Akathist Hymn on Ten Icons of the Mother of God

Kontakion 1

O Mother of God, let us begin with gratitude for the wonders and blessings which you bestow upon those who venerate your icons. You have been a gracious harbor for mankind throughout the centuries, welcoming those who turn to you in prayer, and therefore we cry out:

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Ikos 1

No matter where we live, the world is filled with conflict. No matter who we are, the body deteriorates with infirmities. No matter how hard we try, we need the wisdom and strength of God in our daily life. O Mother of God, we pray to be worthy of your lovingkindness:

Help us, though we have repeatedly proven to be unworthy.

Help us, for all the saints were indebted to your vigilance.

Help us, though we have plunged from light into darkness.

Help us, for no sinner can be uplifted without your aid.

Help us, even if others sabotage our potential.

Help us, for only your acceptance is pure.

Help us, even if we suffered losses and heartbreak.

Help us, for every victory is the result of your care.

Help us, however tardy our repentance might be.

Help us, for joyful are those who partake of your riches.

Help us, however stormy our journey might have proceeded.

Help us, for glad are those who enter your harbor.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 2

O Mother of God, there was a river in the land of Russia which brought wreckage and death, due to a furious whirlpool. Yet, people of the nearby village needed to cross that river. It was there, sitting on the riverbank, that your icon was discovered, and all the villagers said: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

The icon became known as “The Rescuer of the Drowning,” and a church was later built at that place. The villagers as well as others travelling down the river would pray before your holy icon for safety. O Mother of God, we likewise implore your guidance and protection in all our ventures:

Help us, for bitter are the obstacles, but your love conquers.

Help us, for we pause before your icon and ask for endurance.

Help us, for weary are the oppressed, but your compassion rescues.

Help us, for we ponder on your mercies and we give thanks.

Help us, for everyone encounters the violent waters of the time.

Help us, for we sing of your glory despite the clamor of unbelievers.

Help us, for each person takes a position for or against redemption.

Help us, for we witness of your wonders amid the noise of complainers.

Help us, for deceptive are mankind’s arguments, but your light pierces.

Help us, for we approach your icon and pray for a pure heart.

Help us, for illusory are the world’s choices, but your demeanor beckons.

Help us, for we think on whatsoever things are true and extend goodwill.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 3

O Mother of God, in the village of Kozelschina, a young girl dislocated her foot bones, and treatment was unsuccessful. Then, her other foot. Next, her shoulders and hip. Her father took her to Moscow to see the experts, but to no avail. In her pain, little Masha bravely said: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

The girl and her mother cleaned the cloth covering their family icon of you, O Mother of God, and they prayed in dire need and with complete trust. Masha then regained strength and movement. Your icon became known as “Kozelshchansk” and you healed many more people:

Help us, for we are stricken beyond mortal comprehension.

Help us, for the more we suffer, the more we turn to you.

Help us, for we are subject to the world’s systems.

Help us, for the more others fail us, the more we trust in you.

Help us, for we are never bereft of holy aid.

Help us, for we can always pray under any extreme.

Help us, for we are not deprived of spirituality.

Help us, for we can still say “alleluia” in any predicament.

Help us, for our roughness is transformed by your beauty.

Help us, for our reactions are corrected by your purity.

Help us, for our agony is directed to your discernment.

Help us, for our abilities are found in your benevolence.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 4

O Mother of God, you are entrusted by your son and our God to hear the prayers of us sinners, for such is the inscription on your icon, “The Surety of Sinners.” It is your joy to hear our sincere supplications, and we therein receive joy through you, for you enable us to truly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

Many people, first among whom was a crippled child, received healing by praying before your icon. Included also were those who had been stricken with cholera. O Mother of God, how wondrous your love for us and how immense our gratitude today and forevermore:

Help us, that we may live in tranquility and thanksgiving.

Help us, that we may be of assistance to someone else.

Help us, that we may experience a springtime of vitality.

