The rite of the Triumph of Orthodoxy is celebrated in the Tithe Monastery

The rite of the Triumph of Orthodoxy is celebrated in the Tithe Monastery

21 March 2021

March 21, 2021, on the first Sunday of Great Lent, which is called the Week of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. His Grace Gideon, Bishop Makarovsky, the abbot of the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, after the Divine Liturgy performed the rite of the Triumph of Orthodoxy.

After the service, traditionally, a prayer service for the Triumph of Orthodoxy is served. It includes the reading of the "Symbol of Faith", the issuance of "Eternal Memory" to all defenders of Orthodoxy, the proclamation of "Many Years" to all Primates of the canonical Orthodox Churches, and the raising of prayer for the Church. A special place in this service is occupied by the rank of anathematization. Anathema is proclaimed conciliarly not only to the iconoclasts, but to all who have committed grave sins before the Church. In particular, on this day all those who have strengthened the Orthodox faith for many centuries and those who today perform their ministry and their exploits for the sake of spreading the faith of Christ are remembered.

The Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy symbolizes the final victory over the iconoclastic heresy. Its establishment is associated with the events of the Council of Constantinople in 843, was convened by the pious Empress Theodora to restore icon veneration in the Byzantine Empire. In memory of this event, which is important for the Christian world and in memory of Empress Theodora, every year on the first Sunday of Great Lent, since before its celebration in 843 it fell on this very day, the Orthodox Church solemnly celebrates the restoration of veneration of icons.