About the Akathist to Jesus, Light to Those in Darkness: Eventually, everyone comes to dwell in darkness for a time. That is when we need to turn to Jesus, the only Light of the world and the only rescue for those in pain and despair. We break through the darkness by offering praise to God. This akathist is for all who sojourn in the darkness, with the prayer that they will use such praises as this to break through. About the Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos, Daughter of Zion: Zion in the Old Testament is a type of the Holy Mother of God. As God chose to dwell in Zion and thus blessed and glorified her, so God also chose to dwell in Mary and to bless and glorify her. In the New Testament, Jerusalem is revealed as both a virgin and a mother—just like the Holy Theotokos. This akathist draws on scriptures that reveal this image of Mary as Zion, so that we may see anew Christ’s Gospel work revealed in the Old Testament.