November 13, 2016

The Golden Mouth of Saint John Chrysostom

By St. John Moschos

(The Spiritual Meadow, Ch. 191)

The holy John, Archbishop of Constantinople, was given the name Chrysostom (golden-mouthed) because of the wonderfully accurate purity of his teaching and the splendid beauty of his eloquence. It was said of him that from the time of his saving Baptism onwards he never swore an oath, nor compelled anyone else to swear an oath, never lied, never cursed anybody, never slandered or made fun of anybody.