St. John Chrysostom (Feast Day – September 13)


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St. John was born in Antioch in 344. He is one of the Early Church Fathers and was  the Archbishop of Constantinople. He was very well known for his preaching and sermons. In his youth, he lead a monastic life and spent six years in the desert. In 386, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Fabian.

In 398, he became the Archbishop of Constantinople, but he had many enemies including the Patriarch of Alexandria and Empress Eudoxia, who was offended by his discourses. He suffered persecution at the hands of his enemies and he was sent into exile. He died on September 14, 407

He is the Patron Saint of Orators, Preachers and Speakers

The Prayer of St. John Chrysostom –

Oh almighty God, Who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto Thee; and hast promised that, when two or three are gathered together in Thy name, Thou wilt grant their requests, fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of Thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

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