"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! .... Through [matter] my salvation has come to me. Was not the thrice-happy and thrice-blessed wood of the cross matter? Was not the holy and exalted mountain of Calvary matter? What of hte life-bearing rock, the holy and l ife-giving tomb, the fountain of our resurreciton, was it not matter? Is not the ink in the most holy Gospel book matter? Is not the life-giving altar matter? From it we receive the bread of life! Are not gold and silver matter? From them we make crosses, patens, chalices! And over and above all these things, is not the Body and Blood of our Lord matter? Either do away with the honor and veneration these things deserve, or accept the Tradition of the Church and the veneration of images."
-On The Divine Images.