This is the faith which has established the universe! - 03/04/12

On the first Sunday of Great Lent every year, Orthodox Christians gather to commemorate the restoration on this day in 842 of the Holy Icons to the churches after a prolonged persecution by the iconoclastic emperors. To mark this occasion, the Seminary community joined with our brethren from St. Innocent's Academy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral for the Liturgy and procession of the Icons, culminating in the reading of the Synodikon of Orthodoxy:

"As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as Grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented as Christ awarded. Thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ our true God and honor . . . in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord, and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all and accordingly offering them veneration. This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe!