What is the Akathist?
The Akathist (or Medayeh in Arabic), is a hymn composed in the sixth century by St. Romanos the Melodist, in honor of Mary, the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ. By magnifying her, we honor her Son, in beautiful song. We also ask for her intercessory prayers as we conclude a week of our Lenten journey.
Lenten Thought for the Day
"When fasting is understood in a true, Christian sense and not in a legalistic, pharisaical way, then the forgiving of insults and abstaining from covetousness are a fast, and this the most important fast, or, if you wish, the greatest fruit of fasting. For indeed, there is very little value in abstaining from food without abstinence from the returning of insult for insult and the illusion of earthly riches." -- St. Nicholai of Zica
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian)