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João Damasceno

Data de nascimento: 676
Data de falecimento: 4. Dezembro 749

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João Damasceno ou João de Damasco , dito Crisórroas , foi um monge e sacerdote sírio. Nascido e criado em Damasco, morreu em seu mosteiro, Mar Saba, perto de Jerusalém. Um polímata cujos interesses incluíam direito, teologia e música, algumas fontes afirmam que serviu como administrador-chefe do califa de Damasco antes de sua ordenação.Escreveu obras explicando a fé cristã e compôs hinos que ainda são utilizados na liturgia no cristianismo oriental por todo o mundo. João é considerado "o último dos Padres da Igreja" pela Igreja Ortodoxa e é mais conhecido por sua contundente defesa da veneração de ícones. A Igreja Católica o considera um Doutor da Igreja, geralmente chamado de "Doutor da Assunção" por causa de suas obras sobre a Assunção de Maria.

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„Images are books for the illiterate and silent heralds of the honor of the saints, teaching those who see with a soundless voice and sanctifying the sight.“

— John of Damascus
"Defense against those who attack the holy images," as translated by Andrew Louth, Three Treatises on the Divine Images, (Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press: 2003) p. 46

„In the relics of the saints the Lord Christ has provided us with saving fountains which in many ways pour out benefactions and gush with fragrant ointment. And let no one disbelieve. For, if by the will of God water poured out of the precipitous living rock in the desert, and for the thirsty Sampson from the jawbone of an ass, is it unbelievable that fragrant ointment should flow from the relics of the martyrs? Certainly not, at least for such as know the power of God and the honor which the saints have from Him.“

— John of Damascus
In Saint John of Damascus: Writings (The Fathers Of The Church A New Translation Vol. 37), 1958, 1999, Frederic H. Chase, Trans. <!--, Catholic University of America Press, ISBN 0813209684 ISBN 9780813209685 p. 368. [http://books.google.com/books?id=H9wlrya9lXYC&pg=PA368&dq=%22if+by+the+will+of+God+water+poured+out+of+the+precipitous+living+rock%22&hl=en&ei=EA__TaeaDsm00AGSwvHgBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22if%20by%20the%20will%20of%20God%20water%20poured%20out%20of%20the%20precipitous%20living%20rock%22&f=false][http://www.archive.org/details/fathersofthechur009511mbp] -->

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„Alternate translation: Christ gives us the relics of saints as health-giving springs through which flow blessings and healing. This should not be doubted. For if at God’s word water gushed from hard rock in the wilderness-yes, and from an ass’s jawbone when Samson was thirsty -why should it seem incredible that healing medicine should distill from the relics of saints“

— John of Damascus
In Relics: The Shroud of Turin, the True Cross, the Blood of Januarius: History, Mysticism, and the Catholic Church, by Joan Carroll Cruz, 1984 <!--, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Indiana, ISBN 0879737018 ISBN 9780879737016 p. 206. [http://books.google.com/books?id=m32tN4EkQwQC&q=%22Christ+gives+us+the+relics+of+saints+as+health-giving+springs%22&dq=%22Christ+gives+us+the+relics+of+saints+as+health-giving+springs%22&hl=en&ei=jLtATpd8yv2xAs6_6c0J&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-thumbnail&resnum=2&ved=0CDUQ6wEwAQ] In The Incorruptibles, 1974, 1977, Joan Carroll Cruz, St. Benedict Press & TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois, ISBN 0895550660 ISBN 9780895550668 Introduction -->, p. 37.

„The Christianocategori, or Accusers of Christians, are such and are so called, because those Christians who worship one living and true God praised in Trinity they accused of worshiping as gods, after the manner of the Greeks, the venerable images of our Lord Jesus Christ, of our immaculate lady, the holy Mother of God, of the holy angels, and of His saints. They are furthermore called Iconoclasts, because they have shown deliberate dishonor to all these same holy and venerable images and have consigned them to be broken up and burnt.
Likewise, some of those painted on walls they have scraped off, while others they have obliterated with whitewash and black paint. They are also called Thymoleontes, or Lion-hearted, because, taking advantage of their authority, they have with great heart given strength to their heresy and with torment and torture visited vengeance upon those who approve of the images.“

— John of Damascus
On Heresies. In, Saint John of Damascus: Writings (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 37), 1958, 1999, Frederic H. Chase, Trans. <!--, Catholic University of America Press, ISBN 0813209684 ISBN 9780813209685, -->p. 160 <!-- [http://books.google.com/books?id=H9wlrya9lXYC&pg=PA160&dq=%22the+Christianocategori+or+accusers+of+christians%22&hl=en&ei=2UfSTfe-Oafk0QHEsNzYCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22the%20Christianocategori%20or%20accusers%20of%20christians%22&f=false] [http://www.archive.org/details/fathersofthechur009511mbp] -->