Saint John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople

Feast Day: November 13th

& January 30th, February 26th, December 15th, January 27th


The Life of Saint John Chrysostom: His last words were, “Glory be to God for all things.” …

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Apolytikion: Grace like a flame shining forth from thy mouth has illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of poverty and shown us the height of humility. And as by thine own words thou teachest us, Father John Chrysostom, so intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our Souls.

Kontakion: Thou hast received Divine Grace from Heaven, and with thy lips thou dost teach all men to adore the One God in Three Persons. O John Chrysostom, most Blessed Saint, we rightly praise thee; for thou art our teacher, revealing things Divine.

Prosomoia: Let us praise in song the golden trumpet, the instrument inspired by God, the inexhaustible ocean of doctrines, the support of the Church, the Heavenly mind, the depth of wisdom, the mixing bowl of solid gold which pours out rivers of teachings that flow with honey and which waters creation.

Prosomoia: Let us fittingly honour John of golden speech, the unsetting star which lights with the rays of its teachings the whole wide Earth; the herald of repentance, the all-golden sponge that takes away the sweat of dread despair and moistens hearts wasted by sins.

Doxastikon: Thrice-Blessed, Holiest, Venerable Father, the good shepherd and Disciple of Christ the Chief Shepherd, you lay down your life for the sheep. Now too, all-praised John Chrysostom, by your Prayers ask that we may be granted His great mercy.

Doxastikon: With golden words and teachings inspired by God you adorned the Church of God, storing up in it spiritual riches, your words received from God, and so, having woven for you with songs a crown of unfading flowers, she offers it to your Sacred Memory, O John, wise in God, all golden of Soul and tongue. But as you have freedom to speak, Venerable Father, intercede on behalf of our Souls.

Doxastikon: You were revealed as golden-voiced trumpet, O Golden Mouthed of golden words, making the hearts of the faithful golden by your teachings worked in gold. For the sound of your doctrines went out, Venerable Father, and enlightened the ends of all the world.


Throughout his childhood, Saint John Chrysostom was taught much by his Holy mother Saint Anthousa, which helped him to establish his love for Christ and Holy way of life at an early age.

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Febrauary 26th: Ordination to the Priesthood

Saint John lived a great Ascetic life and had a deep understanding of Holy Scripture – interpreting it with the guidance of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Apostle Saint Paul. Saint John was Ordained to the Priesthood and given the title of Chrysostom, which means golden mouthed, because of his most Spiritually eloquent and profound writings and sermons.

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Saint John Chrysostom is the author of the most beautiful and powerful Paschal Sermon we read each year at the Paschal Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection of Christ.


December 15th: Enthronement as Patriarch of Constantinople

His great love, wisdom and spirituality led Saint John to be chosen as Patriarch of Constantinople. It has become a Holy Tradition that each year on his Feast Day, his Icon is placed on the Throne in the Church of Constantinople, and the residing Patriarch moves to the Throne beside Saint John Chrysostom.

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Saint John wrote The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, and this has become the most frequent Divine Liturgy we celebrate throughout the year.

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The Feast Day of The Three Hierarchs, January 30th

Saint John Chrysostom is one of the Three Hierarchs, together with Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory the Theologian.

Doxastikon: The Hierarchs of Christ, and the pride of the Fathers, the towers of the Faith, and the teachers and protectors of the faithful, let us gather together, O lovers of Feasts, and offer them hymns of praise, hymning them as we say: Rejoice, light of the Church, O Wise Basil, and immovable pillar. Rejoice, heavenly nous, O Great Archpriest, Gregory the Theologian. Rejoice, O All-Golden John Chrysostom, the stentorian preacher of repentance. But, O thrice-joyous Fathers, do not cease to ever entreat Christ on behalf of those who celebrate your All-Sacred and Divine Feast with faith and fervour.

Apolytikion: The three greatest beacons of the Three-sunned Godhead, who lighted the whole inhabited world with the beams of their Divine doctrines, the rivers of wisdom flowing with honey, who watered all creation with streams of the knowledge of God, Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian with famous John whose tongue spoke golden words, let all we lovers of their words now assembled honour them in hymns. For they ever intercede with the Trinity on our behalf.

Oikos: Who is sufficient to open his lips and to move his tongue concerning them that breathed with fire in the power of the Word and the Spirit? Howbeit, I shall make bold to speak of such a thing; for the three of them have surpassed all human nature by their great graces, which were many; and in discipline and divine vision, they have outdone them that were illustrious in both. Therefore, Thou hast deemed them worthy of the greatest gifts, since they are thy faithful servants, O Thou Who along dost Glorify Thy Saints.

Hymn: With what crowns of praise shall we crown those teachers, separated in body, united in spirit; leaders of the God-mantled ones, servants of the Trinity and equal to it in number; stars illuminating the universe, and pillars of the Church, who being victorious, have been crowned with crowns of glory by Christ our King and God who possesseth the Great Mercy?

Hymn: With what lofty hymns shall we praise those High Priests, equal to the Apostles in grace, ranking with them in honor and gifts, abolishers of infidelity, saviours and guides by word and deed, shepherds resembling Christ in faith, Earthly Angels, celestial humans, who were honoured by Christ, the Lord of Glory and Possessor of the Great Mercy?

Hymn: With what crowns of praise shall we crown the golden-worded John, with Basil and Gregory, those Spirit-revering vessels and steadfast contenders for the faith, pillars of the Church, confirmation of believers, and comforters to all sinners, springs overflowing with water, from which as we drink, our Souls are refreshed, seeking forgiveness of iniquities and the Great Mercy?

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… and, speaking with a single voice, they said: ‘As you see, the three of us are with God and no discord or rivalry divides us. Each of us, according to the circumstances and according to the inspiration that he received from the Holy Spirit, wrote and taught what befits the Salvation of mankind. There is not among us a first, a second or a third, and if you invoke one of us the other two are immediately present with him. Therefore, tell those who are quarrelling not to create divisions in the Church because of us, for when we were on Earth we spared no effort to re-establish unity and concord in the world. You can conjoin our three Commemorations in one Feast and compose a Service for it, inserting the Hymns dedicated to each of us according to the skill and knowledge that God has given you. Then transmit it to the Christians with the command to celebrate it each year. If they honour us thus as being with and in God, we give them our word that we will intercede for their Salvation in our common Prayer.’


January 27th: Transfer of his Holy Relics to Constantinople

Kontakion: The Church rejoices at the recovery of thy Holy Relics. She kept them hidden, like most precious gold, and by thine intercessions she unceasingly grants healing to those who praise thee, O John Chrysostom.

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Saint John Chrysostom spent three years in exile, where he also Reposed. Over thirty years later his Holy Relics were transferred back to Constantinople. Read about the great forgiveness of Saint John that took place during the Translation of his Holy Relics.


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Quotes by Saint John Chrysostom

The words of Saint John Chrysostom truly are golden! In time you will be able to find some of these here, however until then you can read a number of his quotes on our Holy Quotes page.