Help us, that we may hear as we have been heard.

Help us, that we may receive a foretaste of Heavenly joy.

Help us, that we may show compassion to the afflicted.

Help us, that we may go forth as we have been called.

Help us, that we may refrain from judging even ourselves.

Help us, that we may consider the lilies of the field.

Help us, that we may be about the Father’s business.

Help us, that we may behold another sunrise over the hills.

Help us, that we may be new creatures on a new day.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 5

O Mother of God, there was a prince, Saint Constantine, who brought your icon to the town of Murom where it served the purpose of enlightening the pagans within that territory. The icon is therefore known as “The Murom Icon,” and through it the unbelievers would soon say: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

At first, the pagans resisted Christianity and even plotted to kill Prince Constantine. But when they saw your holy icon, when they beheld your radiance of wondrous love, they were filled with repentance and goodwill. Through you, through your Son, the people of Murom were baptized:

Help us, though we are flung into a far corner.

Help us, for your Son is the Light of the World.

Help us, though we are covered thick with every sin.

Help us, for Christ came to give life more abundantly.

Help us, even if our cravings have broken us down.

Help us, for only with the Incarnation are we born again.

Help us, even if we knowingly walked into temptation.

Help us, for all slaves are freed through the Crucifixion.

Help us, however repulsive our sores and infections.

Help us, for thankful are those who are revived by your icons.

Help us, however insane our minds might have gone.

Help us, for freed are those who are included in your lineage.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 6

O “Mother of God of Sven,” we see that Saints Theodosius and Anthony of the Kiev Caves are depicted beside you. Now, Prince Roman of Chernigov went blind and had this icon brought to him by boat. After landing, the icon was left on the boat overnight, and all of Heaven said: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

The next morning, the icon was not in the boat but in a tree on a hill. Prince Roman promised to build a monastery there, and his sight was restored. The tree was cut into planks for painting more icons. O Mother of God, mysterious are the ways of God and wondrous is your love for us:

Help us, for lost are the blind, but your brilliance shows the way.

Help us, for we wish to see the Kingdom of Heaven.

Help us, for limited are the poor, but your icons enrich all who pray.

Help us, for we desire to do unto others as unto Christ.

Help us, for everyone must choose their ultimate values.

Help us, for we affirm the saints throughout the ages.

Help us, for each person must refuse whatever is false.

Help us, for we preserve truth with our words and deeds.

Help us, for destruction is earthly, but your splendor is everlasting.

Help us, for we build an inward chapel of prayer.

Help us, for deterioration is inevitable, but your glory is forever.

Help us, for we say, “Blessed are you among women.”

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 7

O Mother of God, there was a retired soldier whose life was devastated by alcoholism. He dreamed that an elder told him to go to a monastery in Serpukhov where he would find your icon, “The Inexhaustible Chalice.” With much difficulty, he made the journey and said: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

The monastery served a Molieben and the soldier was healed of all his maladies, and he returned home without difficulty. Since those days, many alcoholics and their loved ones have prayed, O Mother of God, for recovery from addictions and for stability in the home:

Help us, for we have not become what we were intended to be.

Help us, for the more we sink, the more we fathom your mercy.

Help us, for we feel an inner discord between sin and holiness.

Help us, for the more we awaken, the more we appreciate your aid.

Help us, for our defects can never extinguish your radiance.

Help us, for we can always pursue that which is right.

Help us, for our weaknesses cannot overthrow your blessedness.

Help us, for we can still receive that which is beneficial.

Help us, for we have strayed and yet you search for us.

Help us, for we thrive in our indebtedness to your compassion.

Help us, for we have succumbed and yet you reach out to us.

