TODAY: Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, SS. Constantine and Helen Church, 2160 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, 6pm, reception following (event sponsored by the Milwaukee Clergy Syndesmos)
SUNDAY MARCH 24: OCA Midwest Diocese Deanery Lenten Vespers at Protection of the Virgin Mary Church, 8600 Grand Boulevard, Merrillville, Indiana, 6pm
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh on the Sunday of Orthodoxy
We are keeping today, as every year at the end of the first week of Lent, the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Every year we must give thought to what is meant, not only as a historical event, but also in our personal lives. First of all we must remember that the Triumph of Orthodoxy is not the Triumph of the Orthodox over other people. It is the Triumph of the Truth Divine in the hearts of those who belong to the Orthodox church and who proclaim the Truth revealed by God in its integrity and directness.
Today we must thank God with all our hearts that He has revealed Himself to us, that He has dispelled darkness in the minds and hearts of thousands and thousands of people, that He who is the Truth has shared the knowledge of the perfect Truth Divine with us.
The occasion of this feast was the recognition of the legitimacy of venerating icons. By doing this we proclaim that God - invisible, ineffable, the God whom we cannot comprehend, has truly become man, that God has taken on flesh, that He has lived in our midst full of humility, of simplicity, but of glory also. Proclaiming this we venerate the icons not as idols, but as a declaration of the Truth of the Incarnation.
(Complete sermon can be found at http://www.pravmir.com/triumph-orthodoxy-triumph-orthodox-people/)