March 5, 2017  First Sunday of the Great Fast; Sunday of Orthodoxy; Octoechos Tone 1; Holy Martyr Conon (249-251)

March 5, 2017
First Sunday of the Great Fast; Sunday of Orthodoxy; Octoechos Tone 1; Holy Martyr Conon (249-251)

The First Sunday of Great Lent is kept as the anniversary of the restoration of the Holy Icons to veneration and honour after the final defeat of the iconoclast heresy. The Seventh Ecumenical Council in the year 787 condemned the iconoclast heresy, but the final restoration of the Holy Icons did not take place until 843, with a solemn procession on the first Sunday of Lent in that year. Ever since then, all the churches of the Byzantine tradition, including our Ukrainian Catholic Church, remember that event joyfully. Read more