Help us, for we flourish in our gratitude for your forgiveness.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 8

O Mother of God, O Birthgiver and Ever-Virgin Mary, O Stewardess and Abbess of Mount Athos, we arrive at your icon of “Economissa.” You are depicted with Saints Athanasius of Mount Athos and Michael of Synnada beside you, and therefore all the monks do say: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

The monks had deserted the construction of the Great Lavra for lack of food and supplies, whereupon Saint Athanasius sadly resigned himself to reality. Yet, you appeared to him and filled the barns, O Mother of God, therein establishing yourself as the only Stewardess of the monastery:

Help us, that we may partake in your generous provisions.

Help us, that we may drink from your healing springs.

Help us, that we may increase our barns with your meekness.

Help us, that we may enlarge our monasteries with your wisdom.

Help us, that we may honor the saints who honored you.

Help us, that we may be united with the faithful in Heaven.

Help us, that we may nourish one another with true words.

Help us, that we may show sacred hospitality to every inquirer.

Help us, that we may do only that which is divinely inspired.

Help us, that we may do everything with our whole being.

Help us, that we may live without attachment to earthly things.

Help us, that we may share our advantages with others.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 9

O Mother of God, during an All Night Vigil in Constantinople, the church having filled with worshippers, you appeared and spread your veil over them for protection. Thus, the feast of “The Protection of the Mother of God.” Oh, hear us, accept us, and protect us, for we say: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

This event was witnessed by Saint Andrew the Fool-for-Christ and his disciple, Saint Epiphanius; and you were surrounded by many saints, including Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Theologian. O Mother of God, count us among those love you and who want salvation:

Help us, though we are rejected by the popular circles.

Help us, for your Protection will keep us on the straight path.

Help us, though we are crippled by our own sinful tendencies.

Help us, for your maternal splendor will guide us in discipleship.

Help us, even if we do not understand everything right now.

Help us, for only your love is worth pursuing.

Help us, even if it seems we are judged quickly and unfairly.

Help us, for every Christian must learn contentment.

Help us, however impossible our situations might appear.

Help us, for all things are possible for those who love God.

Help us, however unlikely our survival might have seemed.

Help us, for your Protecting Veil is all that we could want.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 10

O Mother of God, it was Elder Ambrose of Optina who blessed the painting of your icon, “The Multiplier of Wheat,” also known as “The Provider of Bread.” You are depicted on a cloud, overlooking sheaves of wheat, for you commiserate with those who labor and who say: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

We pray for our daily bread, yet we live not by bread alone but by every word of God. O Mother of God, through you, through Christ, we receive the Body and Blood as well as everything necessary for a life of prayer and service. We therefore arise to another day of fruitfulness:

Help us, for hungry are the seekers, but your intercession restores.

Help us, for we pray to be found faithful throughout the years.

Help us, for thirsty are the laborers, but your demeanor refreshes.

Help us, for we strive to be fruitful until the end of our days.

Help us, for we esteem our ancestors who upheld truth for us.

Help us, for everyone can find a friend in the saints.

Help us, for we admire the holy ones who prayed to God for us.

Help us, for each person needs to be healed in many ways.

Help us, for gloomy are the dysfunctional, but you enliven with hope.

Help us, for we believe, “Whom shall I fear?”

Help us, for bleak are the naysayers, but you invigorate with courage.

Help us, for we concur, “Be strong, do not fear!”

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 11

O Mother of God, we turn your icon, “The Consolation in Afflictions and Sorrows,” which traveled from place to place and brought blessings to those who beseeched your help. People were healed in the land of Russia and on Mount Athos, and the multitudes gratefully said: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

In this icon you are standing regally, holding your Son, and surrounded by saints including George and Demetrios, John the Baptist and John the Theologian, Nicolas the Wonderworker and others. O Mother of God, we who are afflicted and sorrowful implore your great mercy:

Help us, for we have been left at the wayside.

Help us, for the more we die, the more we live for your healing.

Help us, for we have been cast away as worthless.

Help us, for the more we perish, the more we dwell in your holiness.

Help us, for we are never alone in our travails.

Help us, for we can always join with those who venerate you truthfully.

Help us, for we are not forsaken in our turbulence.

