Ave Maria Meditations
St. John Damascene is one of the Doctors of the Church, often called “The Doctor of the Assumption” for his writings on the Dormition of Mary. St. John was also a valiant defender of icons in an iconoclastic age. He died December 4, 749 and is considered the last of the Fathers of the Church.
From his writings:
No one stands between Son and Mother. … Accept, then, my good-will, which is greater than my capacity, and give us salvation. Heal our passions, Cure our diseases, Help us out of our difficulties, Make our lives peaceful, Send us the illumination of the Spirit.
Inflame us with the desire of thy son. Render us pleasing to Him, so that we may enjoy happiness with Him, seeing thee resplendent with thy Son’s glory, rejoicing forever, keeping feast in the Church with those who worthily celebrate Him who worked our salvation through thee, Christ the Son of God, and our God.
To Him be glory and majesty, with the uncreated Father and the all-holy and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, through the endless ages of eternity. Amen.