Wednesday, April 24 2024
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Sunday of Orthodoxy today

Orthodox Icons
 
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 A.D. is the restoration of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726 A.D., was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy."
 
It is the celebration of the victory of the iconodules over the iconoclasts by the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Therefore, the service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians.
 
Services often include the clergy or the faithful triumphantly processing around the church, holding icons of their patron or parish saints. In areas where multiple jurisdictions exist (such as the United States), Pan-Orthodox Vespers are also usually celebrated in the evening.