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Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Councils

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The '''Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Councils''' is on the 9th Sunday after [[Pentecost]].
==Lights on the earth==
The Holy Fathers of the [[Ecumenical Councils]] are honored by the [[Orthodox Church|Church]] because, based upon the preaching of the [[Apostles]], they have established one faith for the Church. Guided by the [[grace]] of the [[Holy Spirit]], and accepted by the Church. The Ecumenical Councils are the highest authority in the Church, infallible.
==Other feast days==
The Fathers of the First Six Councils are also commemorated on other days of the [[Church Calendar|liturgical year]]:
*The Fathers of the [[First Ecumenical Council]], '''Nicea I''', are commemorated on [[May 29]] and also on the [[Pentecostarion|seventh Sunday after Pascha]].
*The Fathers of the [[Second Ecumenical Council]], '''Constantinople I''', are commemorated on [[May 22]].
*The Fathers of the [[Third Ecumenical Council]], '''Ephesus''', are commemorated on [[September 9]].
*The Fathers of the [[Fourth Ecumenical Council ]] '''Chalcedon''', are commemorated on [[July 16]].
*The Fathers of the [[Fifth Ecumenical Council]], '''Constnatinople II''', are commemorated on [[July 25]].
*The Fathers of the [[Sixth Ecumenical Council]], '''Constantinople III''', are commemorated on [[January 23]].

The Fathers of the [[Seventh Ecumenical Council]], '''Nicea II''', are commemorated on the Sunday nearest to October 11 and not with this feast.
==Hymns==
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 8)
:You are most glorious, O Christ our God!
:You have established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth!
:Through them you have guided us to the true faith!
:O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You!

[[Kontakion]] - Tone 8
:The Apostles' preaching and the Fathers' doctrines
:Have established one faith for the Church.
:Adorned with the robe of truth, woven from heavenly theology,
:It defines and glorifies the great mystery of Orthodoxy!


==External Link==
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=50 Fathers of the First Six Councils] – [[OCA]] website.


[[Category:Church Fathers]]
[[Category:Church History]]
[[Category:Ecumenical Councils]]
[[Category:Feasts]]

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