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Annual Pan-Orthodox Vespers

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be March 23, 2013 at Holy Resurrection Cathedral on Redwood Drive in Chicago, IL

 

The Pan-Orthodox Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers was celebrated March 23rd at Holy Resurrection Serbian Church

The next Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be celebrated

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Location and time TBA

View photos and video from prios Pan-Orthodox Vespers on our Photo & Media Page!

Proclamation of the Synodicon for the Sunday of Orthodoxy

As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as Grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as false-hood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ has awarded, let us declare, let us assert, let us preach in like manner Christ our true God and honor His Saints in words, in writings in thoughts, in deeds, in churches, in holy icons -- worshiping Him as God and Lord and honoring them as His true servants.

The Creed

I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Hevan and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in One Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Only Begotton, begotton of the Father before all ages

Light of Light, True God of True God, begotton, not made, of One Essence with the Father by Whom all things are made

Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from the heavans, and was incarnated of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary and became Man. 

Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was burried.

Rising on the third day, according to the scriptures

And ascending into the heavens He sits at the right hand of the Father

And the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father

Together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified

Who spoke through the Prophets

In One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

I accept one Baptism for the remission of sins

I look to the ressurection of the dead

And the Life and the age to come

Amen. 

Learn About the Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Sunday of Orthodoxy has been celebrated in the church since 843. It was in that year that the controversy of iconoclasm finally, and officially ended.  The discussion began under Empress Irene who convened the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787. Due to extreme acts upon the part of the faithful, icons began to be feared as objects of pagan worship, rather than an object of veneration and education. 

The official decree from the council contained the following statement:

We define that the holy icons, whether in colour, 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 Saviour 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 honour (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. The veneration accorded to an icon is in effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the icon, venerated in it the reality for which it stands.

This, however did not officially end the iconoclasmic period until Empress Theodora declared a Regional Synod in Constantinople in 843. The veneration of icons was proclaimed at the Hagia Sophia and the icons were processed and brought back into their rightful positions in the church. 

Today we remember this procession of the restoration of the icons by having a similar procession during Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which is always the first Sunday during Lent. We have also used this date as a day to come together across all juristictions to celebrate the oneness of the faith, regardless of our juristictional ties. The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association hosts our annual Pan-Orthodox Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers and encourages all in the area to attend. 

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