March 21, 2016 Length: 12:54
A very quick history about Iconoclasm and the restoration of the icons, which we celebrate the first Sunday of Great Lent, and then an explanation of what the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" really is. It is VERY personal and is well explained by one of the hymns said at Vespers: "Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee..." The significance is an idea, unique to Orthodoxy, about what salvation is. To explain it, we must give a short primer on the incarnation. At the end, an exhortation to buy service books, and read them, along with a little personal confession.