December 3, 2017

St. John Damascene on the Incarnation of Christ

Saint John Damascene

Saint John of Damascus or Damascene, the last of the Greek Fathers, was an 8th century theologian and one of the principal defenders of the veneration of images against the Iconoclasts, who condemned this practice.
I do not worship matter; I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake. …Because of the Incarnation, I salute all remaining matter with reverence.
— St. John Damascene
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Prayer for the Intercession of St. John Damascene

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that we may be helped by the prayers of the Priest Saint John Damascene, so that the true faith, which he so excelled in teaching, may always be our light and our strength. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, and with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

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