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Akathistos Hymn
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[German Version]

, Gk ʾΑκάθιστος ῞Υμνος, “not sitting,” i.e. a song of praise and thanksgiving to the mother of God, sung standing, that lauds the mystery of the incarnation of God. The original Akathistos Hymn contained a proemium and 24 alphabetical strophes that ended alternately with the refrain χαῖρε, νύμφη ἀνὐμφευτε (chaire, nýmphē anýmpheute) or ʾΑλληλούϊα (Allēlouia). The Akathistos Hymn was apparently composed anonymously in the 5th/6th or 7th century in the Christian East as a kontakion. There is some dispute as to whether it should be attr…

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Schneider, Johann, “Akathistos Hymn”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00322>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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