By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos
Sunday of the Holy Fathers
On this day, the seventh Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the First Ecumenical Synod, of the three hundred and eighteen God-bearing Fathers, which took place in Nicæa.
O ye light-bearing stars of the spiritual firmament,
Enlighten my mind with your rays.
Verses Against Arius
Calling the Son a stranger to the Father’s essence,
Arius proved to be a stranger to God’s glory.
We celebrate the present Feast for the following reason. When our Lord Jesus Christ, Who wore our flesh, had ineffably accomplished His entire Economy, and had been restored to His Father’s Throne, the Saints, wishing to show that the Son of God became truly man and that God became perfect man, ascended, and sat at the right hand of the majesty on high, and that this Synod of the Holy Fathers thus proclaimed and confessed Him to be one in essence and honor with the Father, decreed for this reason that the present Feast should fall after the glorious Ascension, exalting this assembly of so many Fathers, as it were, for proclaiming that He Who ascended in the flesh was true God and perfect man in the flesh. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »