He was the last of the Greek Fathers and a great Doctor of the Church. His veneration for holy pictures and images caused him to have his right hand cut off by order of the Emperor Leo the Isaurian. His right hand was miraculously restored to him by the Blessed Virgin Mary when he knelt before one of her images. Saint John Damascene was seventy-three years old when he died.
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This video, “Islam, Holy Icons & St. John of Damascus,” by Trisagion Films is wonderfully edifying and informative. It will give you a great love for the Damascene.