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John of Damascus => The Ladder of Divine Ascent
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[[Image:John_of_DamascusLadder_of_Divine_Ascent.jpg.jpg|100px|left]]Our venerable and God-bearing Father '''John ''The Ladder of DamascusDivine Ascent''''' (cis an [[asceticism|ascetical]] treatise on avoiding vice and practicing virtue so that at the end, [[salvation]] can be obtained. 676 - Written by [[December 5Saint]], 749) was also known as ''[[John Damascene, Chrysorrhoas,'' "streaming with gold," (i.e.Climacus]] initially for [[monastic]]s, it has become one of the golden speaker). He was born most highly influential and raised in Damascusimportant works used by the Church as far as guiding the faithful to a God-centered life, in all probability at the second only to [[Monastery of Saint SabbasHoly Scripture]] (''Mar Saba''), South East of Jerusalem.{{spirituality}}
On the death of his father, John was made chief councillor of Damascus, which was around There is also a related [[icon]] known by the same time that iconoclasm began to appeartitle. John wrote against It depicts many people people climbing a ladder; at the Emporer's edict against iconstop is [[Jesus Christ]], with three ''Apologetic Treatises against those Decrying prepared to receive the Holy Images'', works that made his reputationclimbers into [[Heaven]]. After a forged letter was sent by Leo Also shown are [[angel]]s helping the Isaurianclimbers, John'and [[demon]]s hand was cut offattempting to shoot with arrows or drag down the climbers, but was restored after fervent prayer before an icon no matter how high up the ladder they may be. Most versions of the Virgin Maryicon show at least one person falling.
The caliph, convinced of his innocence, wished to reinstate him, but John then retired to the [[Monastery of Saint Sabbas]] near Jerusalem, where he produced a stream of commentaries, hymns and apologetic writings, including the [[Oktoechos]] (the Church's service book of eight tones) and ''An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith'', a summary of the dogmatic writings of the Early Church Fathers. He died in 749 as a revered Father of the Church, with his feast celebrated on [[December 4]].
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