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During the icon disputes of the eighth and ninth centuries the principal institutions of iconodule support and icon veneration were the [[monastery|monasteries]]. A network of [[monk]]s came into being among the supporters of icon veneration that included [[John of Damascus]] and [[Theodore the Studite]]. Other iconodules within the Church included [[Germanus I of Constantinople]] and Pope [[Gregory III of Rome]]. Within the Byzantine nobility, the principal iconodule was the [[Empress Irene]], the mother and regent for her son Constantine VI, who ended the first iconoclastic period and convened the [[Seventh Ecumenical Council]] that confirmed icon veneration.
The [[Empress Theodora]], who was regent for her son Theophilus, ended the second iconoclastic period in 843 which was begun by Emperor Leo V the Armenian, in 813. With Theodora success, the iconodules maintained their position under the leadership of Patriarch [[Ignastius of Constantinople]], who was [[patriarch]] from 847 to 858 and from 867 to 877. Since the time of the proclamation of 843 restoring veneration of icons, the Orthodox Church has celebrated the [[feast]] of the “Triumph of Orthodoxy” on the first Sunday of [[Lent]].
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