Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. John of Damascus

Saint John

(Catholic Online@Facebook) John Spent much of his life in the Monastery of St Sabas near Jerusalem and all of his life under Muslim rule–he was born in Damascus, receiving Classical and Theological education and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs but after a few years, he resigned his position and went to the Monastery of St Sabas.

St John is famous in three areas: (1) Known for his writings against the Iconoclasts who opposed the veneration of images; (2) For his treatise ‘Exposition of the Orthodox Faith’ a summary of the Greek fathers (of which he became the last) It is said that this book is for the Eastern schools where the Suma of Aquinas became the West; (3) As a poet one of the two greatest of the Eastern Church–the other being Romanus the Melodist.

St John’s devotion to the Blessed Mother and his sermons on her feasts are well known.

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