John of Damascus, Venerable (7th century – 8th century)

Venerable John of Damascus

(7th century – 8th century)

“Saint John of Damascus was born about the year 680 at Damascus, Syria into a Christian family. His father, Sergius Mansur, was a treasurer at the court of the Caliph. John had also a foster brother, the orphaned child Cosmas (October 14), whom Sergius had taken into his own home. When the children were growing up, Sergius saw that they received a good education.”

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“I do not worship matter, I worship the God of matter, who became matter for my sake and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter. I will not cease from honoring that matter which works for my salvation. I venerate it, though not as God.”


Apologetic Treatises against those Decrying the Holy Images.

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  3. An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith
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