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John Chrysostom (349 - 407)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker John Chrysostom in text and pdf format Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. The epithet Χρυσόστομος (Chrysostomos, anglicized as Chrysostom) means "golden-mouthed" in Greek and given for his celebrated eloquence.

The Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches honor him as a saint and count him among the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus. He is recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church as a saint and as a Doctor of the Church. Churches of the Western tradition, including the Roman Catholic Church, some Anglican provinces, and some Lutheran churches, commemorate him on 13 September. Some other Lutheran churches and Anglican provinces commemorate him on the traditional Eastern feast day of 27 January. Chrysostom's extant homiletical works are vast, including many hundreds of exegetical homilies on both the New Testament (especially the works of Saint Paul) and the Old Testament (particularly on Genesis). Among his extant exegetical works are sixty-seven homilies on Genesis, fifty-nine on the Psalms, ninety on the Gospel of Matthew, eighty-eight on the Gospel of John, and fifty-five on the Acts of the Apostles.

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Homily 15 on the Statues
      Again on the calamity of the city of Antioch. That fear is every way profitable. That sorrow is more useful than laughter. And upon the saying, Remember that you walk in the midst of snares. And that it is worse to exact an oath, than to commit murder. ... read more

Homily 16 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 4:31, 32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you. If we are to att ... read more

Homily 16 on Matthew
      Matt. V. 17. Think not that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. Why, who suspected this? Or who accused Him, that He should make a defense against this charge? Since surely from what had gone before no such suspicion was generated. For t ... read more

Homily 16 on Romans
      Rom. IX. 1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost. Did I not seem yesterday to you to have spoken some great and exorbitant things of Paul's love toward Christ? And great indeed they were, too g ... read more

Homily 16 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts 7:6-7 And God spoke on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and a ... read more

Homily 16 on the Statues
      This Homily was delivered on the occasion of the Prefect entering the Church, for the purpose of pacifying the minds of the people, in consequence of a rumour of an intended sack having been announced to him, when all were meditating flight. It treats als ... read more

Homily 17 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 4:32 and 5:1, 2 And be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you. Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself ... read more

Homily 17 on Matthew
      Matthew 5:27-28. You have heard that it was said to them of old time, You shall not commit adultery; but I say unto you, that every one who looks upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery with her already in his heart. Having now finis ... read more

Homily 17 on Romans
      Rom. X. 1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is, that they might be saved. He is now going again to rebuke them more vehemently than before. Wherefore he again does away with every suspicion of hatred, and makes a great effort be ... read more

Homily 17 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts VII. 35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? The same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel which appeared to him in the bush. This is very suitable to the matter in hand. ... read more

Homily 17 on the Statues
      Of the Commissioners (Hellebichus Commander of the Troops, and Cæsarius Master of the Offices ) sent by the Emperor Theodosius for the inquisition of the offenders, on account of the overturning of the Statues. 1. Most opportunely have we all this day ... read more

Homily 18 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 5:5, 6 For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, which is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things co ... read more

Homily 18 on Matthew
      Matthew 5:38-40. You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, that you resist not the evil: but whosoever shall smite you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue ... read more

Homily 18 on Romans
      Romans X. 14, 15 How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written. ... read more

Homily 18 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts VII. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. See, once more, the wrong-doers in trouble. Just as the Jews are perplexed, saying, What are we to do with these men? so these also are ... read more

Homily 18 on the Statues
      The former subject of the Sedition continued; also of fasting; and upon the Apostolic saying, Rejoice in the Lord always. 1. I have observed many persons rejoicing, and saying one to another, We have conquered; we have prevailed; the half of the fast i ... read more

Homily 19 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 5:15, 16, 17 Look then carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. He is still cleansing away the root of bitte ... read more

Homily 19 on Matthew
      Matt. VI. 1. Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them. He roots out in what remains the most tyrannical passion of all, the rage and madness with respect to vainglory, which springs up in them that do right. For at first H ... read more

Homily 19 on Romans
      Rom. XI. 7 What then? Israel has not obtained that, which he seeks for; but the election has obtained it and the rest were blinded. He had said that God did not cast off His people; and to show in what sense He had not cast them off, he takes refug ... read more

Homily 19 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts VIII. 26, 27 And the Angel of the Lord spoke unto Philip, saying, arise and go toward the south unto the way that goes down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went. It seems to me, this (Philip) was one of the seven; fo ... read more

Homily 19 on the Statues
      On the Sunday called Episozomenes, to those who had come to Antioch from the country — also on the subject of avoiding oaths. 1. You have revelled during the last few days in the Holy Martyrs! You have taken your fill of the spiritual feast! You have ... read more

