How to read akathist?
Akathist call praise sing in honor of the Mother of God, Savior or other saints. Like many religious traditions, the akathist reading has its own characteristics and rigid traditions. Let's deal with how akathist to read.
Any akathist consists of 25 songs, which are arranged in accordance with the Greek alphabet. Thirteen of them are called kondakas (laudatory song), and twelve are called icods (extensive song), which give an explanation of the essence of the festive event. It is because of this that the ikos are never read on their own, but only after reading the kondak. All ikos ends with the word "rejoice," and at the end of the kodaks you can always hear "hallelujah", which means "praise God." After reading the kondak, there is always an ikos, which, as a rule, is divided into two parts. The last line of the kondak is considered an appeal to the person to whom the song is dedicated. By tradition, it is repeated three times in a row. After the Akathist is always followed by the reading of the prayer.
An interesting fact is that the akathist is not the biography of the saint, but merely an expression of praise in the form of a verse hymn.
Rules of reading Akathist
What akathist to read - a person can choose. Frequently, akathists are always dedicated to those whose help is currently needed by the believer. However, the most popular is the akaphist of the Most Holy Theotokos, who has not changed since the distant 620. He sings only once a year, on the Saturday of the fifth week of Great Lent. This day is called the “Saturday of Akathist”.
Akathist in translation from the ancient Greek language means "non-sedative singing." And, indeed, it is not permissible to listen or read an akathist, while an exception is made only for sick people. When reading the Akathist, one must face the icon of the saint to whom the song is dedicated. If there is no such possibility, then the reading of the akaphist is permissible while standing facing the window.
In addition, the reading of the Akathist is related to private, in other words, home prayers. Therefore, it is possible to read an akathist at home, without receiving the priest's blessing on it. Before reading, read the intended prayer (morning or evening), and only then go to the song itself.After you finish the akathist, you should read the prayer to the guardian angel. Remember that an akathist is, first of all, a song of praise, so it’s not the most important thing about how well you will read it, but what you will have in your mind and thoughts during this reading.
So, I hope, now you know how to read akathist correctly. But remember that even if you break some rules of reading, this is not the worst thing. Only evil deeds and thoughts of man are terrible.