ΜΑΡΙΟΣ ΦΡΑΓΚΟΥΛΗΣ -Ο Ακάθιστος Υμνος- AKATHIST-STANDING UP ‘ΤΗ ΥΠΕΡΜΑΧΩ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΩ’ – TI YPERMACHO STRATIGO!
The anthem is called “Akathist” standing up  , maintained by the faithful during the chanting. The faithful sang the Akathist hymn standing, under the conditions considered first chanted, while the congregation watched upright and sequence of the feast of the Annunciation , in which the anthem was connected  .
Portable icon of Panagia Vlacherniotissa, carried by the Crusaders in the San Marco of Venice in 1204
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In the year 626 , while Emperor Heraclius led campaign of the Byzantine army against the Persians, the Istanbul suddenly besieged by the Avars  . Knowing the absence of the army, the Avars rejected any ceasefire proposal and August 6 occupied Vlahernes . In collaboration with the Persians, the night of 7 to 8 August, preparing for the final assault, while the Patriarch Sergius ran around the city walls with the image of Our Lady of Vlachernitissa and encouraged the people to resistance. That night, terrible tornado, which was attributed to divine assistance, has created a storm and destroy the enemy fleet while counterattack of blockers caused huge losses to the Avars and the Persians, who were forced to lift the siege and leave empty handed.
“Tῇ ypermachῳ stratigῷ winning,
As lytrotheisa suffering thanksgiving,
Indication thee Citizens Theotokos you.
But as having the state aprosmachiton,
EC Padoa with risk of release,
INA caw thee; Hail, Bride anymfefte “.
On August 8 , the City had been saved from the greatest threat as it’s history. The people wanted to celebrate his salvation, which attributed to assistance of Mary, gathered at the Church of Our Lady of Blachernae. Then, according to tradition, standing crowd chanted since the so-called “Akathist Hymn” to Mary, giving the “winning” and gratitude “tῇ ypermachῳ stratigῷ”.
In the prevailing view, could not be synthesized in the hymn overnight. So, was probably composed earlier and even considered sung in this temple in the vigil of 15 August each year. Just that day hymn chanted “orthostadin” and replaced the hitherto preamble (“The prostachthen secretly handles knowingly”) with the currently used as “Tῇ ypermachῳ stratigῷ Winning”, which gave the doxological and laudatory tone in until then narrative and doctrinal hymn.
But according to other historical sources, the Akathist connected with other similar events, such as the siege and the salvation of Constantinople on the Emperors Constantine Pogonatos ( 673 ), Leo the Isaurian ( 717 – 718 ) and Michael III ( 860 ) . Given the then historical conditions ( iconoclastic controversy , etc.), it is considered unlikely that the delivery had not altered the historical reality, which makes it very difficult to say with certainty what was the historical context of the creation of the hymn.