Sunday, March 1, 2015

Interfaith Days: Sunday of Orthodoxy, St. David's Day

In Orthodox Christianity, today is Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, or the first Sunday of Lent. The day honors the victory of those who favored icons (iconodules) over those who did not (iconoclasts) at the Second Nicene Council in 787. In Orthodox Christianity, Lent is also the forty day festival prior to Easter (Pascha), but unlike the Western churches, Sundays are included. This icon, from this site, depicts the restoration of icons. See also the Orthodox wiki and this site (also the source of this icon).

Today is also St. David's Day, an official day in Wales and unofficial in other countries. David was a Celtic monastic who died on March 1, perhaps 588 or 589. He founded a monastery at the present site of St. David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. He was the national patron saint of Wales during the time of the Norman invasion. His day has been celebrated by the Welsh and Welsh diaspora for centuries.

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