Monday, October 26, 2009

Splendor in Miami Lakes!

The Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Miami Lakes, Florida, recently had more iconography work done in their church. I had the pleasure of visiting the church this past weekend and I took a few pictures to share with you. The woodwork and iconography on the iconostasis is stunning. But what really caught my eye was the dome. The Pantokrator ("Almighty" or "All-powerful") gazing down is certainly breathtaking. I also love the Theotokos in the apse, which is also quite a site to behold. This church is certainly a testimony to the use of sacred images as prescribed by the Seventh Ecumenical Council. The Church in her unity, with one voice, anathematized those who would dare to condemn the use of sacred images in the Church.

The acclamations after the Seventh Ecumenical Council 787.

The holy Synod cried out: So we all believe, we all are so minded, we all give our consent and have signed. This is the faith of the Apostles, this is the faith of the orthodox, this is the faith which hath made firm the whole world. Believing in one God, to be celebrated in Trinity, we salute the honourable images! Those who do not so hold, let them be anathema. Those who do not thus think, let them be driven far away from the Church. For we follow the most ancient legislation of the Catholic Church. We keep the laws of the Fathers. We anathematize those who add anything to or take anything away from the Catholic Church. We anathematize the introduced novelty of the revilers of Christians. We salute the venerable images. We place under anathema those who do not do this. Anathema to them who presume to apply to the venerable images the things said in Holy Scripture about idols. Anathema to those who do not salute the holy and venerable images. Anathema to those who call the sacred images idols. Anathema to those who say that Christians resort to the sacred images as to gods. Anathema to those who say that any other delivered us from idols except Christ our God. Anathema to those who dare to say that at any time the Catholic Church received idols.

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