In former times, God, who is without form or body, could never be depicted. But now when God is seen in the flesh conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see.
I do not worship matter; I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter. I will not cease from honoring that matter which works for my salvation. I honor it, though not as God.
Based on Saint John of Damascus
An icon is painted in the Vatopedi’s workshop, Mount Athos
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