The first Sunday of Great Lent is known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy. On this day we celebrate the restoration of Holy Icons by not simply holding them up as something unique and distinct about our Orthodox faith, but we celebrate this restoration for a reason. Father Gregory shares with us this reason and he suggests that how we understand Icons is directly related to how we understand human beings. From Genesis we read that God made human beings as an icon or image of Himself calling him to His likeness. Every person whether small, old, dirty or broken is made in the image of God and should be treated with reverence and held up like the Holy Icons are today. Icons show us that God Himself took on flesh assuming the material world, showing that it is good, made by His own hand and called to more. This Lenten period can be for us a cleansing of ourselves as Icons and restoring ourselves not only to the Image of God but its likeness.