As a follow-up to our talk on the “Akathist to the Theotokos,” on March 16th, the group took a trip to St. Silouan the Athonite Mission Parish, where we participated in the singing of the Akathist service.
The Akathist Hymn, which we sang according to their tradition for the 4th Friday in Lent, was combined with the Small Compline service and a Canon. At the conclusion, we were invited to each receive a flower and be blessed with myrrh from a Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God that had previously visited the parish.
We finished off the evening with some food and a time of fellowship at Prohibition Gastrohouse on Queen Street E.
We are thankful to St. Silouan’s (http://www.stsilouan.org/) for their hospitality and for the opportunity to participate in this beautiful service of devotion to Our Lady.
(To learn more about the Akathist to the Theotokos, feel free to visit http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Akathist.htm)