Prayer Books
Akathist of Repentance, For One Who Has Aborted a Child
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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This tearful, cleansing lamentation comes from the heart of a believing Orthodox person.  With hope, she tenaciously clings to her Saviour with the boldness of one who knows the ultimate greatness of Christ's forgiveness.  Not attempting to hide from Christ's gaze the magnitude of her sinful actions, the writer of this akathist fully presents her fallenness to the Lord without leaving unspoken even a trace for which the demons might accuse her at the Last Judgment.  And out of the fullness of her repentance, in this liturgical expression of sorrow, she can freely call out:

O Lord, my Lord, my Joy, have mercy on me who am fallen.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to Almighty God, For Help in Trouble
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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When faced with difficulties (whether great or small) this akathist not only brings solace to the soul but helps in strengthening one's faith in the merciful providence of our loving Lord.

O Lord, my Lord, my joy, grant that I may rejoice in Thy mercy!

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to Jesus Christ, For a Loved One Who has Fallen Asleep
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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Anyone grieving over the loss of a loved one will truly find comfort here--for oneself and for the dearly beloved one who has departed.  A thoughtful gift to give at funerals.

Jesus, All-merciful Judge, vouchsafe Thy servant (handmaiden) "Name" the sweetness of Paradise.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to Jesus, Conqueror of Death
St. Nikolai (Velimirovich)
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This Akathist to Jesus, Conqueror of Death, was prayerfully and masterfully written by St. Nikolai, the Bishop of Ohrid.  Earlier he had composed and published his famous Prayers by the Lake.  Soon after being issued, the Prayers were very cordially and thoughtfully introduced and praised by Hiermonk Justin Popovich, at that time in a professor of St. Sava Theological Seminary.

Probably in response to the sincere presentation of the Prayers by the Lake, Bishop Nikolai in his own hand wrote this highly poetic and deeply theological Akathist to the Resurrected Christ, in a notebook on pages without lines, inscribing at its end:

Composed and dedicated to Hieromonk Justin by monk Nikolai.  Pascha, 1923.

This manuscript notebook with the Akathist has been kept up to the present day in the personal library of Father Justin the New of Celije, of blessed memory [now canonized by the Church].

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to Martyr Varus, Holy Intercessor for Family Members Who Reposed Outside of the Orthodox Faith
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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One often hears converts to Orthodoxy express their sorrow that there are no Orthodox prayers one may offer on behalf of their beloved relatives who have departed this life outside the Church.  Over the past several years a wondrous fervor of veneration for the holy Martyr Varus has blossomed forth, especially in Russia, as a heavenly intercessor for those who died outside the Faith. The memorable Patriarch Alexis II noted:  "Chapels are being built in honor of the martyr Varus, and icons are being painted.  From his life it follows that he possessed a special desire to pray to God for those who died unbaptized."

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to St. Luke, the Blessed Surgeon, Compassionate Healer
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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In response to the numerous prayer requests for those facing surgery, we are pleased to offer this Akathist to St. Luke, the Blessed Surgeon.  St. Luke of Simferopol--the renowned surgeon and revered hierarch of the Church--was a true father, shepherd and healer for the faithful through decades of Communist persecution.  His grace-filled skill as a surgeon, even in the worst conditions, brought healing to countless people wherever he was--whether in one of the great hospitals or in exile, operating on a wooden table with only a pocket knife.  Miracles still abound through the grace of his intercession, and thousands flock to his holy relics.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to Sts. Peter & Fevronia, Protectors of Orthodox Marriage
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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For centuries, the faithful of Russia have honored Sts. Peter and Fevronia as patrons of honorable marriage.  A few years ago, the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, in honor of Orthodox family life, was established, fittingly acknowledging these righteous saints as protectors.  On this day, special petitions for the preservation of Orthodox marriage are included in the Liturgy and a special prayer, invoking the intercession of Sts. Peter and Fevronia, is said at the conclusion of the service. (This prayer is included at the end of the Akathist.)

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Guardian Angel, Who Keepeth Unceasing Watch Over One's Life
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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These prayers instill a sincere gratitude for the tireless vigilance and care of one's Guardian Angel, awakening an awareness of their ever-present closeness.

Rejoice, O Angel of the Lord, my tireless Guardian!

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Mother of God "Pantanassa", Healer of Cancer
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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Hundreds of mothers faithfully take this little book in hand to pray daily for their children by name. This akathist may also be used to pray for grandchildren and godchildren.

Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven
and make them heirs of eternal blessings.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Mother of God, The Inexhaustible Cup
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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Written to the miracle-working icon of the same name, this akathist appeals to the Virgin for help in healing those addicted to alcohol or drugs; it may be prayed either by those suffering from addiction or by another person on their behalf.  Many miraculous healings have occurred through the grace of this holy icon.

