The first Sunday of Lent is known as the “Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy,” and on this day we remember the first Sunday of Lent in 843 when Holy Icons were finally restored to the churches and homes of the faithful. For over 100 years, the “iconoclasts” (which means “icon breakers”) sought to get rid of the holy images, but the period of iconoclasm was finally brought to an official end in 843.
To celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, churches around the world conclude the Divine Liturgy that day with a procession of icons, led in many places by the children of the parish. A slide show of our procession can be seen below.
Our thanks to Richard Johnson, photographer.