Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787)
Commemorated after October 11
The Seventh Ecumenical Council, convoked by the Empress Irene
and met at Nicaea from September 24 to October 13, 787. Patriarch Tarasios
(commemorated February 25) presided. The council ended almost fifty years of
iconoclast persecution and established the veneration of the holy icons as basic
to the belief and spirituality of Christ's Church. As the
Synaxarion says, "It was not simply the veneration of the holy images
that the Fathers defended in these terms but, in fact, the very reality of the
Incarnation of the Son of God."
In Greek practice, the holy God-bearing Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council are commorated on October 11 (if it is a Sunday), or on the Sunday which follows October 11. According to the Slavic MENAION, however, if the eleventh falls on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, the service is moved to the preceding Sunday.