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Letter of Lentulus

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'''Acheiropoieta - Historians accounts'''<br>
[[File:Not made by hands.jpg|right|thumb|Image Not made by hands.]]Furthermore, there are several other witnesses to the existence of the [[w:AcheiropoietaImage Not-made-by-hands|miraculous icon]].
* [[w:Evagrius Scholasticus|Evagrius Scholasticus]], for one, in the 7th century, in his ''Ecclesiastical History,''<ref>IV.26-27 (''[[w:Patrologia Graeca|P.G.]], LXXXVI.2716'').</ref> cites [[w:Procopius|Procopius of Caesarea]] for evidence of the "[[w:AcheiropoietaImage Not-made-by-hands|God-made image]]" which successfully protected Edessa against the Persian King Chosroes.<ref name="CORA"/>
* In the record of the [[Seventh Ecumenical Council|Second Council of Nicaea]] (Seventh Ecumenical Council), held in 787, there is a letter purporting to have been written in 726 by [[Gregory II of Rome|Pope Gregory II]] to the Emperor [[Leo III the Isaurian]], on the subject of the [[Iconoclasm|iconoclastic movement]] headed by Leo. The Pope, reminding Leo of the [[Abgar|Abgarus]]-[[Jesus]] letters and the miraculous icon, bids him to go to Edessa and behold the venerable image of Christ "that was [[w:Acheiropoieta|not made by human hands]], worshipped and adored by multitudes of the people in the East."<ref name="CORA"/>
* A third witness to the portrait is a long naarative attributed to Emperor [[w:Constantine VII|Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus]] (908-959), of the whole history of the letters and the sacred image to the time that they were taken from Edessa to [[Constantinople]] in 844.<ref group="note">See [[w:François Combefis|François Combefis]], ''Originum rerumque Constantinopolitanarum manipulus'' (Paris, 1664), pp.75-101, "Constantini Porphyrogennetae: Narratio de divina Christi Dei nostri imagine non manufacta."</ref> Described in detail are the solemn ceremonies, the religious procession, the numerous stops at holy places en route, and the emotional reception of the marvelous [[relic]] in Constantinople by the clergy, the Emperor, and the people. The account states specifically that the icon was placed briefly upon the imperial throne, where the Emperor viewed it and reverenced it, before its enshrinement in a church for the eternal protection of the realm.<ref name="CORA"/>
==See also==
* [[Apocrypha]]
* [[Image Not-made-by-hands]]
* [[w:Publius Lentulus|Publius Lentulus]]

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