Sunday of Orthodoxy

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is celebrated the first Sunday of Lent. This commemorates the day when the Seventh Ecumenical Council ended the iconoclast controversy and allowed the use of images in worship, when it proclaimed:

We define that the holy icons, whether in color, mosaic, or some other material, should be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on the sacred vessels and liturgical vestments, on the walls, furnishings, and in houses and along the roads, namely the icons of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, that of our Lady the Theotokos, those of the venerable angels and those of all saintly people. Whenever these representations are contemplated, they will cause those who look at them to commemorate and love their prototype. We define also that they should be kissed and that they are an object of veneration and honor (timitiki proskynisis), but not of real worship (latreia), which is reserved for Him Who is the subject of our faith and is proper for the divine nature, ... which is in effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the icon, venerated in it the reality for which it stands.

As some of y'all know, I've done some research on the subject of iconography for graduate school, examining how icons are used to communicate faith and tradition. To read more about the original posting from 2006, click here.

3 Response to "Sunday of Orthodoxy"

  1. boone moye 9/2/08 10:42
    next time i spend saturday night on king i may check you guys out cannot be far from the mills house
  2. Anonymous 9/2/08 11:42
    Just a few blocks up from the Post and Courier
  3. linda Riney 9/2/08 23:39
    As a Roman Catholic with a true sense of history and tradition, I have always had an affinity for the pureness and congruence of the Eastern Church. And besides, the Eastern Church has, by far, the coolest threads.

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