Homily 2 on Ephesians
      Chapter I. Verses 11-14 In whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of his will. Paul earnestly endeavors on all occasions to display the unspeakable loving-ki ... read more

Homily 2 on Eutropius
      After Eutropius having been found outside the Church had been taken captive. 1. Delectable indeed are the meadow, and the garden, but far more delectable the study of the divine writings. For there indeed are flowers which fade, but here are thoughts w ... read more

Homily 2 on Galatians
      Verse 1-2 Then after the space of fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me. And I went up by revelation. His first journey was owing to his desire to visit Peter, his second, he says, arose from a revela ... read more

Homily 2 on Matthew
      Matt. I. 1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Do you indeed remember the charge, which we lately made you, entreating you to hearken unto all the things that are said with all silence, and mystical qui ... read more

Homily 2 on Romans
      Rom. I. 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. An exordium worthy of this blessed spirit, and able to teach all men to offer unto God the firstlings of their good deeds and ... read more

Homily 2 on Second Thessalonians
      2 Thessalonians 1:1-2 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the Church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The greater part of men do and devise all ... read more

Homily 2 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts I. 6 When they therefore had come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, will You at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? When the disciples intend to ask anything, they approach Him together, that by dint of numbers they may abas ... read more

Homily 2 on the Statues
      Spoken in Antioch in the Old Church, as it was called, while he was a presbyter, on the subject of the calamity that had befallen the city in consequence of the tumult connected with the overthrow of the Statues of the Emperor Theodosius, the Great and Pi ... read more

Homily 20 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the Church: being Himself the Saviour of the body. But as the Church is subject to Christ, so let ... read more

Homily 20 on Matthew
      Matt. VI. 16. And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Here it were well to sigh aloud, and to wail bitterly: for not only do we imitate the hypocrites, ... read more

Homily 20 on Romans
      Rom. XII. 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. After discoursing at large upon the love of God toward man, and point ... read more

Homily 20 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts IX. 10, 12 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inqu ... read more

Homily 20 on the Statues
      That the fast of Lent is not sufficient to make us competent to partake of the Communion, but that holiness is the first thing required. How it is possible not to entertain resentment, and that God takes much account of this law; and that the entertaining ... read more

Homily 21 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise), that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth. As a man in forming a body, pla ... read more

Homily 21 on Matthew
      Matt. VI. 24. No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one and despise the other. Do you see how by degrees He withdraws us from the things that now are, and at greater length introduc ... read more

Homily 21 on Romans
      Romans XII. 4, 5 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Again he uses the same ensample as he does to the Corinthians, and t ... read more

Homily 21 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts IX. 26, 27 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the Apostles, and declared unto them h ... read more

Homily 21 on the Statues
      On the return of Flavian the Bishop, and the reconciliation of the Emperor with the city, and with those who had offended in overthrowing the Statues. 1. Today, I shall begin with that very same saying with which I have ever been used to open my addres ... read more

Homily 22 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient unto them that, according to the flesh, are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers: but as servants of Christ, doing the w ... read more

Homily 22 on Matthew
      Matthew 5:28-29. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Having spoken of our necessary food, and having sign ... read more

Homily 22 on Romans
      Rom. XII. 14 Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. After teaching them how they ought to be minded towards one another, and after joining the members closely into one, he next proceeds to lead them forth to the battle without, which ... read more

Homily 22 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts X. 1-4 There was a certain man in Cæsarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. He saw in a visio ... read more

Homily 23 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth. Having drawn up this army, and roused their zeal — for both these things were requisite, both that they should be drawn up in array and subject to each other, and that their spir ... read more

Homily 23 on Matthew
      Matt. VII. 1. Judge not, that you be not judged. What then? Ought we not to blame them that sin? Because Paul also says this selfsame thing: or rather, there too it is Christ, speaking by Paul, and saying, Romans 14:10 Why do you judge your brother? ... read more

Homily 23 on Romans
      Rom. XIII. 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. Of this subject he makes much account in other epistles also, setting subjects under their rulers as household servants are under their masters. And this he does to show that it was not ... read more

Homily 23 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts X. 23, 24 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Cæsarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called togethe ... read more

Homily 24 on Ephesians
      Ephesians 6:14-17 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be ... read more

Homily 24 on Matthew
      Matt. VII. 21. Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Wherefore said He not, but he that does my will? Because for the time it was a great gain ... read more

Homily 24 on Romans
      Rom. XIII. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep. Since he had given them what commands were fitting, he again thrusts them on to the performance of good works, in consideration of what was pressing upon them. ... read more

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