I was wondering what different parishes "do" to commemorate the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Besides our priest's sermon, our parish really doesn't do anything. However, I know that others do, and I would like ours to do something, as well.
I've attended a number of pan-Orthodox Vespers during Great Lent. On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, at the end of the service, all the clergy come out of the Altar carrying their icons (which they brought with them). This has been as many as 30 priests, deacons, etc. They go around the church, stopping at each wall (direction), reciting a prayer, and moving on to the next wall, stopping, etc...until they've circled the whole sanctuary, and end up in front of the iconostasis.
Then everyone picks up the piece of paper left for them, and all together recite a prayer.
The passage from the Synodikon of the Seventh Ecumenical Council is read in unison by all.
As the Prophets beheld,
As the Apostles taught,
As the Church received,
As the Teachers dogmatized,
As the Universe agreed,
As Grace illumined,
As the Truth revealed,
As falsehood passed away,
As Wisdom presented,
As Christ awarded,
Thus we declare,
Thus we assert,
Thus we proclaim Christ our true God
and honor His saints,
In holy icons.
On the one hand, worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord.
And on the other hand, honoring and venerating His Saints as true servants of the same Lord.
This is the Faith of the Apostles.
This is the Faith of the Fathers.
This is the Faith of the Orthodox.
This is the Faith which has established the Universe.
It's really very moving.
I've heard from other members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA, that they also commemorate the day. Usually the youth come up front holding their icons for a moleben at the end of Liturgy.
I would appreciate everyone's input concerning what your parish does on this day (especially FatherHLL and others of the UOCofUSA).
Thanks so much!