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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 24 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts X. 44, 46 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift o ... read more

Homily 25 on Matthew
      Matt. VII. 28. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine. Yet was it rather natural for them to grieve at the unpleasantness of His sayings, and to shudder at the loftiness of His injunctions ... read more

Homily 25 on Romans
      Romans XIV. 1, 2 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believes that he may eat all things; another, who is weak, eats herbs. I Am aware that to most what is here said is a difficulty. And therefore I mu ... read more

Homily 25 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XI. 19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that rose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. The persecution turned out to be no slight benefit ... read more

Homily 26 on Matthew
      Matt. VIII. 5. And when He was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. The leper came unto Him when He had come down from the mounta ... read more

Homily 26 on Romans
      Rom. XIV. 14 I know, and am persuaded by (Gr. in) the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself, but to him that esteems anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. After first rebuking the person who judges his brother, and moving him t ... read more

Homily 26 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XII. 1, 2 Now at that time Herod the King stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were th ... read more

Homily 27 on Matthew
      Matt. VIII. 14. And when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother laid and sick of a fever: and He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose and ministered unto Him. But Mark adds also, immediately, meaning to decla ... read more

Homily 27 on Romans
      Rom. XIV. 25-27 Now to Him that is of power to establish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and (manuscripts ... read more

Homily 27 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XII. 18, 19 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went ... read more

Homily 28 on Matthew
      Matthew 8:23-24. And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves, but He was asleep. Now Luke, Luke 8:22 to free himself from hav ... read more

Homily 28 on Romans
      Rom. XV. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. Again, he is speaking of Christ's concern for us, still holding to the same topic, and showing what great ... read more

Homily 28 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XIII. 4, 5 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their mini ... read more

Homily 29 on Matthew
      Matthew 9:1-2. And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city. And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said to the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; your si ... read more

Homily 29 on Romans
      Rom. XV. 14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. (So most: S. Chrys. others.) He had said, Inasmuch as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, ... read more

Homily 29 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XIII. 16, 17 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience. The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, a ... read more

Homily 3 on Ephesians
      Chapter I. Verses 15-20 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus, which is among you, and which you show toward all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Je ... read more

Homily 3 on Galatians
       O foolish Galatians who did bewitch you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth, crucified? Here he passes to another subject; in the former chapters he had shown himself not to be an Apostle of men, nor by men, nor in want of Apostolic i ... read more

Homily 3 on Matthew
      Matt. I. 1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Behold a third discourse, and we have not yet made an end of the prefatory matter. It was not then for nought that I said, It is the nature of these though ... read more

Homily 3 on Romans
      Rom. I. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold down the truth in unrighteousness. Observe the discretion of Paul, how after encouraging by the gentler things, he turns his discour ... read more

Homily 3 on Second Thessalonians
      2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 Who shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of His might, when He shall come to be glorified in His Saints, and to be marveled at in all them that believed. There are man ... read more

Homily 3 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts I. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. Then returned they, it is said: namely, when they had heard. For they could not have borne it, if the angel had not (ὑ πε ... read more

Homily 3 on the Statues
      On the departure of Flavian, Bishop of Antioch, who had gone on an embassy to the Emperor Theodosius, on behalf of the city. Of the dignity of the Priesthood. What is true fasting. Slander worse than devouring the human body. And finally of those who had ... read more

Homily 30 on Matthew
      Matt. IX. 9. And as Jesus passed forth from thence, He saw a man sitting at the receipt of custom, named Matthew; and He says unto him, Follow me. For when He had performed the miracle, He did not remain, lest, being in sight, He should kindle thei ... read more

Homily 30 on Romans
      Rom. XV. 25-27 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It has pleased them verily, and their debtors they are. ... read more

Homily 30 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XIII. 42 And as they were going out (text rec. 'from the syn. of the Jews,') they besought (the Gentiles) that these words might be spoken unto them on the following sabbath. Do you mark Paul's wisdom? He not only gained admiration at the time, ... read more

Homily 31 on Matthew
      Matt. IX. 18. While He spoke these things unto them, behold, there came in a ruler, and worshipped Him, saying, My daughter is even now dead; but come and lay Your hand upon her, and she shall live. The deed overtook the words; so that the mouths o ... read more

Homily 31 on Romans
      Rom. XVI. 5 Salute my well-beloved Epenetus, who is the first-fruits of Achaia unto Christ. I think that many even of those who have the appearance of being extremely good men, hasten over this part of the Epistle as superfluous, and having no great ... read more

Homily 31 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XIV. 14, 15 Which when the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that you sh ... read more

Homily 32 on Matthew
      Matt. IX. 27-30. And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus says unto them, Believe ye that I am able t ... read more

Homily 32 on Romans
      Romans XVI. 17, 18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words ... read more

Homily 32 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XV. 1 And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and said, Unless you are circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved. Mark how at every step of the right progress in respect of the Gentiles, the beginning is ... read more

Homily 33 on Matthew
      Matt. X. 16. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Having made them feel confident about their necessary food, and opened unto them all men's houses, and having invested th ... read more

Homily 33 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XV. 13, 15 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Symeon has declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of t ... read more

Homily 34 on Matthew
      Matt. X. 23. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into the other; for verily I say unto you, you shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of Man be come. Having spoken of those fearful and horrible things, enough to m ... read more

Homily 34 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XV. 35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. Observe again their humility, how they let others also take part in the preaching. And some days after Paul said to Barnabas ... read more

Homily 35 on Matthew
      Matt. X. 34. Think not that I have come to send peace on earth; I am not come to send peace, but a sword. Again, He sets forth the things that are more painful, and that with great aggravation: and the objection they were sure to meet Him with, He ... read more

Homily 35 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XVI. 13, 14 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont (Chrys. was thought likely) to be made; and we sat down, and spoke unto the women which resorted there. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purp ... read more

Homily 36 on Matthew
      Matt. XI. 1. And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. That is, after He had sent them, He proceeded to withdraw Himself, to give them room and oppo ... read more

Homily 36 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XVI. 25, 26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, an ... read more

Homily 37 on Matthew
      Matthew 11:7-9. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment; behold, they that w ... read more

Homily 37 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XVII. 1, 2, 3 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: and Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, ... read more

Homily 38 on Matthew
      Matthew 11:25-26. At that time Jesus answered and said, I make acknowledgment unto You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth; because You have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seem ... read more

Homily 38 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XVII. 16, 17 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with th ... read more

Homily 39 on Matthew
      Matt. XII. 1. At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain; and His disciples were a hungered, and began to pluck the ears of grain, and to eat. But Luke says, On a double Sabbath. Now what is a double Sabbath? When the cessation fr ... read more

Homily 39 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XVII. 32-34, XVIII. 1 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear you again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was ... read more

Homily 4 on Ephesians
      Chapter II. Verses 1-3 And you did He quicken, when you were dead through your trespasses and sins, wherein aforetime ye walked, according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that now works in the ... read more

Homily 4 on Galatians
      Verse 1-3 But I say, that so long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bond-servant, though he is lord of all; but is under guardians and stewards, until the term appointed of the father. So we also when we were children, were held in bond ... read more

Homily 4 on Matthew
      Matt. I. 17. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. He has di ... read more

Homily 4 on Romans
      Romans I. 26, 27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one towards ... read more

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