Sunday, September 7, 2014

St. John Damascus supporting the icons

Iconoclasm was a movement which brought schism within Byzantium during the 8th and 9th centuries. However, many hierarchs, ecclesiastical figures and eventually saints supported the orthodoxy of venerating icons. Here, St. John Damascus explains his views on this crucial topic,

“I do not venerate matter, I venerate the fashioner of matter, who became matter for my sake and accepted to dwell in matter and through matter worked my salvation, and I will not cease from reverencing matter, through which my salvation was worked”[1].

[1] On Images I., 16; transaltions in St. John of Damascus, Three Treatises on the Divine Images, (Crestwood, NY, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2003), p. 23

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