Akathist Service on Wednesdays
This Wednesday evening instead of vespers we are planning to celebrate the Akathist service: “Glory to God for all things.” This was composed by a Russian Orthodox priest in a Communist prison camp shortly before he died a martyr for the faith. It is an incredibly beautiful service of thanksgiving and one of my favorite church services. I have it on CD and listen to it all the time. Personally, it helps me practice having an attitude of thanksgiving. The benefits of this attitude are great! Thanksgiving is opposite to depression, anxiety, anger, etc. It tends to neutralize negative feelings and replace them with positive ones. Who can’t benefit from this?
It is our plan to have an Akathist service periodically on Wednesday evenings, eventually working up to every two weeks once the choir and myself can get the services all prepared. We will do several different types of Akathist including the above Akathist of thanksgiving, the Akathist to the Theotokos, and the Akathist to our Lord Jesus. I really want to encourage attendance at these, especially if you sing in the choir – as it is our plan to eventually make a recording. The great thing is that all the Akathists use the same melody. So attending any of them will help you sing the others.