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St. John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom was an important Early Church Father who served as archbishop of Constantinople. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. The epithet Χρυσόστομος (Chrysostomos, anglicized as Chrysostom) means "golden-mouthed" in Greek and denotes his celebrated eloquence. Chrysostom was among the most prolific authors in the early Christian Church, although both Origen of Alexandria and Augustine of Hippo exceeded Chrysostom.

He is honoured as a saint in the Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, as well as in some others. The Eastern Orthodox, together with the Byzantine Catholics, hold him in special regard as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs (alongside Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus). The feast days of John Chrysostom in the Eastern Orthodox Church are 14 September, 13 November and 27 January. In the Roman Catholic Church he is recognized as a Doctor of the Church. Because the date of his death is occupied by the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14 September), the General Roman Calendar celebrates him since 1970 on the previous day, 13 September; from the 13th century to 1969 it did so on 27 January, the anniversary of the translation of his body to Constantinople. Of other Western churches, including Anglican provinces and Lutheran churches, some commemorate him on 13 September, others on 27 January. John Chrysostom is remembered in the Church of England with a Lesser Festival on 13 September. The Coptic Church also recognizes him as a saint.

Books by St. John Chrysostom

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Commentary on Galatians

Moral Christianity Commentary Verses

St. Chrysostom’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians is continuous, according to chapter and verse, instead of being arranged in Homilies, with a moral or practical application at their close, as in his exposition of other Epistles. It was wri...

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Homilies on Ephesians

Christianity Religious Commentary Church Wisdom Worship God

“Ephesus is the metropolis of Asia. It was dedicated to Diana, whom especially they worshipped there as their great goddess. Indeed so great was the superstition of her worshippers, that when her temple was burnt, they would not so much as divulge t...

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Homilies on Colossians

Truth Prison Epistolary Christianity Commentary

"Holy indeed are all the Epistles of Paul: but some advantage have those which he sent after he was in bonds: those, for instance, to the Ephesians and Philemon: that to Timothy, that to the Philippians, and the one before us: for this also was sent...

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Homilies on Hebrews

Theology Passion Christianity Church Sermons God

The book contains a series of homilies, or sermons, delivered by Chrysostom on the Epistle to the Hebrews, one of the most significant books in the New Testament. The book was written in the late 4th century and is considered a valuable resource for...

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St. John Chrysostom on First Corinthians, Volume 1

Morality Christianity Christian Literature Christian Theology Spirituality Biblical Studies

Delve into the profound teachings of the apostle Paul as interpreted by the revered early Christian theologian and preacher, St. John Chrysostom, in "St. John Chrysostom on First Corinthians, Volume 1." Unveil the timeless wisdom hidden within the pa...

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St. John Chrysostom on First Corinthians, Volume 2

Morality Christianity Christian Literature Christian Theology Spirituality Biblical Studies

Delve into the profound insights of St. John Chrysostom with "St. John Chrysostom on First Corinthians, Volume 2." In this illuminating work, the ancient theologian's words come to life as he explores the intricacies of Paul's First Corinthians. With...