Rejoice, O Sovereign Lady, Thou Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst!

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Righteous Joachim & Anna, For Blessed Married Life
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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"O my beloved sojourners struggling to remain upon the 'narrow path' to Paradise, how desperately we need to set before us these Intercessors as examples to imitate, for it is difficult to find lives imbued with integrity in today's world," writes Father Demetrios Carellas in the Preface.

This publication is offered so as to invoke the wonderful intercession of these righteous Ancestors of God; as an aid for those desiring to overcome childlessness; and for the strengthening of the marriage bond.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Theotokos, Healer of Hardened Hearts
Ancient Faith Publishing
ISBN 978-1-944967-63-5
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Tender hearts don't last long in this world, but God wants us to be as loving and open as His Mother.  Who better to ask for intercession for our broken, hardened hearts than the Mother of Love incarnate?  This Akathist gives us a way to ask for healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation with the One who loves us most.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Akathist to the Venerable Father Paisius (Velichkovsky)
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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Our Father among the Saints, the Great Schema-Archimandrite Paisius (1722-1794), truly is, as this akathist says, a "chosen commander of spiritual warriors, guide and all-wondrous shepherd of monks, who through the writings of the Fathers fed our souls."  And he feeds us yet today, through his writings, his witness, and most importantly through his heavenly intercession.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Canon of Prayer, For Those Who Have Ended Their Own Life
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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This Canon of Prayer is to be said on behalf of one who has taken his or her own life.  Intended for devotional (private) use, it is offered with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco.  The Introduction, written by Bishop Irenei of London, provides a sober, yet mercifully compassionate, voice from the Church.  For ease of use, there are two sections:  one intended for the soul of a man, and the other for the soul of a woman.

What is a Canon?  A canon is a structured hymn used in a number of Orthodox services. It consists of nine odes, sometimes called canticles or songs depending on the translation, based on compositions (also called odes) found in the Bible and, with one exception, the Old Testament.  (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Canon_(hymn))



Canon to our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt, Humble Victor over Carnal Passions
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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Our nation is being devastated by a great spiritual tsunami of lustful passions.  As Fr. Demetrios Carellas writes in the Introduction: “May this Canon to St. Mary, and the Spirit-filled prayers at the end, help us in our efforts to keep our souls from sinking under this soul-destroying tsunami.  May we also offer it as an intercession for others who are under the control of this demonic weapon of mass destruction, and who—at present—do not have the desire, or strength, to escape its terrible impact on their souls.”  Includes a prayer against internet pornography.

What is a Canon?  A canon is a structured hymn used in a number of Orthodox services. It consists of nine odes, sometimes called canticles or songs depending on the translation, based on compositions (also called odes) found in the Bible and, with one exception, the Old Testament.  (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Canon_(hymn))



Canon to the Lord, For a Sick Child
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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This deeply moving canon of prayer eloquently expresses the heart-felt anguish of anyone in need of praying for a sick child.  Includes a full introduction of insightful counsels by a Russian Orthodox Priest-Pediatrician, and the following prayers at the end:  Prayer for a Sick Child, Prayer for a Child Suffering Great Pain, Prayer of Thanksgiving for Healing.

O Lord, show the power of Thy mercy!

What is a Canon?  A canon is a structured hymn used in a number of Orthodox services. It consists of nine odes, sometimes called canticles or songs depending on the translation, based on compositions (also called odes) found in the Bible and, with one exception, the Old Testament.  (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Canon_(hymn))



Commemoration Book For Personal Prayers
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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A small booklet for writing down the names of your loved ones, living and departed.  Certain pages are designed with headings such as, O Lord, have mercy on the suffering, sick children, pertaining to various akathists.



Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth
Vassilios Papavassiliou
ISBN 978-1-936270-77-4
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The author of the popular Meditations for Great Lent takes us through the hymnography, scripture readings, and iconography for the forty days leading up to the Nativity of Christ, showing how a full understanding of the Incarnation can enrich our spiritual lives.

 



Meditations for Great Lent: Reflections on the Triodion
Vassilios Papavassiliou
ISBN 978-1-936270-60-6
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The Lenten Triodion exhorts us, “Let us observe a fast acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.”  Using hymns from the Triodion and the Scripture readings appointed for the season, Meditations for Great Lent shows us how to make our fast acceptable: to fast not only from food but from sin; to fast with love and humility, as a means to an end and not an end in itself.  Keep this gem of a book with you to inspire you for the Fast and to dip into for encouragement as you pursue your Lenten journey.

 



Meditations for Holy Week: Dying and Rising with Christ
Vassilios Papavassiliou
ISBN 978-1-93627088-0
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Archimandrite Vassilios brings his liturgical and devotional insights and warm, accessible style to bear on the services of Holy Week, helping the reader enter fully into this most rich and intense period of the Christian year.

