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First Ecumenical Council also named Council of Nicaea I in 325

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In 325, the First Ecumenical Council was held in Nicaea.
Because there were disputes and confusion among Christians about what were proper beliefs, in 325 the Emperor St. Constantine called a meeting of all the bishops to pray and study and settle the questions. Emperor St. Constantine had made Christianity the religion of the Empire and it was not good for the civil government if the spiritual government was not united.
The Emperor St. Constantine called the meeting in the city of Nicaea, which was a suburb of his capital Constantinople.
Hosius, Bishop of Cordova, assisted as legate of Pope Sylvester.
Three hundred and eighteen bishops and the Emperor Constantine attended.
The First Ecumenical Council lasted two months and twelve days.

Accomplishments are:

The Nicean Creed

The First Ecumenical Council also named Council of Nicaea I in 325 produced the first portion of the Nicean Creed.

"I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotton Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages: Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; who was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried; who rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is enthroned at the right hand of the Father; who will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; and of whose kingdom there shall be no end."

Incarnation - Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is both fully Holy God and fully Man

The First Ecumenical Council concentrated on clarifying the understanding of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is both fully Holy God and fully Man.

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ became fully human at the Annunciation. This conception is called the "Incarnation".
The Incarnation is commemorated at The Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

In the Nicean Creed, the Fathers of the Council confirmed that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was "true God from true God, begotten not made, one in essence with the Father."
Later, Ecumenical Councils would continue the work of this First Ecumenical Council, more completely stating our understanding of the Holy Trinity, One Holy God in Three Persons.

Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria

Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria was the greatest champion of the Incarnation. He was the most brilliant and heroic defender of the Incarnation. He earned the title "Father of Orthodoxy" during his lifetime.

Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria refuted Arius. Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria wrote "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God" in De inc., 54, 3: PG, 192B, in his refutation of Arius.

The First Ecumenical Council condemned the teachings of Arius, a priest from Alexandria. Arius said that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was not Holy God, but a perfect creature, inferior to Holy God.
Arius and his followers denied the divinity of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Seeking to preserve the supreme transcenence of Holy God, they taught that Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was simply the most perfect created being, gifted with saving power by Holy God. This teaching denies that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is Holy God and that Holy God is Three Divine Persons, the Holy Trinity.

Seventh Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha

The Seventh Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha (Sixth Sunday after Holy and Glorious Pascha) honors the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

A Sunday after Pentecost is named "Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils".
This Sunday honors all the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

Location

The city of Nicaea in Turkey lies in a fertile basin at the eastern end of the Lake Iznik, which is also named Lake Iznik Gölü.

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