St. John Chrysostom | Saint of the Day | September 13

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.



St. John Chrysostom Novena Prayers

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 1

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed throughout his life, from the time of his childhood.

St. John Chrysostom, little is known for certain about your childhood. But your parents were Christians, and it is believed that your mother was a very virtuous woman. She must have greatly influenced you, as you began on the path to holiness.

Please bring my petitions before the throne of God!

You continued on the path to holiness as you grew older. You became a priest and an archbishop, doing a lot of good work for the Church.

Pray for me, that I may be as eager to serve God as you were. Pray that I may do all I can to devote myself to God.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 2

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed from the time he was a student as a young man.

St. John Chrysostom, you studied rhetoric, Greek, and literature from the time you were a young man. As your faith began to mature, you started to pursue the study of theology and to devote yourself to serving God.

Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so devotedly!

You were ordained a priest and an archbishop. You continued your study of Scripture and converted many through your preaching.

Pray for me, that I may always be eager to learn more about God. Pray that I may be open to serving God in whatever ways He calls me to.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 3

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the virtue he showed in the severe penances he practiced out of love for You.

St. John Chrysostom, you committed yourself to asceticism and lived as a hermit for some time. You chose to live in this uncomfortable fashion out of a deep love for God.

Please bring my petitions before God Whom you loved so deeply!

Your penances were so severe that your health began to suffer. Your poor health forced you to cease living as a hermit and return to Antioch, but you continued to do all you could to serve God.

Pray for me, that I may serve God as wholeheartedly as you did. Pray that I may grow in a holy spirit of penance each day.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 4

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed in his devoted service as an archbishop.

St. John Chrysostom, you were made archbishop of Constantinople during the early years of the Church. Your work in the early Church was very important in the growth of Christianity.

Please continue to bring my petitions before the throne of God!

As archbishop, you cared deeply for the needs of your flock. You devoted yourself to practical preaching and were able to bring many to conversion.

Pray for me, that I may always be eager to bring other souls closer to God at every opportunity. Pray that I may be ready and willing to serve God in whatever ways He might call me to.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 5

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed through his years of holy preaching.

St. John Chrysostom, you were given the name “Golden-Mouthed” because of your eloquent preaching. You became very popular because of your preaching, and you worked to bring many souls to God through this work.

Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served with such devotion!

You were able to help convert many pagans through your preaching. On one occasion, your preaching even persuaded some violent men to spare the city from destruction.

Pray for me, that I may always be eager to preach the Good News to others around me. Pray that I may be as devoted a servant of God as you were.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 6

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed through his work studying and interpreting Scripture.

St. John Chrysostom, you were well-known for your eloquent preaching. You spoke of Scripture in ways that many people had not heard before, as you worked to bring your people closer to God.

Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so diligently!

Your preaching applied the lessons found in Scripture to everyday life. Your preaching on Scripture moved many to deeper love of God and conversion.

Pray for me, that I may grow in my love for Scripture each day. Pray that I may always make holy use of the Word of God as I work to grow closer to God.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 7

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the virtue he showed in holding fast to his Faith amidst the sufferings of false accusation.

St. John Chrysostom, you had many enemies during your early years as archbishop of Contantinople. Some of your powerful enemies were determined to undermine your holy work, but you continued to serve God faithfully.

Please continue to bring my petitions before the throne of God!

When your enemies arranged for a pseudo-council to be called and accused you of false crimes there, you were sent into exile. Despite these suffering, you never wavered in your commitment to doing God’s will.

Pray for me, that I may never waver in my Faith, no matter what trials I might face. Pray that I may never weary of doing God’s will no matter how difficult it might be.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 8

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed throughout the trial of being exiled for false crimes.

St. John Chrysostom, your powerful enemies accused you of false crimes at a pseudo-council. They ensured that you were exiled from your home for these false crimes, but you never wavered in your commitment to God and His Church.

Please never waver in bringing my petitions before God!

Despite your sufferings in exile, you remained joyful and at peace. Even though your enemies decided to have you sent farther into exile, you continued serving God until your death.

Pray for me, that I may never waver in my commitment to God. Pray that I may serve God as faithfully as you did.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

St. John Chrysostom Novena - Day 9

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. John Chrysostom as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed in his lifetime of faithful service to your Church. 

St. John Chrysostom, you became known as “Golden-Mouthed” because of your eloquent preaching. Your preaching and your work as an archbishop brought many closer to God.

Please continue to bring my petitions before God Whose Church you served!

You worked faithfully to serve God’s Church throughout many years of your life. Even when your enemies had you exiled, you never ceased doing all you could to serve God.

Pray for me, that I may be as faithful a servant of God as you were. Pray that I may never waver in my commitment to God and His Church, no matter what trials I might face.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. John Chrysostom, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.


The Silent Rhetorician

John was born in 347 in Antioch and was baptized there more than twenty years later. Under the pagan teacher Libanius, he learned rhetoric and Greek literature. He reportedly so impressed his teacher that as Libanius lay dying, he lamented that John could have been his successor as master of rhetoric, “if the Christians had not stolen him from us.” That gift with language that had so impressed Libanius would indeed be put to use, into a service far greater than any master rhetorician could hope for – but not before it had been purified with fasting and prayer. John became a hermit, coming to know his Lord in the silence of prayer. He did penance and at the same time savored Sacred Scripture, committing most of it to memory.

The golden-mouthed preacher

When poor health forced his return to Antioch, his gift with words, now purified by years of silent meditation on God’s Word, came alive again. John, ordained a priest, began to preach in Antioch’s cathedral. People came and the word began to spread: this preacher is “Chrysostom,” golden-mouthed. His words were not easy, but they were like gold: clear and full of God’s light.

Day in and day out, he broke open the word for them, exhorted them, and called them out for their lack of love. He reminded them of the unity of the Eucharistic liturgy with the liturgy of their lives: “Do you wish to honor the body of Christ? Do not ignore him when he is naked…. He who said: ‘This is my body’ is the same who said: ‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food,’ and ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me’... What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger?”

The reluctant archbishop

In 397, against his will and knowledge, the golden-mouthed preacher was nominated archbishop, or Patriarch, of Constantinople, the capital of the Empire. Constantinople may have been the center of the Christian Empire, but the lifestyle of many of its wealthier inhabitants was far from holy. John saw this, and his gift with words spilled over into eloquent homilies.

The Patriarch reminded the wealthy that private property was a consequence of the Fall, and they had no right to withhold their riches from a brother or sister who was starving. He deposed corrupt bishops and refused to cater to the political intrigue of his day. Those seeking favor at bishops’ tables, where they were accustomed to eat well, found only modest fare in this bishop’s house. All this did not earn him friends in the city, where he joked that a bishop needed to have eyes on all sides of his head to please all of those seated around him at official banquets!

“Glory be to God for all things”

The disgruntled wealthy began to find their Patriarch irksome, as he called them to a conversion of life that they did not desire. They gossiped, as people in a large, politically charged city will do. The Empress Euxodia felt her conscience pricked when the Patriarch preached against the court’s extravagant fashions. She conspired with the Patriarch of Alexandria to send John into exile. His first exile was short-lived, for the people protested his departure so fiercely that he was called back. But then the Empress had a silver statue of herself erected near the cathedral, and John’s words, full of God’s clarity, spilled over once more. John was exiled again. His health had never been good, and he died in 407, before reaching his final destination. He had suffered, but this man whose gift with words had served God’s Word could still praise. His last words are reported to have been, “Glory be to God for all things.” John Chrysostom is one of the great Greek Fathers of the Church.

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