Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saint John Chrysostom

Athanas or Athanasios Zografi (active 1744 - 1764)
Detail of the Liturgy of the Church Fathers depicting St John Chrysostomos, Jesus Christ and Basil the Great
Fresco 1750
From the Closters of Peter and Paul in Vithkuq, Albania

John Chrysostom (c. 347–407), Archbishop of Constantinople is recognised as a saint and is counted among the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus. He is recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church as a saint and Doctor of the Church

Preacher, theologian and liturgist

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom on the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle with the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople at the Patriarchal Church of Saint George in the Phanar, Istanbul on Thursday, 30 November 2006

Here is his address at the link to the Vatican website

In it he said:

"The Divine Liturgy in which we have participated was celebrated according to the rite of Saint John Chrysostom. The cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ have been made mystically present. For us Christians this is a source and sign of constantly renewed hope. We find that hope beautifully expressed in the ancient text known as the Passion of Saint Andrew:

“I greet you, O Cross, consecrated by the Body of Christ and adorned by His limbs as by precious pearls … May the faithful know your joy, and the gifts you hold in store " "

Most of John's relics were looted from Constantinople by Crusaders in 1204 and taken to Rome, but some were returned to the Orthodox on 27 November 2004 by Pope John Paul II