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Saint John Chrysostom is still regarded as one of the most venerated Orthodox saints.
He bequeathed a vast library of homilies and exegesis of the Bible, as well as various hymns before Holy Communion. This also included prayers for the Sacrament of Unction.
St. John Chrysostom's Divine Liturgy became the most commonly employed in the Byzantine rite. This ended up making St. John Chrysostom, who established it, among the most often acknowledged saints in orthodox churches—yet another example underlining the remarkableness of this exceptional man of God.
The uncertainty and intrigue around John, the renowned Antiochene preacher, are typical of any great man's life in a capital city. After 12 years of priestly devotion in Syria, John was brought to Constantinople and found himself the unwilling target of an imperial ruse to appoint him bishop in the empire's biggest city. So instead, John became a bishop in the shadow of imperial politics, ascetic, unimposing yet noble, and tormented by stomach illnesses from his desert experiences as a monk. On November 26, the Holy Church of Christ commemorates Saint John Chrysostom, the great teacher, counselor, and speaker.
There is so much to look at with John Chrysostom's early life. John Chrysostom was born in the city of Antioch in present-day Turkey in the year 349. His parents were born in Syria and had Greek ancestors. His father, a military officer, died not long after being born. His mother's name was Anthusa, and she nurtured him. Libanius, a Greek pagan, was John's first instructor. He educated him on Greek literature and rhetoric. He then enrolled at the School of Antioch to study theology. Later on, Chrysostom studied theology with Bishop Diodore from Tarsus.
He is recognized for his public speaking and preaching, as well as his condemnation of religious and political authorities abusing their positions of power, the Divine Mass of Saint John Chrysostom, with his ascetic sensitivities. Because of his simplicity, he became even more famous and widespread. However, his time as archbishop garnered him many enemies, including Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who charged him with favoring Origen of Alexandria's views. In addition, Empress Aelia Eudoxia viewed the saint as an enemy, believing that the former's criticism of people who indulged in rich feminine clothes was directed at her.
Shortly after his death, John Chrysostom was declared a saint. In the Church of Hagia Sophia, his heir, Saint Proclus, conducted a homily to praise and honor him. On November 13, several churches all around the world commemorate Chrysostom. On January 27, his relics were transported from Comana to Constantinople. In Eastern Christianity, the saint also occupies a unique status as a theologian.
Chrysostom's central premise is that there could be no such thing as 'personal property' in the strict sense since everything comes from God and exclusively to Him. He gives everything as a loan in the shape of a gift. Everything belongs to God, and the only thing a man can genuinely claim like his own are his excellent actions. John Chrysostom was a gifted orator, preacher, and theologian. His sermons, homilies, and treatises all have a social message. The 'Paschal Homily' is one of his most well-known homilies. Every year, it is recited at the Paschal Divine Liturgy service.
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