Memorial of Saint John Damascene, priest, doctor of the Church
The Lord will come and he will not delay. He will illumine what is hidden in darkness and reveal himself to all the nations. (Hebrews 2:3; 1 Corinthians 4:5)
Isaiah declared to Israel, “This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!” Lord, this time of year can bring great pain to many: of grief for loved ones who have died; of fear or anger over relationships that have been damaged; of loneliness, self-imposed or through the choices of others.
Remove, Lord, the reproach, the expression of disappointment, in Your people by slowly lifting the veil of darkness that fear, worry, anxiety and sin produce. Saint John Damascene defended the Church’s use of icons to reflect Your glory. Help us be icons of Your love. Come, Lord Jesus!
Saint John Damascene, pray for us.