O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I Heard You Like Icons...

In the Eastern Churches, the First Sunday of Lent is the Sunday of Orthodoxy, celebrating the condemnation of the iconoclastic heretics, who falsely claimed that the veneration of icons is equal to the worship of idols.

My main personal icons:

Troparion, Tone 2: We bow before Your most pure image, O kind Lord,* and beg pardon for our sins, O Christ our God.* Of Your own will You consented to ascend the Cross in the flesh to free Your handiwork from enslavement to the enemy.* In thanksgiving we cry aloud to You:* by coming to save the world, our Saviour, You filled all things with joy.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 8: The uncircumscribed Word of the Father* became circumscribed when He took flesh of you, O Mother of God,* and when He restored the divine image to its ancient glory,* He suffused it with the beauty of God.* Therefore, confessing our salvation in deed and word,* we portray it in images.