While visiting Virginia, he gave a lecture to students and faculty at the University of Mary Washington entitled “Models of Reality as Sources of Conflict”:
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.
If you’ve never been to a Greek Festival, you’ve got to go! All the yummy Greek food, music and dancing! And, most festivals, if they’re at the site of the local church, will have a church tour available. Here, Fr. Barnabas Powell, pastor of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, Georgia gives a tour to some non-Orthodox at the Greek Festival:
A new video on advanced iconography technique, beautifully done:
The dome of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California is written with icons last weekend:
This is known as the “He Who Does Not Sleep” icon. It sometimes shows the infant Christ with eyes open and sometimes with eyes closed. It is also known as Christ Anapeson or Christ Reclining.
It’s central message is this: God is in control. He has power over life and death. More on the icon can be read here.
Behold he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand… The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore. (Psalm 121:4-8)
Icons are a hallmark of Orthodoxy. Here is a look at icons and iconographers taken from a documentary on the subject. The filming is impressive. Two iconographers are featured in this snip, from different quarters of Orthodoxy:
For further reading:
No Graven Image by Fr. Jack Sparks
The Theology of Icons (mp3 lecture)