Sunday, March 13, 2011

1st Sunday of Great Lent Sunday of Orthodoxy

Commemorated on March 13
Originally, the Prophets Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were commemorated on this Sunday. The Alleluia verses appointed for today's Liturgy reflect this older usage.

Today we commemorate the "Triumph of Orthodoxy," the restoration of the holy icons in the reign of the holy Empress Theodora (February 11).

Troparion - Tone 2

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One,
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God.
Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh
to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy.
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You:
You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,
by coming to save the world.

Kontakion - Tone 8

No one could describe the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described,
and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images.

SAINT OR FEAST POSTED THIS DATE 2010(with 2009's link here also and further, 2008's):

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

It is a great triumph for the Orthodox Christian Church that icons have been allowed to be placed in the Church for several centuries.

In addition to providing a peerless beauty to Orthodox Churches, icons convey a deep spiritual inspiration for Orthodox Christian worshipers.