 



Meditations for Pascha: Reflections on the Pentecostarion
Vassilios Papavassiliou
ISBN 978-1-936270-25-5
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Far from being merely a “vacation from fasting,” the Pascha season is a time that, properly understood, can greatly enrich our faith.  During the Pascha season, we celebrate and rejoice in our Lord’s Resurrection and we prepare for the great feast of the Holy Spirit descending upon us.

 



Meditations for the 12 Great Feasts: Becoming Fully Human in Christ
Vassilios Papavassiliou
ISBN 978-1-936270-26-2
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This volume completes the popular Meditations series by taking a brief look at each of the major feasts of the church year.  Fr. Vassilios brings out the gems embodied in the church's hymnography to enhance our understanding and participation in these milestones of our salvation.  The subtitle of the book is:  Becoming Fully Human in Christ.  Other titles in the series include:  Meditations for Great Lent (Reflections on the Triodion); Meditations for Holy Week (Dying and Rising with Christ); Meditations for Pascha (Reflections on the Pentecostarion); and Meditations for Advent (Preparing for Christ's Birth).

 



Orthodox Christian Prayers
St. Tikhon's Monastery Press
ISBN 978-1-7328522-1-1
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Edited by Hieromonk Herman and Priest John Mikitish, this richly illustrated, pocket-size, prayer book adopts the familiar translation of the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press' 1982 edition, refining its language where necessary and presenting it in the elegant typography that defined St. Tikhon's popular Hieratikon.  Encased in a soft imitation leather cover with convenient marking ribbons, Orthodox Christian Prayers is made to be passed on from generation to generation.

 



Paraklesis & Akathist to Our Holy & God-Bearing Father Nikiforos the Leper & Wonderworker
Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring
ISBN 978-1-732-5403-1-6
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Saint Nikiforos was known for his gentleness, humility, submission, unceasing prayer and obedience.  He was never demanding, even though his fingers and toes were eaten away by the sickness [leprosy], leaving him unable to walk and greatly handicapped.  The Holy Spirit endowed him with the gift of helping those who suffer.  Multitudes of people, especially youth, would come to take his blessing and find consolation.  Patients of the institution also enjoyed his fatherly love and care.  However, his main occupation was noetic prayer of the heart, watchfulness and hesychia.  Saint Nikiforos learned the prayer from Saint Anthimos, and in turn taught it to Father Evmenios, for whom he was a spiritual guide until his repose in the Lord on January 4, 1964, at the age of 74.  He also directed Father Evmenios to care for his holy relics, which were later exhumed and found to be fragrant and miracle-working.

Rejoice, true namesake of victory.**
** The name Nikiforos in Greek means "victory-bearer."

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Saint Herman of Alaska: His Life & Service
St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood & Archbishop Alypy (Gamanovich)
ISBN 978-1-887904-18-6
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Troparion, in Tone 4
Blessed ascetic of the northern wilds * and gracious intercessor for the whole world, * teacher of the Orthodox Faith, * and good instructor of piety, * adornment of Alaska and joy of all America, * holy Father Herman, * pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



Service & Akathist to our Father among the Saints, John, Archbishop of Shanghai & San Francisco, the Wonderworker
Russkiy Pastyr Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9826003-1-3
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Let us hymn John, the holy hierarch of Christ, the advocate given us by God, who, applying himself to unceasing prayer, and strengthened by the serving of the Liturgy and communion of the most holy Mysteries, went forth bravely to his labor, hastening to the homes of the suffering and to those treated in hospitals.  Wherefore, revealed as sanctified and merciful, he was vouchsafed from on high the gifts of healing and clairvoyance; and now, in heaven, he prayeth with boldness for the salvation of our souls.

Rejoice, O holy hierarch, father John, speedy helper amid misfortunes!

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



The Holy Great Martyr & Healer Panteleimon: His Life & Akathist
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
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Saint Panteleimon was a young medical student in the 4th century Roman capital, Nicomedia.  His strongest desire was to help the suffering.  When he encountered Christ in a miraculous way, he fervently devoted himself to his new-found Savior.  And what is more, he found that Christ would answer his prayers and heal man and animal without the need for him to use medical remedies.  His heart replete with compassion, he freely offered healing to all who entreated him--for he freely received from Christ the gift of healing.

We magnify thee, O holy passion-bearer, great martyr and healer Panteleimon,
and we honour thy precious sufferings, which thou didst endure for Christ!

What is an Akathist?  An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The word akathist itself means "not sitting." (Source:  https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist)



This Was From Me
St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
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This pocket-sized booklet is a letter which the Saint sent to his spiritual child, a bishop who was in a Soviet prison at the time, as a consolation and counsel that God the Creator addresses to man's soul.

A comfort and an inspiration!



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