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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 on First Corinthians (Argument)
      As Corinth is now the first city of Greece, so of old it prided itself on many temporal advantages, and more than all the rest, on excess of wealth. And on this account one of the heathen writers entitled the place "the rich." For it lies on the isthmus o ... read more

Homily on St. Ignatius
      Eulogy. On the holy martyr Saint Ignatius, the god-bearer, arch-bishop of Antioch the great, who was carried off to Rome, and there suffered martyrdom, and thence was conveyed back again to Antioch. 1. Sumptuous and splendid entertainers give frequent ... read more

Homily on St. Ignatius
      Eulogy. On the holy martyr Saint Ignatius, the god-bearer, arch-bishop of Antioch the great, who was carried off to Rome, and there suffered martyrdom, and thence was conveyed back again to Antioch. 1. Sumptuous and splendid entertainers give frequent ... read more

Homily on the Paralytic Let Down Through the Roof
      1. Having lately come across the incident of the paralytic who lay upon his bed beside the pool, we discovered a rich and large treasure, not by delving in the ground, but by diving into his heart: we found a treasure not containing silver and gold and pr ... read more

Instructions to Catechumens - Part 1
      First Instruction To those about to be illuminated; and for what reason the laver is said to be of regeneration and not of remission of sins; and that it is a dangerous thing not only to forswear oneself, but also to take an oath, even though we swear ... read more

Instructions to Catechumens - Part 2
      Second Instruction To those about to be illuminated; and concerning women who adorn themselves with plaiting of hair, and gold, and concerning those who have used omens, and amulets, and incantations, all which are foreign to Christianity. 1. I have ... read more

John 10:14-19
      I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knows Me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 1. A great matter, beloved, a great matter it is to preside over a Church: a matter needing wisdom a ... read more

John 10:22-42
      And it was at Jerusalem, the Feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. Then came the Jews round about Him, and said to Him, How long do you make us to doubt? 1. Every virtue is a good thing, but most o ... read more

John 11:1-27
      Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, of the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment. 1. Many men, when they see any of those who are pleasing to God suffering anything terrible, as, for ... read more

John 11:30-40
      Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him. The Jews then which were with her, and what follows. 1. A great good is philosophy; the philosophy, I mean, which is with us. For what the heathen have is words and f ... read more

John 11:41-48
      Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me; and I knew that You hear Me always, but because of the people which stand by, I said it. And what follows. 1. What I have often said, I will now say, that Christ looks not so ... read more

John 11:49-12:8
      And one of them, Caiaphas, being the High Priest that same year, said to them, You know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not, etc. 1. The heathen are stuck fast in ... read more

John 12:25-32
      He that loves his life shall lose it, and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me. 1. Sweet is the present life, and full of much pleasure, yet not to all, but to those who are riveted ... read more

John 12:34-41
      The people answered Him, We have heard out of the Law that Christ abides for ever; and how do you say, The Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? 1. Deceit is a thing easily detected, and weak, though it be daubed outside with ten thousand ... read more

John 12:42-50
      Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 1. It is necessary for us to ... read more

John 12:8-24
      Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there, and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. 1. As wealth is wont to hurl into destruction those who are not heedful, so also is ... read more

John 13:1-18
      And He took His garments, and having sat down again, said to them, Know ye what I have done to you? And what follows. 1. A grievous thing, beloved, a grievous thing it is to come to the depths of wickedness; for then the soul becomes hard to be restored. ... read more

John 13:1-2
      Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. 1. Be imitators of me, said Paul, as I also a ... read more

John 13:20-31
      Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send, receives Me: and He that receives Me, receives Him that sent Me. 1. Great is the recompense of care bestowed upon the servants of God, and of itself it yields to us its fruits. For, he t ... read more

John 13:36-14:7
      Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus answered him, Whither I go you can not follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterwards. 1. A great thing is love, and stronger than fire itself, and it goes up to the very heaven; there is no hi ... read more

John 14:15-31
      If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him. 1. We need ... read more

John 14:31-15:10
      Arise, let us go hence. I am the true Vine, (you are the branches, ) and My Father is the Husbandman. 1. ' Ignorance' makes the soul timid and unmanly, just as instruction in heavenly doctrines makes it great and sublime. For when it has enjoyed no care, ... read more

John 14:8-14
      Philip says unto Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it suffices us. Jesus says unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me, has seen the Father. sayest thou then, Show us the Father? "N.T.}--> 1 ... read more

John 15:11-16:4
      These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. 1. All things good then have their reward, when they arrive at their proper end ... read more

John 16:16-33
      A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father. Then said some of His disciples among themselves, What is this that He says? [And what follows. ] 1. Nothing is wont so to cast down th ... read more

John 16:4-15
      These things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go My way to Him that sent Me; and none of you asks Me, Where are You going? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow has filled your heart. 1. Great is t ... read more

John 17:1-5
      These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and says, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You. 1. He that has done and taught, it says, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. And w ... read more

John 17:14-26
      I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 1. When having become virtuous we are persecuted by the wicked, or when being desirous of virtue we are mocked at by them, let us ... read more

John 17:6-13
      I have manifested Your Name unto the men which You gave Me out of the world; Yours they were, and You gave them Me, and they have kept Your word. 1. 'Messenger' of great counsel Isaiah 9:6, Septuagint, the Son of God is called, because of the other thing ... read more

John 18:1-37
      When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples. 1. An awful thing is death, and very full of terror, but not to those who have learned the true w ... read more

John 18:37-19:15
      To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears My Voice. 1. A marvelous thing is longsuffering; it places the soul as in a quiet harbor, fleeing it from to ... read more

John 19:16-20:2
      Then delivered he Him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him away. And He, bearing His Cross, went forth into a place called the place of a skull, where they crucified Him. 1. Successes have terrible power to cast down or d ... read more

John 1:1
      In the beginning was the Word. Were John about to converse with us, and to say to us words of his own, we needs must describe his family, his country, and his education. But since it is not he, but God by him, that speaks to mankind, it seems to me super ... read more

John 1:1 - Part 2
      In the beginning was the Word. 1. On the subject of attention in hearkening it is superfluous to exhort you any more, so quickly have you shown by your actions the effects of my advice. For your manner of running together, your attentive postures, the th ... read more

John 1:1 - Part 3
      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. 1. When children are just brought to their learning, their teachers do not give them many tasks in succession, nor do they set them once for all, but they often repeat to them the same short ones, ... read more

John 1:11
      He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. 1. If you remember our former reflections, we shall the more zealously proceed with the building up of what remains, as doing so for great gain. For so will our discourse be more intelligible to you who ... read more

John 1:11-13
      He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. 1. Beloved, God being loving towards man and beneficent, does and contrives all things in order that we may shine in virtue, and as desiring that we be well approved by Him. And to this end He draws no ... read more

John 1:14
      And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us. 1. I desire to ask one favor of you all, before I touch on the words of the Gospel; do not you refuse my request, for I ask nothing heavy or burdensome, nor, if granted, will it be useful only to me who re ... read more

John 1:14 - Part 2
      And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 1. Perhaps we seemed to you the other day needlessly hard upon you and burdensome, using too sharp language, and extending too far our reproaches against t ... read more

John 1:15
      John bears witness of Him, and cries, saying, This is He of whom I spoke, saying, He that comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me. 1. Do we then run and labor in vain? Are we sowing upon the rocks? Does the seed fall upon the rocks? D ... read more

John 1:16-17
      And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. 1. I said the other day, that John, to resolve the doubts of those who should question with themselves how the Lord, though He came after to the preaching, became before and more glorious tha ... read more

John 1:18
      No man has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. 1. God will not have us listen to the words and sentences contained in the Scriptures carelessly, but with much attention. This is why the b ... read more

John 1:21-27
      And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you? 1. A dreadful thing is envy, beloved, a dreadful thing and a pernicious, to the enviers, not to the envied. For it harms and wastes them first, ... read more

John 1:28-34
      These things were done in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day he sees Jesus coming unto him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. 1. A great virtue is boldness and freedom of speech, and the m ... read more

John 1:3
      All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. 1. Moses in the beginning of the history and writings of the Old Testament speaks to us of the objects of sense, and enumerates them to us at length. For, In the beginning, ... read more

John 1:35-40
      Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as He walked, he says, Behold the Lamb of God. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 1. The nature of man is somehow a thing slothful, and eas ... read more

John 1:41-42
      He first finds his own brother Simon, and says unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. 1. When God in the beginning made man, He did not allow him to be alone, but gave him woman for a he ... read more

John 1:43-49
      The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee and finds Philip, and says unto him, Follow Me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1. To every careful thinker there is a gain Proverbs 14:23, Septuagint, says the proverb; and ... read more

John 1:49-2:4
      Nathanael answered and says unto Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God, You are the King of Israel. Jesus answered, and said to him, Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig-tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these. 1. Beloved, we ... read more

John 1:6
      There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 1. Having in the introduction spoken to us things of urgent importance concerning God the Word, (the Evangelist) proceeding on his road, and in order, afterwards comes to the herald of the Word, his nam ... read more

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