Jesus In Every Age. Session Two: Image of the Invisible God.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
The “Conversion” of Constantine (312)
Roman Emperor Constantine had a vision of Christ on the eve of the Battle of Milvian Bridge: in hoc signovinces
Constantine built important churches at shrines associated with events in the life of Christ and his apostles—set pattern for future church architecture
Our earliest complete liturgical texts come from the fourth and fifth centuries: heavy use of symbolism, elaborate forms
Constantine tried to bring unity to the church by convening a council of all bishops (ecumenical) at Nicaea in 324
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,the only Son of God,eternally begotten of the Father,God from God, Light from Light,true God from true God,begotten, not made,of one Being with the Father.Through him all things were made.For us and for our salvationhe came down from heaven:by the power of the Holy Spirithe became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,and was made man.
Constantine also ignited interest in Palestine: constructed churches at Holy Places, inspired pilgrims
The era alsosees great expansion of more tactile forms of piety: holy water, relics, images—objects that possess divine power