Category Archives: 787 A.D. – Nicea II

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

MP3 Audio:  WS330301_Dn-Joseph_Wolves-in-Sheeps-Clothing.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, August 25, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Gospel Reading:  Matthew 7:15-21 Christ has taught us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. … Continue reading

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Rejecting Nicea

The Ecumenical Councils condemned specific doctrines, not merely denominations. In the year 325 A.D., the First Ecumenical Council was convened in the city of Nicea. In an effort to accurately articulate the doctrine of the Trinity, the first draft of the Nicene … Continue reading

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It’s Who I Am

How many in here have heard of a famous singer named Jessica Andrews? A few years back she had a big song playing on the radio called “Who I Am.” The chorus of it goes, I am Rosemary’s granddaughter, the spitting image … Continue reading

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Bowing Down to a Faceless Idol

Before the Incarnation, it was idolatrous to make an image of God. Now that the Incarnation has taken place, it would be idolatrous not to make images of Him. When a religion rejects images of God, it sends the message that God is … Continue reading

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An Overview of the Iconoclastic Controversy

The imperial leader of the initial iconoclastic outbreak was the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor, Leo III, who put forth a series of official decrees in opposition to icons.  Officially, it was in the year 726 that “Leo III introduced iconoclasm” (Andrew … Continue reading

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3D Orthodox Icons

In the previous article, we explored the Orthodox Church’s inheritance of iconography from ancient Israel.  Today, we will consider three-dimensional iconography in both Israel and the Church. The Orthodox Church is rich with icons, both 2D and 3D. Three-dimensional icons can … Continue reading

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