John Damascene was born of a Christian family in Damascus in the latter part of the seventh century. Learned in philosophy, he became a monk in the monastery of Saint Sabbas near Jerusalem and was then ordained a priest. He wrote many doctrinal works, particularly against iconoclasts. He died in the middle of the eighth century.
may the prayers of Saint john Damascene help us,
and may the true faith he taught so well
always be our light and our strength.
From Christian Prayer