The first Sunday in Great Lent is known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, commemorating the restoration of icons to churches after the Seventh Ecumenical Council. As such, it proclaims the triumph of orthodoxy over heresy.
This year, at Sts Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Potomac, Maryland, the sermon for this feast was given by Dr. Lewis Patsavos, who is is professor of Canon Law at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. His theme: “The Sunday of Orthodoxy: Its Perils and Challenges.”
This is a challenging sermon. Dr. Patsavos avoids triumphalism and calls us to think seriously about the meaning of Orthodoxy: right belief, right worship and a way of life that glorifies Christ and transforms.