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Offline Parc Mogorios

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Mother of God akathistos cult in medieval times
« on: December 20, 2005, 10:05:28 AM »
Hello again,

The remark: Akathistos frescoes illustrating the akathistos strophes suddenly appeared in just a couple of fourteenth-century Greek churches and in more Slavic monasteries. Just a few examples: St. Nicholas Orphanos, Decani, Markov,Matejca, St. Kliment in Ohrid, Cozia (in Romania), Ferapont (in Russia).

Now the question: why was there such a surge in illustrating the akathistos to the Mother of God in the
fourteenth-century? Does it have to do with a cult of the Mother of God among the Slavic peoples (beautiful examples of akathistos frescoes also among Romanian churches, who are not Slavic but who nevertheless received the liturgy probably from Bulgarian priests)?

Thank you for reading my question.

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Re: Mother of God akathistos cult in medieval times
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2005, 06:38:55 PM »
The Akathistos was immensly popularised during this time coming from Byzantine influence in Constantinople. The people of the city were praying in fear as the enemy was advancing near the walls of the city. Basically they prayed an abbreviated version of the Akathistos led by the Patriarch and the Theotokos saved them from perdition. This happened a century or even a couple centuries before the Turks overtook the City (I forgot the exact date). Also the chant "To you the champion Leader" (Ti Ipermaho) was written in comemoration of this specific event.

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Re: Mother of God akathistos cult in medieval times
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005, 09:20:05 PM »
Hello,

Thank you kindly for answering.

It's true what you say about the popularization of the akathistos in Constantinople in the 7th. century.
But what about the fact that there are no churches with akathistos frescoes in Constantinople? Why are they all in Slavic countries and they first appear in the fourteenth-century?


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Re: Mother of God akathistos cult in medieval times
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2005, 05:26:46 PM »
Remember, there are myriads of churches in Asia Minor which have been completely demolished by the Turks which is why perhaps there are few or no icons of the Akathistos still left.