Cathedral Celebrates the Sunday of Orthodoxy
“We venerate Your most Pure image, O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God.
Of Your good Will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy. Therefore with thankfulness we sing aloud to You:
You hast filled all things with joy, O our Savior. For You came to save the world.”
On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Great Lent, we commemorate the "Triumph of Orthodoxy," the "restoration" of icons in the church and their use in Orthodox worship.
Following the liturgy on Sunday, February 25, the parish clergy, youth and parishioners, presented verses from the Synaxarion, describing the historical and spiritual meaning of the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This was followed by a wonderful procession of icons which culminated in the whole congregation reciting the Synodicon (an excerpt from the decree of the 7 th Ecumenical Council) for the feast.
In the afternoon, the Cathedral hosted the annual Pan-Orthodox Celebration of the feast of Orthodoxy. Many clergy and faithful from throughout Southern California gathered at Saint Steven's for Vespers and Procession of Icons. An inspiring homily was delivered by Fr. John Mahfouz, pastor of Saint Mathew Church in Torrance. The Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Choir (POYAC) also presented a lenten concert for all to enjoy. Following the service and concert, everyone was invited to the social hall for a wonderful reception and fellowship, hosted by our Cathedral Women's Auxiliary.