Christian Cyclopedia

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(Lat., from Gk. akathistos sc. [hymnos], “not sitting,” i. e., standing; Akathist). Byzantine liturgical hymn or office, sung standing, in honor of Mary, another saint, or Christ. Esp. a certain hymn of 24 stanzas (each beginning with a different letter of the Gk. alphabet) based on the gospel accounts of Christ's birth; written perhaps by Sergius* (d. 638) or Germanos* I.

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