St John Chrysostom: the cross is our glory, our blessing, and our crown

St John Chrysostom

St John Chrysostom (d. 407)

Today is the feast of St John Chrysostom (d. 407), Patriarch of Constantinople. St John’s last words were “Glory be to God for all things”.

BUT let us with a clear voice, shouting both loud and high, cry out and say (and should all the heathen be present, so much the more confidently), that the cross is our glory, and the sum of all our blessings, and our confidence, and all our crown.

I would that also with Paul I were able to say, “By which the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal 6:14) but I cannot, restrained as I am by various passions.

Wherefore I admonish both you, and surely before you myself, to be crucified to the world, and to have nothing in common with the earth, but to set your love on your country above, and the glory and the good things that come from it. For indeed we are soldiers of a heavenly King, and are clad with spiritual arms.

Homily LII On Matthew (on Mt 15:21, 22), translation from CCEL.

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THOU hast become, O Chrysostom, an instrument played by the breath of God, through whom the Holy Spirit hath spoken; for with thy cry, clearly articulated, the sound of thy teaching hath run the bounds of the earth.

And becoming an imitator of the Apostles, O holy one, thou hast arrived at the country which thou didst desire.

Intercede with the Lord, O all-blessed one, to bring peace with the world, and to save our souls.

Theotokion

Rescue us from our necessities, O Mother of Christ God, who bore the Maker of all, that we might cry out to thee: Rejoice, thou the only Patroness of our souls.

Original at Analogion.

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