St John Chrysostom on prayer

“Prayer is a great weapon, a rich treasure, a wealth that is never exhausted, an undisturbed refuge, a cause of tranquility, the root of a multitude of blessings and their source.”

-St. John Chrysostom, d. 407.

The Eastern Orthodox and Eastern-rite Catholic Churches venerate St John as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, while in the Roman Catholic Church he is revered as a great Doctor of the Church. During his tumultuous tenure as Patriarch of Constantinople, he ran afoul of the Empress Eudoxia after criticizing her for her vanity, haughtiness and indifference to the plight of the city’s poor. He offended the imperial capital’s wealthy political elites by turning over their lavish gifts to him to the poor and exhorting them to repent of their dissolute lifestyles. Extremely eloquent and persuasive as a preacher, he earned his epithet meaning “the golden mouthed” from his numerous homilies and his masterful writings as a practiced ascetic and theologian. He is the principal author of the Divine Liturgy which bears his name. The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is the most widely used liturgical form in the world today following the Novus Ordo ‘ordinary form’ of the Roman Catholic Mass, and among both Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics, this Byzantine liturgical form is the most widely celebrated.

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4 thoughts on “St John Chrysostom on prayer

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    • Very interesting Jonathan! Thanks for the link, I will look into the different translations of his writings which you have available.

      Yes, the Orthodox Churches as well as most of those Eastern-rite Catholic Churches which have maintained or restored communion with the See of Rome have used the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom since the fifth century. Its essential form dates to his lifetime.

      Are you a part of a particular Christian tradition or denomination?

      • You could call me non-denominational Reformed, although perhaps I’m closer to a Reformed Baptist. The rather small church I serve at is Reformed, believer’s baptism, and liturgical. It’s a wonderful blend, and I love how historically rooted we are!

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