Sunday, May 12, 2013
Fighting Against Heresy and Arius the Insane
Today we celebrate the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Council of Nicea. This is where St. Nicholas the Wonderworker pulled the heretic Arius by his beard and punched him in the face. He was expelled from the council by having his omophor and Gospel taken away, only to have them restored later that night by Christ and the Mother of God in a vision.
"Arius fell into the precipice of sin, having shut his eyes so as not to see the light, and he was ripped asunder by a divine hook so that with his entrails he forcibly emptied out all his essence and his soul, and was named another Judas, both for his ideas and the manner of his death. But the Council in Nicea loudly proclaimed you, Lord, to be Son of God, equal in rank with the Father and the Spirit.
Arius the insane cut the Monarchy of the All-holy Trinity into three dissimilar and unrelated Essences; therefore the Godbearing Fathers eagerly came together, burning with zeal, like Elias the Thesbite, and cut off with the sword of the Spirit the blasphemer with his teachings of shame, as the Spirit decreed."
-Stichera at "Lord, I have cried" at Vespers last night