Akathists to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit?
Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:38 PM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:20 PM
There is also a category of Orthodox hymns dedicated to the Holy Trinity which are sung at Matins during the Canon(s), which express what the Church teaches about the Trinity. These hymns are known by their Greek or Slavonic names of Triadika/Troitsny. And the three feasts of the Church which are explicitly Trinitarian in content are Theophany (the Baptism of Christ), the Transfiguration of the Lord, and, of course, Pentecost (The Descent of the Holy Spirit).
Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:32 PM
If you read Orthodox prayers and the text of the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, you will find that the Father and the Holy Spirit are frequently mentioned. Every day, we pray to the Holy Spirit, 'Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth . . . ' as well as the 'Our Father'. It is the Holy Spirit Who effects the change of the gifts of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. There is also an Akathist to the holy Spirit in the second volume of Akathists published by Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville.
[Posted before seeing Olga's post.]
Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:33 AM
In the Orthodox Church all prayer is Trinitarian. We pray in the Holy Spirit, through Jesus the Son of God, and in his name, to God the Father. We call God “our Father” because Jesus has taught us and enabled us to do so. We have the capability of addressing God as Father because we are made sons of God by the Holy Spirit (see Rom 8).
Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:51 AM
O Lord, Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, have compassion and mercy on Thy sinful servant and pardon my unworthiness, and forgive me all the sins that I humanly committed today, and not only humanly but even worse than a beast - my voluntary sins, known and unknown, from my youth and from evil suggestions, and from my brazenness, and from boredom. If I have sworn by Thy Name or blasphemed it in thought, blamed or reproached anyone, or in my anger have detracted or slandered anyone, or grieved anyone, or if I have got angry about anything, or have told a lie, if I have slept unnecessarily, or if a beggar has come to me and I despised or neglected him, or if I have troubled my brother or quarrelled with him, or if I have condemned anyone, or have boasted, or have been proud, or lost my temper with anyone, or if when standing in prayer my mind has been distracted by the glamour of this world, or if I have had depraved thoughts or have overeaten, or have drunk excessively, or have laughed frivolously, or have thought evil, or have seen the attraction of someone and been wounded by it in my heart, or said indecent things, or made fun of my brother's sin when my own faults are countless, or been neglectful of prayer, or have done some other wrong that I cannot remember - for I have done all this and much more - have mercy, my Lord and Creator, on me Thy wretched and unworthy servant, and absolve and forgive and deliver me in Thy goodness and love for men, so that, lustful, sinful and wretched as I am, I may lie down and sleep and rest in peace. And I shall worship, praise and glorify Thy most honourable Name, with the Father and His only-begotten Son, now and ever, and for all ages. Amen.
I suspect that if one trawled through the vast treasury of Orthodox prayers, hymns and services, a multitude of prayers to the Holy Spirit would be found. Similarly, prayers to the Father are commonly found, for example the prayers (two different ones in the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and of St Basil the Great respectively) said by the priest at the bowing of our heads after the Lord's Prayer.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:53 AM
If you have the book of prayer by St Isaac of Syria's his prayers are based solely on God and doesnt really mention the Trinity.
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