In the middle of the ninth century, a layman named Photios was named Patriarch of Constantinople. Although his new position scandalized much of the known world, Photios was instrumental in the conversion of the Slavs and was known as a great intellectual. Eventually his political enemies removed him from power, but Photios continued to make a difference through writing.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. n the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”