Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday of the Akathist of the Mother of God

Joyous feast! Today's feast of the Akathist of the Mother of God was established on this the fifth Saturday of Lent to commemorate the Theotokos' deliverance of Constantinople from a Persian army in 625 and her defense of the city against attacking Arab Muslim armies in 655 and 705. The original Akathist, dedicated to the Mother of God, originates in this period in the praises of the people of Constantinople for the Mother of God's deliverance of the city. May her protection and intercessions be with us all!

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