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Saints Maura and Timothy

May 3 is the feast of Saints Timothy and Maura, a young married couple that lived in third century Egypt. The painting accompanying this post is The Martyrdom of Timothy & Maura by Henryk Siemiradzki, about which more is said below.

Timothy was a church lector in Penapeis, located in the southernmost region of ancient Upper Egypt, which Emperor Diocletian created as the province of Thebais. He was responsible for reading the Scriptures to the people of his village at a time when many were illiterate, and he was charged with the duty of keeping the holy writing and liturgical books safe during the persecutions Diocletian unleashed against the faith.

In the year 286 he married a 17-year-old woman named Maura. Only twenty days later Timothy was betrayed to Arian, the Governor, as a teacher of Christians. Arian commanded that Timothy surrender his sacred books. He refused, comparing it to a father’s giving up his children to death. For this answer he was subjected to cruel tortures but would not yield. Arian summoned Maura and appealed to her love for Timothy and her desire for domestic happiness and children, expecting that she would persuade her husband to worship the idols. She confessed herself a Christian, thereby exposing herself to torture, and remained steadfast.

Eventually the Governor ordered that the young couple be lifted on two crosses facing each other. That is the scene depicted in the painting accompanying this post by Henryk Siemiradzki. In it we see Timothy raised to his suffering as Maura awaits the same fate, her cross being prepared before her on the ground. The Governor is seated next to a bust of Diocletian gesturing toward Maura – perhaps a final futile attempt to persuade her to yield.

For several days the young couple prayed together, sang hymns, and encouraged each other as they suffered for Christ. When one was weak, the other would be strong, reminding the beloved of what Christ suffered and the promise of their future life. Ultimately, both found themselves welcomed into the arms of Christ as glorious martyrs. The witness of their courage and joy so inspired their torturer that he soon became a Christian, was himself martyred, and is venerated as Saint Arian of Alexandria (not to be confused with the heretic and founder of Arianism who was also from Alexandria).

Though they shared conjugal life for less then one month, Timothy and Maura set an example for generations to follow. They understood the meaning and purpose of marriage: to share a common path of holiness, encouraging one another in all things, and sharing the joy of the deepest of human friendships. In the great Pauline expression, they were “subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21.  

The Synaxarion of the day proclaims: “On May 3, we commemorate the holy martyrs Timothy and Maura. For the sake of Christ who stretched out his hands on the Tree, on the third, the executioner makes the wondrous Timothy and Maura stretch out on the cross. By their holy prayers, O our God, take pity on us and save us. Amen.”

Today we celebrate the beauty of Christian marriage and ask for the intercession of Maura and Timothy on behalf all married couples.

The Martyrdom of Timothy And Maura by Henryk Siemiradzki
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Today: Celebrate Mid-Pentecost


Divine Liturgy for Mid-Pentecost will be celebrated today – Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 5:30 pm.

This celebration always falls on the Wednesday after the Sunday of the Paralytic and marks the middle point of the Paschal Season between Easter and Pentecost.

After Jesus healed the paralytic at the pool of the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem, the Pharisees and Scribes, moved with envy, sought to kill him, using the excuse that he healed on the Sabbath. So Jesus departed from Jerusalem and Judea into Galilee.

But then, at about the middle of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, he returned, went up to the Temple, and taught. Marveling at the wisdom of his words many Jews asked, “How does he know scripture without having studied?”

Jesus then demonstrated that his healing of the paralytic on the Sabbath was no offense. “I performed one work and all of you are amazed because of it. Moses gave you circumcision – not that it came from Moses but rather from the patriarchs – and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If a man can receive circumcision on a Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I made a whole person well on a Sabbath? Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly.” (John 7:21-24). [Note: Jesus was here referring to the law of Moses in Leviticus 12:3, which commanded circumcision on the eighth day, and was unfailingly carried out even if it fell on the Sabbath]

Because these words were spoken by Christ at the mid-point of the Feast of Tabernacles and referenced his healing of the Paralytic, the Church has appointed the mid-point between Easter and Pentecost, falling during the week commemorating the cure, as an occasion uniting the two feasts. For that reason it is called “Mid-Pentecost.”

Come celebrate this day with us.

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Frankie’s Fun Festive Food Fundraiser! Sunday 6/13/2021

St. Ann welcomes back Frankie’s of Brookfield for a great afternoon

Frankie’s of Brookfield will return to Saint Ann with their ever popular hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Frankie’s owners, Paul and Tommy Martelli, are again donating their delicious food, time and services to help our parish raise funds for our many needs and causes.

A parish outdoor picnic will begin immediately following Divine Liturgy. 

Join us and bring your family and friends to the patio as Frankie’s Fabulous Food Truck brings their famous cuisine to our little corner of God’s Vineyard.

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Christ is Risen!

Truly, He is Risen!

We wish all parishioners and friends of St. Ann the joy of a blessed and holy Paschal season.

Aleut:Khristus anahgrecum!Alhecum anahgrecum!
Albanian:Krishti U Ngjall!Vertet U Ngjall!
Arabic:El Messieh kahm!Hakken kahm!
Armenian:Kristos haryav ee merelotz!Orhnial eh harootyunuh kristosee!
Bulgarian:Hristos voskrese!Vo istina voskrese!
Byelorussian:Khrystos uvaskros!Saprawdy uvaskros!
Chinese:Helisituosi fuhuole!Queshi fuhuole!
Coptic:Pchristos aftooun!Alethos aftooun!
Czech:Kristus vstal a mrtvych!Opravdi vstoupil!
Danish:Kristus er opstanden!Ja, sandelig opstanden!
Dutch:Christus is opgestaan!Ja, hij is waarlijk opgestaan!
English:Christ is risen!Indeed He is risen!
Eritrean-Tigre:Christos tensiou!Bahake tensiou!
Estonian:Kristus on oolestoosunt!Toayestee on oolestoosunt!
Ethiopian:Christos t’ensah em’ muhtan!Exai’ ab-her eokala!
Finnish:Kristus nousi kuolleista!Totisesti nousi!
French:Le Christ est réssuscité!En verite il est réssuscité!
Gaelic:Taw creest ereen!Taw shay ereen guhdyne!
Georgian:Kriste aghsdga!Cheshmaritad aghsdga!
German:Christus ist auferstanden!Wahrlich Er ist auferstanden!
Greek:Christos anesti!Alithos anesti!
Hawaiian:Ua ala hou ‘o Kristo!Ua ala ‘I ‘o no ‘oia!
Hebrew:Ha Masheeha houh quam!Be emet quam!
Hungarian:Krisztus feltamadt!Valoban feltamadt!
Ibo ( Nigeria):Jesu Kristi ebiliwo!Ezia o’ biliwo!
Indian (Malayalam):Christu uyirthezhunnettu!Theerchayayum uyirthezhunnettu!
Indonesian:Kristus telah bangkit!Benar dia telah bangkit!
Italian:Cristo e’ risorto!Veramente e’ risorto!
Japanese:Harisutos Fukkatsu!Jitsu ni Fukkatsu!
Javanese:Kristus sampun wungu!Tuhu sampun wungu!
Korean:Kristo gesso!Buhar ha sho nay!
Latin:Christus resurrexit!Vere resurrexit!
Latvian:Kristus ir augsham sales!Teyasham ir augsham sales vinsch!
Norwegian:Christus er oppstanden!Sandelig han er oppstanden!
Polish:Khristus zmartwyckwstal!Zaprawde zmartwyckwstal!
Portuguese:Cristo ressuscitou!Em verdade ressuscitou!
Romanian:Hristos a inviat!Adevărat a înviat!
Russian:Khristos voskrese!Voistinu voskrese!
Sanskrit:Kristo’pastitaha!Satvam upastitaha!
Serbian:Hristos vaskrse!Vaistunu vaskrse!
Slovak:Kristus vstal zmr’tvych!Skutoc ne vstal!
Spanish:Cristo ha resucitado!En verdad ha resucitado!
Swahili:Kristo amefufukka!Kweli amefufukka!
Swedish:Kristus är uppstånden!Han är sannerligen uppstånden!
Syriac:M’shee ho dkom!Ha koo qam!
Tlingit:Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot!Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot!
Turkish:Hristos diril – di!Hakikaten diril – di!
Ugandan:Kristo ajukkide!Kweli ajukkide!
Ukrainian:Khristos voskres!Voistinu voskres!
Welsh:Atgyfododd Crist!Atgyfododd yn wir!
Zulu:Ukristu uvukile!Uvukile kuphela!
Hillside at Springtime (Little Landscape)
Laszlo Mednyanszky 1904
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Today at Saint Ann: Guided Examination of Conscience & Sacrament of Penance

