Thursday, December 04, 2008

learn to defend the use of religious icons and objects...

... today is the Memorial of St. John Damascene.

St. John was such a great orator that he was known as Chrysorrhoas ("golden-stream"). He was the last of the Greek Fathers of the Church, and the first of the Christian Aristotleans. He also adapted choral music for use in the liturgy. His eloquent defense of Christian images has given him the title of "Doctor of Christian Art."

For some light reading, An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

Tone 8 (For John of Damascus)

What shall we call thee, Holy Theologian John.
Another David, for they hymns are as the psalms for us.


Mimi said...

Today is my priest's Patron Saint Day, as his heavenly patron is St. John of Damascus.

Holy St. John, pray to God for us.

jill said...

"He also adapted choral music for use in the liturgy."

Umm, what is more correct is that he was a hymnographer of the highest order, both in quality and quantity. The many hymns he wrote still form part of the permanent liturgical cycles of the Orthodox Church, including a large number of Theotokia (verse hymns to the Mother of God), and a good number of canons (the theological and doctrinal core of a feast or holy day) which form a large part of Matins hymnody. He also wrote a sizeable portion of the Orthodox funeral service.

He was also a staunch defender of iconography, as mentioned. His short treatise "In Defence of the Holy Images" is still regarded as the finest apologia on iconography in existence.

Carolina Cannonball said...

That's what happens when you use a roman source. ;-)