Akathist Hymn Asking God for Faith

Kontakion 1

Our Heavenly Father, how merciful and patient You are! We implore You, as Your children who confess You and worship You, to sustain our faith during times of suffering. Lest we become negligent, we beseech You also for growth in faith during times of fortune, as we proclaim:

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

 Ikos 1

Before time but acting within time, the Holy Trinity has aided mankind to fulfill all holiness and fruitfulness. Even as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love one another perfectly and equally, we aspire to come together and praise the God Who means all things to our good:

Glory to You, for You created Adam and Eve in Your image.

Glory to You, for they spoke with You in a garden of fruitful trees.

Glory to You, for Enoch lived many years and had sons and daughters.

Glory to You, for he walked with You and then he was not.

Glory to You, O God Who nourishes with plants and fruits.

Glory to You, O God Who blesses with faith and wisdom.

Glory to You, for You instructed Noah to build an ark before the flood.

Glory to You, for he received Your covenant as sealed by the rainbow.

Glory to You, for You promised Abraham numerous descendants.

Glory to You, for he also gained Your riches of livestock, silver, and gold.

Glory to You, O God Who rewards those who follow Your divine plan.

Glory to You, O God Who prospers those who trust in Your goodness.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 2

Our Mighty God, we thank You for bringing life into existence, and for doing so with all love and holiness. It is within Your nature to be pure, but we have defiled ourselves with transgressions and faithlessness. Hence, we hasten to You for forgiveness, that we may gladly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

We do not boast in our intellect or works, as though separate from God’s mercy. We do everything within  faith, through holy confidence, and for the joy of being alive in the God of our fathers and forefathers. We ask for that faith which enables us to please God with our whole being:

Glory to You, for in faith we pray and sing praises to Your glory.

Glory to You, for we are made partakers of Your purity.

Glory to You, for in faith we say and do everything in Your Name.

Glory to You, for we are meant to experience Your ways for us.

Glory to You, O God Who forgives our countless trespasses.

Glory to You, O God Who prepares us for eternity in Heaven.

Glory to You, for with faith we can move mountains.

Glory to You, for blessed are the pure in heart.

Glory to You, for with faith we can bear abundant fruit.

Glory to You, for blessed are the merciful.

Glory to You, O God Who hearkens to every prayer of the repentant.

Glory to You, O God Who uplifts every seeker of the Kingdom.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 3

Our Immortal God, One God in Three Persons, distinct yet one in essence, the Son begotten of the Father, the Spirit proceeding from the Father, uncreated and co-eternal, none other besides You and therefore Jesus is before Abraham — our faith is in You and we truly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

Let us repent of any failure in faith, renouncing idolatry and distraction, asking God to create a clean heart within us, pursuing the righteousness of the saints and the continuity of the apostles, delighting in the truth of the Gospel and the accounts of God’s mercy:

Glory to You, for Matthew opens the treasures of discipleship.

Glory to You, for You are the God of all gifts and blessings.

Glory to You, for Mark sends light into our blindness.

Glory to You, for You are the God of all vitality and joy.

Glory to You, O God Who illuminates our mind and heart.

Glory to You, O God Who reveals truth and bestows love.

Glory to You, for Luke spreads glad tidings upon our being.

Glory to You, for You generously give forth what is good for us.

Glory to You, for John proclaims the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Glory to You, for You aptly pour out what is healing to our soul.

Glory to You, O God Who knows every person on earth.

Glory to You, O God Who gathers His saints in Heaven.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 4

Our Sovereign God, the only God of the entire universe, we bow before You as humbled prodigals and yet we run to You as children to their True Father. We believe in You, but even the devil believes that You exist. We therefore pray for true belief and genuine devotion, and we say: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

We hear the sacred words of the Apostle Paul who defines faith as the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. Yea, the God of the universe is the only creator and boundless fulfillment of humankind, and to this God we offer unceasing prayers:

Glory to You, for You are unchanging and constant.

Glory to You, for we wish to become what You intend us to be.

Glory to You, for You are perfect and holy.

Glory to You, for we desire union with You in eternal blessedness.

Glory to You, O God Who never fails.

Glory to You, O God Who never lies.

Glory to You, for You are compassionate and abundant.

Glory to You, for we repent of our malice and wastefulness.

Glory to You, for You are all-knowing and all-seeing.

Glory to You, for we renounce our conceit and biases.

Glory to You, O God Who always upholds.

Glory to You, O God Who always fulfills.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 5

Our Eternal God, how wondrous and marvelous You are! Whether we are in the prime of life or in our twilight years, or a young person just starting out, we pray for vigorous faith as we journey through the challenges and seasons of life, and we gratefully say: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

May we ask and receive, for we endeavor to ask rightly, and may we live according to that which we have acquired from God: the hearing of His word and the message of the Gospel unto all faith and righteousness. Let us redeem the time that remains and do His perfect will:

Glory to You, for You are the God of the poor in spirit.

Glory to You, for we love You with all our heart, soul, and mind.

Glory to You, for You are the God of those persecuted for righteousness.