Father Tom will offer a guided Examination of Conscience and the Sacrament of Penance in the church today from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Conscience, Judas
Nikolai Ge 1891
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Good Friday Services, Guided Examination of Conscience & Sacrament of Penance (Confession)

Services at Saint Ann for Good Friday include the Royal Hours at noon, the Descent from the Cross, Burial (Junaaz al-Maseeh), Matins & Procession with the Tomb beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Holy Saturday, we will celebrate the Blessing of the New Light and Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil at 10:00 a.m.

Later in the day on Saturday, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., there will be an opportunity for everyone to return to the quiet church to participate in a guided Examination of Conscience and to receive the sacrament of Penance in final preparation for our celebration of Great Feast of Pascha, which will begin with the Hajme service at 10:00 p.m.

Please join us.

Entombment of The Christ
Viktor Vasnetsov
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Holy Week & Paschal Services at Saint Ann

Complete your Lenten journey with us – Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Paschal Services – all are welcome:

Lazarus Saturday, 3/27/21
  • Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 am.
Palm Sunday, 3/28/21
  • Prothesis/Preparation of the Holy Gifts – before the Royal Doors @ 10:00 am.
  • Procession with Palms and Divine Liturgy @10:30 am.
Great and Holy Monday, 3/29/21
  • Bridegroom Matins @6:30 pm.
Great and Holy Tuesday, 3/30/21
  • Bridegroom Matins @6:30 pm.
Great and Holy Wednesday, 3/31/21
  • Blessing of Oil and Anointing Service @ 6:30 pm
Great and Holy Thursday, 4/1/21
  • Divine Liturgy @ 10 am.
  • Service of the Twelve Gospels and Crucifixion @ 6:30 pm
Great and Holy Friday, 4/2/21
  • Royal Hours @ 12:00 noon
  • Descent from the Cross, Burial (Junnaaz al-Maseeh), Matins & Procession @ 6:30 pm.
Great and Holy Saturday, 4/3/21
  • Blessing of the New Light and Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 am.
  • Guided Examination of Conscience & Sacrament of Penance (Confession) @ 3:00-5:00 pm.
Pascha, the Feast of the Holy Resurrection
  • Hajme, followed by Orthros and Divine Liturgy, Saturday 4/3/21 @10:00 pm.
  • Paschal Divine Liturgy, Sunday 4/4/21 @ 10:00 am.

Franz Stuck, Crucifixion 1913

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Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy @ 9:00 a.m.

Father, I thank You that You have heard me. I knew that You hear me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that You did send me.

Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead at Bethany is celebrated in Eastern churches on the Saturday immediately preceding Palm Sunday.

St. Ann celebrates this miracle in the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The story of Lazarus’ resurrection four days after his entombment is told in the Gospel of Saint John (John 11:1–44):

Mikhail Nesterov, The Raising of Lazarus 1900

Now a certain man was ill, Laz′arus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Laz′arus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Laz′arus. So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go into Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, “Our friend Laz′arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Laz′arus is dead; 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Laz′arus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled; 34 and he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Laz′arus, come out.” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

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The Feast of the Annunciation & the Miracle of Life

St. Ann celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation with Vespers for the feast on Wednesday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy on Thursday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m.

