Yet, my sinful disfigurement is not greater than Your mercy, and thus I can say: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and let not my life drift away in aimless misbehaviors or dreadful offenses. Respond to the sincerity of my request for purity, that I may not be a stumbling block to others, that I may be found pleasing to You, and that my praises reach to Heaven:

Glory to You, the God Who knows my disposition.

Glory to You, the Father Who sees my activities.

Glory to You, for You do not abolish those who regret wrongdoing.

Glory to You, for You accept the fruits of repentance.

Glory to You, the God Who discerns my intentions.

Glory to You, the Father Who hears my lament.

Glory to You, for You do not scatter those who battle evil.

Glory to You, for You receive the tears of contrition.

Glory to You, the God Who perceives my longings.

Glory to You, the Father Who mends my brokenness.

Glory to You, for You do not neglect those who resist corruption.

Glory to You, for You increase the blossoms of righteousness.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 4

O God, protect me in the night, in my terror of expulsion, in my foretaste of outer darkness, in my lifetime of memories. I was born in sin, and the devil has pursued me ever since that hour. Yet, the devil operates in disgrace, and so I cling to Your salvation and I say: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

Create in me a pure heart, O God, in the conquest of inward turmoil and outward discord, in the victory of mercy, in the triumph of intercessory prayer, in the unity of the saints and martyrs, in the gathering together of those who love You on earth, that everyone may bring forth praises:

Heavenly Father, establish me in virtue.

Heavenly Father, replenish me in prayer.

Heavenly Father, enfold me in Your commandments.

Heavenly Father, rejuvenate me in Your forgiveness.

Heavenly Father, encourage me and inspire me.

Heavenly Father, refresh me and restore me.

Heavenly Father, enliven my steps upon the straight path.

Heavenly Father, revive my journey through the narrow gate.

Heavenly Father, enclose me in Your compassion.

Heavenly Father, rebuild me in Your lovingkindness.

Heavenly Father, endow me with wisdom.

Heavenly Father, realign me with goodness

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 5

O God, call out my name and I shall hasten to do Your bidding, for You are my Maker, and it is right for me to be of service to You in the ways of holiness. Yea, it is a great blessing to be given a valid purpose, to partake of Your glory, and to spend my days saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

Create in me a pure heart, O God, for I perish without Your unfathomable love and endless mercies. Let me thrive in the outpouring of my talents as You see fit, let me flourish in the overflowing of my abilities as You deem appropriate, and let my praises continue:

Glory to You, the God Who clarifies my thoughts.

Glory to You, the Father Who stabilizes my emotions.

Glory to You, for You do not chase away the orphan or widow.

Glory to You, for You are a stronghold to those who honor You.

Glory to You, the God Who brightens my passage.

Glory to You, the Father Who refines my quest.

Glory to You, for You do not cast out the wounded or damaged.

Glory to You, for You are a harbor to those who cherish You.

Glory to You, the God Who directs my goals.

Glory to You, the Father Who approves my endeavors.

Glory to You, for You do not close off the sorrowful or troubled.

Glory to You, for You are a pillar to those who respect You.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 6

O God, liberate me from the world’s vanity, for You are true splendor and magnificence, and it is right for me to gaze up into Heaven. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear that which is pure. May I not stoop to distractions on unrelated paths, but may I constantly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

Create in me a pure heart, O God, for my own salvation, to the glory of Your sovereignty and majesty, and for the sake of the thousands around me. I speak not from presumption, for I am the first among sinners, but from the reality of Your mercy and the togetherness of Your people:

Merciful God, cleanse me of my infirmities.

Merciful God, rid me of my defects.

Merciful God, secure my loved ones in Your unity.

Merciful God, influence my foes in Your sovereignty.

Merciful God, bless me to do Your work.

Merciful God, send me to do Your will.

Merciful God, gather my brothers in Your faithfulness.

Merciful God, anoint my sisters in Your righteousness.

Merciful God, loose me from my cravings.

Merciful God, untangle me from my complications.

Merciful God, nourish my neighbors in Your perfection.

Merciful God, correct my countrymen in Your benevolence.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 7

O God, fulfill my hope, for You are the True and Only God Who instills hope, and it is right for me to put my hope in You. I desire to do Your will and to please You. I long for the wholeness of being and contentment of soul which only You can bestow, and henceforth I say: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and let not my past offenses repel You, for I have suffered because of my sins. I have seen the darkness of the deviant and I have heard the lies of the schemers, and I choose purity of heart if You will accept my praises even at the eleventh hour:

Glory to You, the God Who wants my salvation.

Glory to You, the Father Who desires my inclusion.

Glory to You, for You do not prevent the crippled from worshipping You.

Glory to You, for You are thunder to those who rejoice in You.

Glory to You, the God Who helps me to stand up.

Glory to You, the Father Who enables me to walk onward.

Glory to You, for You do not prohibit the children from loving You.

Glory to You, for You are starburst to those who delight in You.

Glory to You, the God Who pities my inadequacy.

Glory to You, the Father Who fulfills my insufficiency.

Glory to You, for You do not restrict the aged from praising You.

Glory to You, for You are springtime to those who believe in You.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 8

O God, there are times when I am conscious that all things have worked to the good, in my life and I trust in the lives of others, no matter how alone I felt or how unlikely it seemed long ago. Today, I am wonderstruck in the quality of purity on my narrow path, and I thankfully say: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

Create in me a pure heart, O God, for the presence of purity is a light unto me, the experience of purity is unforgettable, and the blessing of purity is worth more than all the advantages which the world can offer. I live for purity and to bring forth praises to Your glory until the day I die:

Our Father, draw me to Your precepts.

Our Father, call me to Your purpose.

Our Father, cover me with Your mercy.

Our Father, support me with Your might.

Our Father, include me in Your plan.

Our Father, forgive me in Your patience.

Our Father, commit me to Your goodness.

Our Father, bond me to Your gladness.

Our Father, uphold me with Your promises.

Our Father, reshape me with Your powers.

Our Father, judge me in Your compassion.

Our Father, welcome me in Your condescension.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 9

O God, depart not from me, for my adversaries would take pleasure in my downfall, and thus it is right for me to pray unceasingly to You and to give no iota of consent to evil. One scratch ruins a fine painting, a weak log jeopardizes a sturdy homestead, and so I prefer to say: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

Create in me a pure heart, O God, for there are numerous impure choices which are not conducive to a life of prayer. Let me love truly and not superficially, let me give cheerfully and not begrudgingly, let me interact humbly and not hypocritically, and let me glorify You:

Glory to You, the God Who prepares me for eternity.

Glory to You, the Father Who cultivates me for spirituality.

Glory to You, for You do not disinherit those who praise You.

Glory to You, for You bless with riches those who dwell with You.

Glory to You, the God Who delivers me from evil.

Glory to You, the Father Who lifts me from misfortune.

Glory to You, for You do not disown those who magnify You.

Glory to You, for You fill with gladness those who walk with You.

Glory to You, the God Who allows me to look upward.

Glory to You, the Father Who sanctions me to move forward.

Glory to You, for You do not deny those who glorify You.

Glory to You, for You gather with joy those who realign with You.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 10

O God, You are indeed my God and the One God, and it is right for me to bow before You in recognition of Your sovereignty. Yea, obedience is a life-giving bread, and I am at Your disposal. I ask for forgiveness, I hope for eternal life, I desire to be of service, and I truly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, that I may know conquest over evil and triumph over worldliness, and that I may glorify You for this undeserved mercy. It is better for me to repent than to usurp Your mercy and forego purity of heart. Therefore, I will praise You while I have breath:

Sovereign God, be merciful to me.

Sovereign God, be faithful to me.

Sovereign God, lift me into Your Heaven.

Sovereign God, raise me before Your Throne.

Sovereign God, restore my life to illustrate Your forgiveness.

Sovereign God, save my soul to demonstrate Your authority.

Sovereign God, gather me with those who love You.

Sovereign God, unite me with those who please You.

Sovereign God, remove my disorders from me.

Sovereign God, expunge my maladies from me.

