Today is the Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, at Nicaea in 787.
THE assembly of the Fathers excellently laid it down, for those who honour God, that the holy image of Christ should be set up in its place once more, and given a veneration that is relative [i.e. to the person it depicts]; for our part, as obedient children, we lovers of true religion celebrate their yearly memory, and with longing we kiss the image of Christ.
MORE than blessed art thou, Virgin Theotokos; for through him that came of thee, Hades was taken captive, and Adam was recalled, the curse was withered in death, and Eve was set at liberty, death died utterly, and we were made alive. Therefore, singing praises we cry: Blessed art thou, Christ our God, who wast well-pleased so to do: glory be to thee.
Alleluia. Praise ye the Lord.