St. John of Damascus: Truly most frightening is the mystery of death . . .

Icon of St. John of Damascus“Truly most frightening is the mystery of death, how the soul is violently separated from its concord with the body and, by divine decree, the most natural bond of their cohesion is severed.”

— St. John Damascus, Idiomelon for the dead in the 4th tone (Octoechos)