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St. John Chrysostom

An icon of St. John Chrysostom.

The Icon

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom, also known as "the golden mouth" for his eloquent sermons, is shown in icons in his bishop’s vestments with the Gospel and giving a blessing. He received a secular education after which he retired to the desert to devote himself to the ascetical life and the study of scripture. Failing health forced him to return to the city where he was ordained a deacon and became a popular preacher. He was later elected Patriarch of Constantinople. He left numerous pastoral writings and homilies which are relevant to the faithful to this day. The Divine Liturgy celebrated on most Sundays and feast days of the year bear his name.

Feast Day - November 13th.

Troparion in tone 8

Grace shining forth from your lips like a beacon has enlightened the universe;
It has shone to the world the riches of poverty;
It has revealed to us the heights of humility.
Teaching us by your words, O Father John Chrysostom,
Intercede before the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.

Kontakion in tone 6

Having received divine grace from heaven,
You teach all men to adore the one God in three persons.
O all-blessed John Chrysostom, we rightly praise you,
For you are our teacher, revealing things divine!

The Nativity Sermon of St John Chrysostom

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