Help us, for we can still enter the desert and find you in tranquility.

Help us, for our purpose is united to your obedience.

Help us, for our tasks are undertaken with your permission.

Help us, for our strength is derived from your loyalty.

Help us, for our journey is directed by your integrity.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 12

O Mother of God, let us conclude by thanking you again for all that you have given us: for your unceasing guidance and untiring protection, and for your salvific intercessions and plentiful provisions. We are freed and therefore indebted, and we wholeheartedly say: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

To live in thanksgiving is to live in humility and joy, for we acquire these qualities as we turn to your icons and realize your treasury of care for us sinners. You commiserate with our struggles, you open doors that were closed to us, and therein we know love and truth:

Help us, that we may discover you in every place.

Help us, that we may behold you in every situation.

Help us, that we may recognize your work in every person.

Help us, that we may perceive your healing in every affliction.

Help us, that we may commend ourselves to your care, to Christ.

Help us, that we may establish ourselves in the truth, in the Church.

Help us, that we may yield ourselves unto your purity, unto God.

Help us, that we may prepare ourselves for eternal joy, for Heaven.

Help us, that we may offer the labor of merciful love.

Help us, that we may renounce the enticements of vainglory.

Help us, that we may contribute the fruits of repentance.

Help us, that we may scorn the profits of worldly conformity.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Kontakion 13

O Mother of God, let our agony be replaced with hope, let our sins be abolished with the rising of the sun, and let our praises be unified before your holy icons. You have nourished us with everlasting wheat, and hence we rejoice in your great mercy. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

(Repeat Kontakion 13 three times.)

Kontakion 1 (repeated)

O Mother of God, let us begin with gratitude for the wonders and blessings which you bestow upon those who venerate your icons. You have been a gracious harbor for mankind throughout the centuries, welcoming those who turn to you in prayer, and therefore we cry out:

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

Ikos 1 (repeated)

No matter where we live, the world is filled with conflict. No matter who we are, the body deteriorates with infirmities. No matter how hard we try, we need the wisdom and strength of God in our daily life. O Mother of God, we pray to be worthy of your lovingkindness:

Help us, though we have repeatedly proven to be unworthy.

Help us, for all the saints were indebted to your vigilance.

Help us, though we have plunged from light into darkness.

Help us, for no sinner can be uplifted without your aid.

Help us, even if others sabotage our potential.

Help us, for only your acceptance is pure.

Help us, even if we suffered losses and heartbreak.

Help us, for every victory is the result of your care.

Help us, however tardy our repentance might be.

Help us, for joyful are those who partake of your riches.

Help us, however stormy our journey might have proceeded.

Help us, for glad are those who enter your harbor.

Help us, O Mother of God, for your purity holds a treasury of healing.

A Prayer

O Mother of God, help us who call upon you, for we venerate your icons and we thank you for allowing us to pray in your glorious presence. You are the Mother of God, a giver of icons for our rescue and healing, and through you, through Christ, we fulfill our Heavenly purpose on earth. Help us, that we might always live in humility and gratitude. Amen.

 

[The icons are listed in the order of their feast days: Kozelshchansk – 02/21, Surety of Sinners – 03/07, Murom – 04/12, Sven – 05/03, Inexhaustible Chalice – 05/05, Economissa – 07/05, Protection – 10/01, Wheat – 10/15, Consolation – 11/19]

[Bible quotations in this Akathist are from: Luke 1: 42, Psalm 27: 1, Isaiah 35: 4 – NKJV]

Disclaimer: This Akathist was written as a matter of personal faith and historical reports and/or legends. The author cannot guarantee that the reading or praying of this Akathist will result in the healing of body, mind, or soul, rescue from harm or danger, resolution of any matters, or alleviation of any kind of hardship or pain whatsoever. If this Akathist is read as a prayer, then such a standpoint is within the context of the reader’s personal approach to God and the reader’s belief system. The author is not responsible for the use or misuse of this Akathist.

 

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