Glory to You, for we have no other gods but God the Father.

Glory to You, O God Who Is That He Is.

Glory to You, O God Who is True God.

Glory to You, for You make us worthy to call upon You.

Glory to You, for there is no happiness outside of You.

Glory to You, for You make us beautiful in Your sight.

Glory to You, for there is no holiness apart from Your ways.

Glory to You, O God Who lacks nothing.

Glory to You, O God Who is complete.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 6

Our Living God, the apostles asked Your Son, Jesus Christ, for an increase in faith, and they were given the example of the mustard seed. We know that the mustard seed is tiny and yet has within it great capability to be productive and ample, and to this the apostles said: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

Let us therefore ask for acceptable faith, sincere and heartfelt, earnest and courageous, profound and excellent, simple and pure, and fruitful and beneficial. Yea, let us ask in all readiness to be like the mustard seed and to fulfill our potential as God designed each of us to be:

Glory to You, for You brought us into being out of nothing.

Glory to You, for You are ever-existing.

Glory to You, for You had pity when we failed to live as we were meant.

Glory to You, for You are perfect love.

Glory to You, O God Who invites us to return to worship.

Glory to You, O God Who raises us up from dishonor.

Glory to You, for You deliver us from our iniquities.

Glory to You, for You are tender in Your mercy.

Glory to You, for You bless us with unity and victory.

Glory to You, for You are exalted in Your majesty.

Glory to You, O God Who was pleased with creation.

Glory to You, O God Who saves the fallen human race.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 7

Our Ineffable God, the Apostle Peter was established in faith through the prayers of Jesus Christ. We see that Peter’s faith was in jeopardy, because the devil wanted to have him. Peter was inflated with a pride which failed him under stress, but then he gained true faith and said: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

Thus, we pray for the faith of others: for our loved ones and for those facing persecution, for our peers and for those under attack by the devil, for our enemies and for those living contrary to the ways of God, for the clergy and monastics, and for our nation:

Glory to You, for our love for one another begins in You.

Glory to You, for we are under evil attack and need support.

Glory to You, for our example of repentance rests in Peter.

Glory to You, for we see the good impact of prayer upon faith.

Glory to You, O God Who responds to humility and gratitude.

Glory to You, O God Who overflows with pity and mercy.

Glory to You, for our prayers for one another rise to Heaven.

Glory to You, for we are tempted sorely and need reinforcement.

Glory to You, for our inspiration to serve is found in Christ.

Glory to You, for we see the triumph of prayer over the adversary.

Glory to You, O God Who leads us in conquest.

Glory to You, O God Who involves us in holiness.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 8

Our Glorious God, we turn again to the Apostle Paul who declared that we walk by faith and not by sight. Yea, we walk with the God of Paul and of all the apostles, in succession of the teachings Christ revealed to them and which they imparted to us, that the whole Church may say: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

If we walk with God, then we proceed by our faith in God and all that He is and that He promises, and not according to the unholy sights and sounds of the world, not joining ourselves to falsehood and trends, not altering the Gospel and the Church, but always growing in holiness:

Glory to You, for You give us the witness of the apostles.

Glory to You, for in faith they glorified You with their words and deeds.

Glory to You, for You give every new Christian the same truths.

Glory to You, for in faith we do not vaunt ourselves but offer You thanks.

Glory to You, O God Who is before the ages.

Glory to You, O God Who cultivates each generation.

Glory to You, for You make us a people who were not a people.

Glory to You, for blessed are the meek.

Glory to You, for You make us to live above worldly diversions.

Glory to You, for blessed are the peacemakers.

Glory to You, O God Who already knows what we need.

Glory to You, O God Who reaches every person in a fitting way.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 9

Our Only God, because we love You, we want to please You as children to their Father, as creatures to their Creator, as worshippers to their God, and as the people of Your Kingdom. When we accomplish works, we do so from commandment and not vanity, so that we can rightly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

It is impossible to please God without faith in Him. Our faith is our stability in an ever-changing and often hostile world. In faith we can do His will despite any troubles, for He Is Who He Is, and we are His, and in faith we also behold His image in others and contribute to their development:

Glory to You, for You open a path in the mire of obstruction.

Glory to You, for with You all things are possible.

Glory to You, for You show forth love in unexpected places.

Glory to You, for with You sinners undergo holy transformation.

Glory to You, O God Who is for us.

Glory to You, O God Who is with us.

Glory to You, for in Your will we find direction.

Glory to You, for the Gospel says, “Thy will be done.”

Glory to You, for in Your calling we become holy.

Glory to You, for it is written, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Glory to You, O God Who forms us in love.

Glory to You, O God Who guides us in truth.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 10

Our Benevolent God, how plentiful and generous You are! We pray for eyes and ears unto salvation of soul. May we be healed of all ignorance and propaganda, of lack of understanding and discernment, so that we may spiritually see and hear in faith, and continue to say: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

When the hemorrhaging woman touched the fringe of Christ’s garment, He perceived that power had gone forth from Him. Christ acknowledged the woman’s faith and He called her “daughter.” In like manner, may we hear Christ calling each one of us into the Kingdom of God:

Glory to You, for You restore our purpose and meaning.

