This Sunday, February 25, is the Sunday of Orthodoxy and the first Sunday in Great Lent.
The readings for this Sunday are: Luke 24:12-35 (5th Matins Gospel), Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 (Epistle), and John 1:43-51 (Gospel).
The Sunday of Orthodoxy commemorates the end of iconoclasm and the restoration of the icons to the churches in 843 A.D. The ultimate theme of this day, underneath its historical importance, is the emphasis on the Incarnation that icons point to.
“The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the “Triumph of Orthodoxy.”