SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
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Saint John is a great father and ecumenical teacher of the Orthodox Church. When he completed his studies, withdrew to the desert for five years, where he lived a life of asceticism and prayer. He later became Patriarch of Constantinople, and he also wrote the Divine Liturgy that we celebrate almost every Sunday. His memory is celebrated on the 13th of November.
Premium Replica of the original icon, on natural linden wood. The wood surface has been prepared in heat and by the use of traditional materials (organic glue, gesso), that provide greater color durability over the years. The painting reproduction was carried out with the most advanced printing and production technology, giving a work of unique quality. Select between the 22k gold plated or the coloured background and obtain a work of exceptional aesthetics.
Saint John is a great father and ecumenical teacher of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was born in Antioch in 347 AD to parents named Secundus and Anthousa. Early in his life, his father died, and his mother – a widow at only 20 years old – raised him and formed him in an atmosphere of devout Christian faith. He had an immense intellect, and he studied many scientific disciplines in Antioch – under the then famous rhetor and teacher Libanius – as well as in Athens, alongside his dear friend St. Basil the Great. When he completed his studies, he returned to Antioch and withdrew to the desert for five years, where he lived a life of asceticism and prayer, studying the Holy Scriptures. He became sick, however, and had to return again to Antioch. There, he was ordained to the diaconate in 381 AD at the age of 34 years old by Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch. Later, he was ordained to the presbyterate at the age of 40 years old by Meletius’ successor Flavian. His reputation reached all the way to the capital city, and on December 15th, 397 AD, by the common agreement of the Emperor Arcadius and the clergy, he was elected Patriarch of Constantinople, an honour which he himself had never sought. Additionally, Chrysostom is the author of the Divine Liturgy that we still celebrate every Sunday, with only some minor changes. Saint Chrysostom, during his patriarchal tenure, was an uncompromising critic of every form of lawlessness and evil. For this same reason, however, he made many enemies, including even the Empress Eudoxia, whom he had rebuked for her transgressions. In return, she had the Saint exiled twice. He died in exile after much abuse and many hardships in 407 AD. It should also be noted that Chrysostom died on September 14th, but because of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, his feast is now celebrated on the 13th of November. This original icon was painted on Mt. Athos, by the monks of the Holy Koutloumousian Cell of Saint John the Theologian.
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