Glory to You, for we alienated ourselves in lack of faith.

Glory to You, for You renew our obedience and dedication.

Glory to You, for we impoverished ourselves in lack of gratitude.

Glory to You, O God Who includes the last one.

Glory to You, O God Who embraces the far off.

Glory to You, for You see with immeasurable perception.

Glory to You, for You extend Your mercy broadly.

Glory to You, for You hear with unfathomable comprehension.

Glory to You, for You implant Your healing deeply.

Glory to You, O God Who is everywhere.

Glory to You, O God Who is present.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 11

Our Inexhaustible God, when Your Son, Jesus Christ, rebuked the wind and stilled the sea, He showed us that Christians are beset with storms in this life. Yet, in faith, we shall not succumb but turn to You and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and we shall arise in Your strength and say: Alleluia.

 Ikos 11

We can have faith or fear, we can thrive or perish, we can be holy or vain, but let us choose the ways of God and not the deceits of the world. If we must suffer, then may our suffering not cast us into desolation but may we draw close to God and trust in His divine authority:

Glory to You, for You are the God of those who mourn.

Glory to You, for we recognize our sins and the plight of the world.

Glory to You, for You are the God of those who hunger for righteousness.

Glory to You, for we pray for ourselves and for all humankind.

Glory to You, O God Who calms our agitation.

Glory to You, O God Who fulfills our trust.

Glory to You, for we are never alone in our sufferings.

Glory to You, for we receive spiritual healing at Your discretion.

Glory to You, for we are never deprived in our surroundings.

Glory to You, for we discover our true being at Your disposal.

Glory to You, O God Who quiets our distress.

Glory to You, O God Who nurtures our soul.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 12

Our Magnificent God, we have heard of the ten lepers who were healed and only one turned back to say thank-you, while the others used their gain for their own ends. Yea, not only was that one leper healed of a disease, but he was made whole for his faith, and he said: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

Let us therefore give thanks for all our advantages and use them to the glory of God and for the building up of His Kingdom. Let us also give thanks in times of tribulation, knowing that God will lead us to victory and that nothing shall prevail against the Church:

Glory to You, for You attend to those who are horribly stricken.

Glory to You, for You show everyone a path to spirituality.

Glory to You, for You give to those who sincerely seek.

Glory to You, for You show us the way of faith and thanksgiving.

Glory to You, O God Who loves creation.

Glory to You, O God Who pities affliction.

Glory to You, for it pleases You to make us whole.

Glory to You, for we need You always.

Glory to You, for it gladdens You to accept our contrition.

Glory to You, for we worship You forever.

Glory to You, O God Who receives our praise.

Glory to You, O God Who accepts our service.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

Kontakion 13

Our Abundant God, we thank You for all Your ways. We desire to do Your will, achieving works according to the teachings of the Gospel, and in faith pursuing our day-to-day interactions and activities. Most of all, through Your great mercy, we shall always say: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

(Repeat Kontakion 13 three times.)

Kontakion 1 (repeated)

Our Heavenly Father, how merciful and patient You are! We implore You, as Your children who confess You and worship You, to sustain our faith during times of suffering. Lest we become negligent, we beseech You also for growth in faith during times of fortune, as we proclaim:

Glory to You, Lord God , worthy of faith throughout the ages.

 Ikos 1 (repeated)

Before time but acting within time, the Holy Trinity has aided mankind to fulfill all holiness and fruitfulness. Even as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love one another perfectly and equally, we aspire to come together and praise the God Who means all things to our good:

Glory to You, for You created Adam and Eve in Your image.

Glory to You, for they spoke with You in a garden of fruitful trees.

Glory to You, for Enoch lived many years and had sons and daughters.

Glory to You, for he walked with You and then he was not.

Glory to You, O God Who nourishes with plants and fruits.

Glory to You, O God Who blesses with faith and wisdom.

Glory to You, for You instructed Noah to build an ark before the flood.

Glory to You, for he received Your covenant as sealed by the rainbow.

Glory to You, for You promised Abraham numerous descendants.

Glory to You, for he also gained Your riches of livestock, silver, and gold.

Glory to You, O God Who rewards those who follow Your divine plan.

Glory to You, O God Who prospers those who trust in Your goodness.

Glory to You, Lord God, worthy of faith throughout the ages.

A Prayer

Hear us, O God, for we are Your people and we are jubilant to be Your people, as well as humbled and grateful. We ask You for ongoing growth in faith and for the capacity to encourage one another. We pray to choose life, to cherish Your gifts, and to flourish in forgiveness and mercy. Amen.

[Bible references include Genesis 1-2, 5:19-21, 6:19-21, 7-9, 12-13; Exodus 3:14; Matthew 9:22, 21:21, 26:42; Mark 4:40, 9:24, 11:22; Luke 11:9-10, 17:5, 22:32; Romans 10:17; II Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:1, 6; James 2:19; I Peter 1:16]

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