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St John of Damascus (c. 675 – 749)
St John of Damascus (c. 675 – 749) also called St. John Damascene, was born in Damascus around 675 or 676 A.D., after Syria fell from Christian control into the hands of the Moslem Caliphate. According to Christian tradition, St. John became a monk at the Mar Saba monastery around the age of 40. According to the same tradition, he was ordained to the priesthood in 735 A.D.
He wrote three highly-spirited treatises defending the use of icons during a period when the Byzantine Emperor Leo III banned them. St. John’s position prevailed at the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which met at Nicea in 787 A.D., 38 years after his death in 749 A.D. His best-known writing was The Fountain of Wisdom, a three-part work also known as the Fountain of Knowledge, which included An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith (part 3 of the trilogy), one of the earliest comprehensive explanations of Church Doctrine.
His greatest accomplishment was his hymn-writing. According to tradition, he composed many hymns in his lifetime, one of which, The Day of Resurrection, is still sung at Easter in the Anglican, Episcopal and Lutheran tradition. In the Anglican tradition the 18th C. German tune Ellacombe is used. Another of his hymns used in the Anglican tradition at Easter is Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain (usually sung to the mid-16th C. tune Gaudeamus pariter). He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Roman Catholic Pope Leo XIII in 1890 A.D.
With thanks to The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Shibley of the Anglican Internet Church for this biography, Founder & Director, The Anglican Internet Church Business address: 7162 Soft Wind Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23111-5623 (804) 559-2690
Come Ye Faithful Raise The Strain : Lyrics
1. Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness!
God hath brought his Israel
into joy from sadness;
loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke
Jacob’s sons and daughters;
led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.
2. ‘Tis the spring of souls to-day;
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death
as a ...
The Day Of Resurrection Lyrics
The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad;
The Passover of gladness,
The Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
From earth unto the sky,
Our Christ hath brought us over,
With hymns of victory.
Our hearts be pure from evil,
That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
Of resurrection light;
And listening to his accents,
May hear, ...
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