Sovereign God, make me capable of joy.

Sovereign God, render me suitable to serve.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 11

O God, You know the name of every human being, for You created each one, and it is right for me to pray to You from wherever I am at the moment. I am only one among the multitudes. Yet, You are always with me, and I pray for the many whom You put on my path, saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

Create in me a pure heart, O God, for people are to love one another and love is to be pure. May I be a blessing to those whom You put on my path and may they see Your image in me. To lose a soul is a great sin. May no one perish because of my iniquities, but may I uplift each soul:

Glory to You, the God Who is love.

Glory to You, the Father Who is pure.

Glory to You, for You do not withdraw from those who approach You.

Glory to You, for You bring together those who obey You.

Glory to You, the God Who is unchanging and eternal.

Glory to You, the Father Who is upright and bountiful.

Glory to You, for You do not withhold from those who need You.

Glory to You, for You assemble forever those who follow You.

Glory to You, the God Who is slow to anger.

Glory to You, the Father Who is quick to straighten.

Glory to You, for You do not recoil from those who entreat You.

Glory to You, for You preserve always those who extol You.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 12

O God, the end of life draws near and, since You are the God of Heaven and earth, it is right for me to worship You in the final hours. Let not my grave find me disfigured in sin, but washed clean in Your holy teachings and in Your indescribable mercy, and once again let me say: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and death shall have no power over me, for You shall receive my soul. I desire no praise from the world, while alive or after my departing, but only the salvation which comes from above. For this I pray, and for this reason I continue my praises to the finish:

Almighty Father, take me where there is no sorrow.

Almighty Father, turn me from all earthly suffering.

Almighty Father, send me to those who have gone before me.

Almighty Father, save me with those who will come after me.

Almighty Father, prepare me for my last moments.

Almighty Father, present me in a spotless robe.

Almighty Father, cause Your glory to shine within me.

Almighty Father, keep Your mercy glowing upon me.

Almighty Father, open Your sacred gates to me.

Almighty Father, offer Your green pastures to me.

Almighty Father, incline Your perfection toward me.

Almighty Father, entwine Your salvation around me.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Kontakion 13

O God, how grateful I am, how awestruck, that You are my God and it is right for me to love You. I repent of my sins. I pray for purity of heart. I humbly accept Your gifts because You are a generous God and to refuse would be wrong, and I simply say: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

(Repeat Kontakion 13 three times.)

Kontakion 1 (repeated)

O God, hear my supplications, for You created me and it is right for me to pray to You in repentance and hope. Though I carelessly stumbled, though I foolishly endangered my soul, though I neglected Your image in which I am made, I know that You are the True and Only God, and I humbly say:

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

Ikos 1 (repeated)

Create in me a pure heart, O God, as only You can do. May I never resign myself to the captivity of sin, the burden of dysfunction, or the emptiness of complacency. In Your compassion, O God, let me know gladness. Let me rejoice in Your purity, and I shall praise You the rest of my days:

Glory to You, the God Who gives me my life.

Glory to You, the Father Who renews my being.

Glory to You, for You do not forsake those who seek You.

Glory to You, for You are a refuge to those who love You.

Glory to You, the God Who shows me my path.

Glory to You, the Father Who upholds my steps.

Glory to You, for You do not reject those who follow You.

Glory to You, for You are a shield to those who obey You.

Glory to You, the God Who sends me my tasks.

Glory to You, the Father Who strengthens my resolve.

Glory to You, for You do not destroy those who beseech You.

Glory to You, for You are a rock to those who worship You.

Glory to You, O God, from everlasting to everlasting.

A Prayer

Create in me a pure heart, O God, for I wish to live in holiness and to die with a clean conscience. I behold Your works, I know You are the One God, and I exalt You before my loved ones as well as my adversaries. I arise to do Your will, and I rejoice to meditate on Your perfect ways. Forgive me and save me. Bless me and let me be a blessing to those around me, for the sake of salvation and to the glory of Your Name. Amen.

[Some of the material in this Akathist was adapted from the Psalms, including Psalms 51: 10 and 103: 17]

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