I’m looking forward to it. Why?
It’s the feast/memorial day of St. Athanasius. If not for people like him, Christ’s divinity would prolly be gone-ski today (courtesy of Arius). Thank God that he was brave enough to defend orthodoxy against Arianism at the 1st Ecumenical Council.
And if you didn’t know, he was one of the first in the Church to speak up about the canon of the New Testament books that form Holy Scripture (courtesy of his 39th Festal Letter written in AD 367, which concurred with Pope Damasus I of Rome’s canon of 27 NT books in AD 382). Protestants out there (including myself) take note: the Bible you have in your hands today did not magically appear after Christ’s death, but what became canonical came through the tradition of the Church as exercised through the Ecumenical Councils.
Troparion of St. Athanasius of Alexandria, 3rd tone
O Hierarch Athanasius, thou wast a pillar of Orthodoxy/ supporting the Church with divine doctrines;/ for thou didst proclaim the Son to be of one essence with the Father,/ and didst put Arius to shame./ O righteous Father, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
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