April 3, 2020 - The Akathist Hymn

April 3, 2020

Prayer during pandemic illness
(of the new Coronavirus that has fallen upon us)

The Akathist Hymn

The might and the fortress of the human race, O Undefiled.
Rejoice, holy place of glory, slayer of Hades, and bridal chamber of light.
Rejoice, delight of the angels.
Rejoice, helper of those who pray to you faithfully. (Ode 5)

Rejoice, Bride of God, who carried in your womb the healer of the human race. Rejoice, O mystical rod that blossomed the flower that will never wilt. Rejoice, O Lady, through whom we are filled with joy and inherited eternal life. (Ode 7)

The dead have been given life by your power, for you gave birth to the spiritual life. They who once were speechless now are eloquent. Lepers are cleansed and diseases are exterminated. The multitude of aerial spirits are defeated, O Virgin, man's salvation. (Ode 8)