The triumph of Orthodoxy March 5th year
On the first Sunday of Lent, Orthodox Christians throughout the world prayerfully celebrate the holiday, called the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This day has a special meaning for the whole Christian church, and every believer needs to know about the history and peculiarities of the holiday.
Great fasting is a time of prayer repentance and spiritual cleansing for every Christian. But few people know that on the first Sunday of Lent the Orthodox Church celebrates the holiday of the victory of the true faith over the heresy of the iconoclasts. This day is called «The Triumph of Orthodoxy.»
history of the holiday
For the first time, the feast of the Feast of Orthodoxy took place in the 9th century: the Orthodox Queen Theodora established a prayer celebration in honor of the final victory of the church over the iconoclast heretics. From the 8th to the 9th century, the teaching of the church, based on raising prayers before the images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the holy apostles and angels, was subjected to cruel persecution: the priests were subjected to imprisonment and the death penalty, the usual order was destroyed. However, the ministers of the church did not surrender, and at the end of the 9th century, the Holy images, destroyed for over a hundred years, were fully established as the only faithful and solemnly returned to the temples.
The priests who fought the heresy were released and reinstated in their posts at the church. This day got its name from the lips of the Patriarch of Constantinople Methodius: during the festive sermon, he called the first Sunday of Great Lent the triumph of Orthodoxy over heresy and heretics. The name is fixed, and at the moment the holiday of the Celebration of Orthodoxy is annually celebrated by all Christians.
How is celebrated the triumph of orthodoxy
Nowadays, the Orthodox Church on the first Sunday of Lent conducts a festive service consisting of two parts: the prayer rule and the proclamation of an anathema to apostates, heretics and those who have committed crimes against the church. At the end of the service, anathema is proclaimed to those who have violated the main dogmas of the Christian church, for example:
- affirming that the world was not created by God;
- saying that Jesus Christ was an ordinary person, and was not sent to save the world;
- deny the rules of the Christian life;
- asserting that the Virgin Mary did not give birth to Jesus Christ as a virgin;
- doubting the existence of Hell, Paradise and the Last Judgment;
- do not recognize the icons and allowed themselves to outrage over them.
Anathema can be dropped:
- repentance and acceptance of the law of God and the triumph of Orthodoxy;
- posthumously by the decision of the church.
The triumph of Orthodoxy falls on March 5: the end of the first week of Great Lent is an inspiring time for all believers and worshiping the images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin and the Holy Trinity. We wish you peace in the soul and the fortress of faith. Be happy and do not forget to press the buttons and