see Akathistos Hymn
a song of praise in twelve parts that glorifies the Savior, the Mother of God, a saint
A Service consisting of many hymns of praise to the Saviour, the Virgin Mary or some Saint, sung in Church or at home. The word is from the Greek word meaning not to sit.
a special, lively service to Jesus Christ, the mother of God, or a saint during which one should stand; literally, “not sitting.
The Akathist (Î‘ÎºÎ±Î¸Î¹ÏƒÏ„Î¿Ï‚ Î¥Î¼Î½Î¿Ï‚, unseated hymn) is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The akathist par excellence is that written in the 6th century to the Theotokos. In its use as part of the Salutations to the Theotokos service (used in the Byzantine tradition during Great Lent), it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, Chairetismoi and Madayeh, respectively.