St. Job Of Pochaiv Orthodox Church Gathering Sunday

Fr. Theophan Mackey says a prayer inside Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Orthodox Christian faithful of New Mexico is gathering Sunday, March 5, in Los Alamos at Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive for Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.
 
Clergy and parishes from at least three churches in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will be attending this gathering.
 
“The Sunday of Orthodoxy, or the Triumph of Orthodoxy, is the first Sunday in Great Lent, when we commemorate the Seventh Ecumenical Council of the year 787, when the veneration of icons in worship of Jesus Christ was upheld,” Father Theophan Mackey said. 
 
Icons are sacred paintings, which depict Jesus Christ and his saints. Their colorful presence is one of the most obvious, distinguishing characteristics of any Orthodox church.
 
“Icons reinforce the reality of the Incarnation of God in Christ,” Father Theophan said. “If God had not become man, then we would not be able to represent Him with paint.”
 
As Saint Athanasius the Great stated, “God became man, so that man might become God.”
 
“It’s a beautiful time of coming together for the different parishes in the area,” parishioner Barbara Addessio said.
 
The parish of Saint Job has only recently moved into their new home at 1319 Trinity Dr. This will be the first time for many outside of the local area to see the new building. The short prayer service will culminate with a procession of the faithful with icons around the church, and a recitation of the confession of faith of the Sunday of Orthodoxy:
 
As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught,…
as the Church has received…
as the teachers have dogmatized,…
as the Universe has agreed,…
as Grace has shown forth,…
as Truth has revealed,…
as falsehood has been dissolved,…
as Wisdom has presented,…
as Christ Awarded,…
thus we declare,…
thus we assert,…
thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor as Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord; and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all and accordingly offering them veneration. This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe.
 
May it be blessed.
 
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