When the angel Gabriel announced to the Mary that she had been chosen by God to become the Theotokos (Mother of God), she responded surely, with great faith: “Let it be so according to your word.” With her acceptance, the eternal God was conceived in her womb. In that moment the course of human history changed, because His conception was the moment at which God assumed human nature and form.

Jesus’ birth revealed the mystery of His incarnation to the world, but it was at His conception that this mystery was first accomplished.

The deepest meanings of the Feast of the Annunciation have anchored important Christian practices and beliefs through the ages. Here is a passage from the website of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton regarding our contemporary observances of this feast day:

The mystery we celebrate on March 25 has been recognized as an important milestone for two very different groups of people. Many pro-life parents throughout the world have begun to celebrate their children’s First Days, nine months before their birthdays. In this they are rejecting the secular culture’s contention that a fetus is a “part” of the mother which only “becomes human” later in its development.

Christian pro-lifers accordingly keep the Feast of the Annunciation as the First Day of the Incarnate Word. They encourage its observance as a sign that the Christian community recognize and honor the conception and prenatal life of the Lord. If believers do not celebrate the conception of One who was foretold and announced by an angel, they reason, why should the world esteem the coming of its unwanted children?

In 1998 Argentina became the first nation to commemorate March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child. Since then many other countries with a Hispanic culture (e.g. Central and South America, the Philippines) have done the same. In Spain the day was given a wider focus. Their International Day for Life encourages recognition of the dangers of euthanasia, embryo experimentation and other challenges to the sanctity of life.

In the United States groups including the American Life League, the Knights of Columbus and Priests for Life have prompted observance and public recognition of this day.

In 2010 Christians and Muslims in Lebanon responded to the hostilities between these groups in other countries by joining forces to declare March 25 a national holiday celebrating the place of the Virgin Mary in Christianity and in Islam. The initiative for this Islamic-Christian Day came from a Sunni Sheikh, Mohammed Nokkari, and an inter-faith group centered in the College of Notre Dame in Jamhour, near Beirut. Their annual gathering on the Annunciation, “Together Around Our Lady Mary,” led to civic recognition on the national and local level. In Beirut the plaza in front of the National Museum has been designated the “place de Marie,” featuring a stylized sculpture of the Virgin surrounded by a crescent, the international symbol of Islam.


In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38

Henry Ossawa TannerThe Annunciation, 1898

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Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Wednesdays During Lent


St. Ann continues its weekly Lenten celebrations of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (also referred to as the Presanctified Liturgy) is a liturgical service focused on the distribution to the faithful of Holy Eucharist which has been previously transformed through the gifts of the Holy Spirit during a celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

The Church recognizes two truths of human nature in its offering of the Presanctified Liturgy.

First, the Church recognizes that, regardless of liturgical season, the Divine Liturgy is always celebrated in a festal manner. Because the sobriety of the Lenten season does not lend itself to festal celebration, the Divine Liturgy is not celebrated on weekdays during Lent, except for the Great Feast of Annunciation on March 25. Sundays, however, are always reserved for the festal celebration of the Divine Liturgy, even during Lent. In order to nourish the faithful with the body and blood of Christ on weekdays during the time of the fast, Holy Eucharist sanctified at the previous Sunday’s Divine Liturgy is distributed within an evening prayer closely resembling vespers. This Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is traditionally attributed to Saint Gregory the Dialogus, better known as Saint Pope Gregory the Great, who had served as the papal legate to Constantinople in the late 6th Century.

Second, the Church recognizes that during Great Lent faithful Christians are on a journey of repentance, fasting, and intensified prayer, and therefore it offers us the Presanctified Liturgy to encourage our frequent reception of communion, a practice that is especially helpful to our souls during this time.

Although the Presanctified Liturgy can be celebrated with liturgical correctness on any weekday during Great Lent, the service is usually celebrated on the Wednesdays.

Now the powers of heaven invisibly worship with us; for behold, the King of Glory is coming in. Behold the completed mystical sacrifice in procession! Let us approach with faith and longing that we may become partakers of life everlasting. Alleluia.

Great Entrance hymn, Presanctified Liturgy

You can read more about the Presanctified Liturgy on the website of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, here.

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History & the Bible Come Alive: Crash Course in Salvation History Starts Sunday

History and the Bible will come alive in unexpected ways as Fr. Tom offers a fun crash course in Salvation History – the storyline from creation to the Birth of Christ.

Do you read the Old Testament and find yourself asking: “What is happening?” Does the connection between the Old Testament and the New Covenant of Jesus Christ seem obscure? Why the seemingly endless genealogies….. and who the heck is Melchizedek?

What, when and who are the Patriarchs, Moses, the Burning Bush, Passover, the Golden Calf, the Tabernacle, the Ark, the Lampstand, the Holy of Holies, Aaron, the Kings, Solomon’s Temple, the Levitical priesthood, the United and Divided Kingdoms, the Prophets, the double exile and the return, and the rebuilding of the Temple.

How does salvation history relate to the conquest of Israel by the Assyrians, followed close on by conquest of Judea by the Babylonians, Persians, Alexander the Great, and the Romans?

How is it all pointing to Jesus Christ?

When: Four consecutive Sunday afternoons @ 5:00 pm: February 21 & 28 and March 7 & 14.

Where:

Required Materials: A Bible – the best version is the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) but any version will suffice.

Supplemental Materials: Helpful maps, timelines, diagrams, charts and outlines are available here.

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Join us for the Akathist to the Mother of God – Fridays during Lent @ 5:00 p.m.

Saint Ann prays the Akathist to the Theotokos on Friday nights during Great Lent. This year the service will begin at 5:00 p.m. on the consecutive Fridays of February 19 & 26, and March 5, 12, & 19.

Please join us – lift your soul with prayer!

A much loved hymn to the Mother of God is sung during the Akathist service – Triumphant Leader. The hymn commemorates an event in ancient Byzantium that demonstrated enormous devotion to and faith in the Theotokos:

“While the Emperor of Byzantium Heracleios was on an expedition to fight the aggression of the Persians on their own grounds, there appeared outside the walls of Constantinople barbaric hordes…. The siege lasted a few months, and it was apparent that the outnumbered troops of the Queen City were reaching desperation. However as history records, the faith of the people worked the impossible. The Venerable Patriarch Sergius, with the Clergy and the Official of Byzantium Vonos, endlessly marched along the great walls of Constantinople with an Icon of the Theotokos in hand, and bolstered the faith of the defenders of freedom. The miracle came soon after. Unexpectedly… a great storm with huge tidal waves destroyed most of the fleet of the enemy, and full retreat ensued.” The faithful of Constantinople spontaneously filled the Church of the Theotokos at Vlachernae on the Golden Horn, and with the Patriarch Sergius officiating, they prayed all night singing praises to the Virgin Mary without sitting. Hence the title of the Hymn “Akathistos“, in Greek meaning ‘not seated‘. [Quoted with appreciation from orthodoxchristian.info]

Listen to this beautiful hymn, according to the Melkite usage, here sung by Raja Hourani, here sung by Fr. Justin Rose, a Melkite priest, and here sung by the choir of St. George Melkite Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Many other beautiful prayers are sung during the Akathist Hymn, such as this one:

St. Ann again this year welcomes donations towards the flowers that surround the icon of the Theotokos during the weekly Akathist services. Several weeks for this year have already been spoken for, so contact Fr. Tom (pastor@saintann.org) if you’d like to honor the Theotokos through this special gift to the parish. You can also make donation for this purpose via the parish’s Paypal buttons, found on the Home page and Giving page of this website; if you do, please be sure to indicate on the dropdown menu that your gift is for the Flowers .