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Seventh Ecumenical Council also called The Second Council of Nicaea in 787

 

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In 787, Seventh Ecumenical Council was held in Nicaea.
The Seventh Ecumenical Council was convoked by Emperor Constantine VI and his mother Irene, under Pope Adrian I. The Seventh Ecumenical Council was presided over by the legates of Pope Adrian. Between 300 and 367 bishops attended.

Accomplishments are:

  • Regulated the veneration of ikons.

Ikons

In 787, the Seventh Ecumenical Council declared that we worship only Holy God, but we venerate or reverence the person being depicted on the ikons, not the wood or paint of the ikons. The reason was that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ took on human flesh, a part of the earth's matter; therefore it is possible to depict Him through material symbols. A symbol, which has verbal images, is a Gospel. A symbol, which has material images, is an ikon. Holy ikons portray the divine Sonship and actions of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ by means of paints and colors. Thus, we remember and experience Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ when we prayerfully read the Gospels and when we prayerfully behold him in ikons.

The Seventh Ecumenical Council declared that ikons are proper in churches and homes, because they help Christians pray by reminding us of the presence of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Saints.

Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

A Sunday after Pentecost is named "Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council".
This Sunday honors all the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

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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