||Who was Saint John Chrysostom?
Saint John Chrysostom was born in Antioch around
the year 349, and after an extensive education embraced a life of
asceticism. He was the Archbishop of Constantinople from approximately
397 to 407, during a period of great reform and renewal among the
clergy and faithful of the Byzantine Roman Empire. Twice he was forced
into exile by enemies and the imperial court, and died at Comana in
Pontus, Asia Minor (present-day Turkey).
What did he do?
Because of his exceptional preaching and
writings to explain Christian doctrine, he is called Chrysostom,
or Golden Mouth. The Divine Liturgy attributed to him is the most
celebrated among all the Byzantine Churches today. His sermons,
especially a famous one given on the Feast of the Resurrection of
Our Lord, are studied today for their theological and pastoral content.
It is frequently read in its entirety on Pascha (Easter).