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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 4 on Second Thessalonians
      2 Thessalonians 2:6-9 And now you know that which restrains, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness does already work: only there is one that restrains now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall ... read more

Homily 4 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts 2:1-2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven. Do you perceive the type? What is this Pentecost? The time when the sickle was to be put to the harvest ... read more

Homily 4 on the Statues
      An exhortation to the people respecting fortitude and patience, from the examples of Job and the Three Children in Babylon. The Homily concludes with an address on the subject of abstaining from oaths. 1. Blessed be God! Who has comforted your sorrowin ... read more

Homily 40 on Matthew
      Matthew 12:9-10. And when He was departed thence, He went into their synagogue: and, behold, a man which had his hand withered. Again He heals on a Sabbath day, vindicating what had been done by His disciples. And the other evangelists indeed say, t ... read more

Homily 40 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XVIII. 18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. See how the Law was bre ... read more

Homily 41 on Matthew
      Matthew 12:25-26. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself shall be brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself, shall not stand: and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against ... read more

Homily 41 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XIX. 8, 9 And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when various were hardened, and believed not, but spoke evil of that way before the mu ... read more

Homily 42 on Matthew
      Matt. XII. 33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by his fruit. Again in another way He shames them, and is not content with His former refutations. But this He ... read more

Homily 42 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XIX. 21, 23 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. So he sent into Macedonia two of them that minister ... read more

Homily 43 on Matthew
      Matthew 12:38-39. Then certain of the Scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, Master, we would see a sign from You. But He answered and said, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sig ... read more

Homily 43 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XX. 1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia. There was need of much comforting after that uproar. Accordingly, having done this, he goes into Macedonia, and ... read more

Homily 44 on Matthew
      Matt. XII. 46-49. While He yet talked to the people, behold, His mother and His brethren stood without, desiring to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, Behold, Your mother and Your brethren stand without, desiring to speak with You. But He answered ... read more

Homily 44 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XX. 17-21 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the Church. And when they had come to him, he said to them, You know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving ... read more

Homily 45 on Matthew
      Matthew 13:10-11. And the disciples came and said to Him, Why do You speak unto them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given. We have good c ... read more

Homily 45 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XX. 32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. What he does when writing in an Epistle, this he does also when spea ... read more

Homily 46 on Matthew
      Matt. XIII. 24-30. Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade ... read more

Homily 46 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXI. 18, 19 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James: and all the elders were present. And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. This was the Bishop of Je ... read more

Homily 47 on Matthew
      Matthew 13:34-35. All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitudes in parables, and without a parable spoke He not unto them; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things tha ... read more

Homily 47 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXI. 39, 40 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and I beseech you, suffer me to speak unto the people. And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the ... read more

Homily 48 on Matthew
      Matt. XIII. 53. And it came to pass, that, when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed thence. Wherefore said He, these? Because He was to speak others besides. And wherefore, again, does He depart? Desiring to sow the word everywhere. An ... read more

Homily 48 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXII. 17-20 And it came to pass, that, when I had come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; and saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get you quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive your testimony ... read more

Homily 49 on Matthew
      Matt. XIV. 13. But when Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by ship into a desert place apart; and when the multitudes had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of all the cities. See Him on every occasion departing, For not by His appearan ... read more

Homily 49 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXIII. 6-8 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. ... read more

Homily 5 on Ephesians
      Chapter II. Verses 11, 12 Wherefore remember, that aforetime ye the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from th ... read more

Homily 5 on Galatians
      With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore . Have you wrought your own deliverance, that you run back again to the dominion you were under before? It is Another who has redeemed you, it is Another who has paid the ransom for you. Observe ... read more

Homily 5 on Matthew
      Matthew 1:22-23. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying, Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel. I hear many say, While ... read more

Homily 5 on Romans
      Rom. I. 28 Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Lest he should seem to be hinting at them by delaying in his discourse so long over the unnat ... read more

Homily 5 on Second Thessalonians
      2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you that you both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts int ... read more

Homily 5 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts II. 14 You men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words. [He men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem,] whom the writer above described as strangers. Here he directs his discourse t ... read more

Homily 5 on the Statues
      The exhortation of the last Homily is continued in this. The people are exhorted to bear with fortitude the impending wrath of the Emperor. The cases of Job and the Ninevites are referred to as examples. It is shown that men ought not to fear death, but s ... read more

Homily 50 on Matthew
      Matthew 14:23-24. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when the evening had come, He was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. F ... read more

Homily 50 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXIII. 31, 32, 33 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: who, when they came to Cæsarea, and delivered the e ... read more

Homily 51 on Matthew
      Matt. XV. 1. Then came to Jesus Scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do Your disciples, etc. Then; when? When He had wrought His countless miracles; when He had healed the infirm by the touch of the hem of His garment. For eve ... read more

Homily 51 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXIV. 22, 23 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them and said, When Lysias the tribune shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and ... read more

Homily 52 on Matthew
      Matthew 15:21-22. And Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vex ... read more

Homily 52 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXV. 23 "And on the morrow, when Agrippa had come, and Bernice with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth. See what an audien ... read more

Homily 53 on Matthew
      MATT. XV. 32. "But Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way." Both above, ... read more

Homily 53 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXVI. 30-32 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them: and when they had gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds. Then sa ... read more

Homily 54 on Matthew
      MATT. XIV. 13. "Now when Jesus had gone forth into the coastsof Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?" Wherefore has he mentioned the founder of the city? Because there was another besides, Cæsare ... read more

Homily 54 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXVIII. 1 And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, th ... read more

Homily 55 on Matthew
      Matt. XVI. 24. Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him renounce himself, and take up his cross and follow me. Then; when? When Peter said, Be it far from You, this shall not be unto You; and was told, Get behind m ... read more

Homily 55 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts XXVIII. 17-20 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they had come together, he said to them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, ... read more

Homily 56 on Matthew
      Matt. XVI. 28. Verily, verily, I say unto you, There are some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Thus, inasmuch as He had discoursed much of dangers and death, and of His own ... read more

Homily 57 on Matthew
      Matt. XVII. 10. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the Scribes that Elias must first come? Not then from the Scriptures did they know this, but the Scribes used to explain themselves, and this saying was reported abroad among the igno ... read more

Homily 58 on Matthew
      MATT. XVII. 22, 23. "And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry." THAT is, to hinder th ... read more

Homily 59 on Matthew
      Matt. XVIII. 7. Woe unto the world because of offenses: for it must needs be that offenses come: but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. And if 'it must needs be that offenses come,' (some one of our adversaries may perchance say), why does H ... read more

Homily 6 on Ephesians
      Chapter II. Verses 17-22 And He came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were near, for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father. So then you are no more strangers and sojourners, but you are fel ... read more

Homily 6 on Galatians
      Verse 1 Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass. Forasmuch as under cover of a rebuke they gratified their private feelings, and professing to do so for faults which had been committed, were advancing their own ambition, he says, Breth ... read more

Homily 6 on Matthew
      Matthew 2:1-2. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to ... read more

Homily 6 on Romans
      Romans II. 17, 18 Behold, you are called a Jew, and restest in the Law, and makest your boast of God, and know His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the Law. After saying that the Gentile wants nothing ... read more

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