In former times God, who is without form or body, could never be depicted. But now when God is seen in the flesh conversing with men, I make an image of the God who is seen in the flesh conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter; I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake, who willed to take his abode in matter; who worked out my salvation through matter. Never will I cease honoring the matter which wrought my salvation. I honor it, but not as God.
* This excerpt is from “On the Divine Images” by St. John of Damascus