Saint of the Week:
St. John Chrysostom

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“If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the Church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.”

FEAST DAY: September 13
PATRON SAINT of orators, preachers and speakers

Standing up for what is right isn’t always the easiest thing to do. It may not make you popular or the most liked amongst your peers, but your integrity and moral courage will be an inspiration to many others. St. John Chrysostom understood this, and so he never shied away from the opportunity to lovingly correct others and speak out against the evils of his time no matter what the cost. 

Born around 347 in Antioch, Syria, John was well-known for his gifts as a biblical scholar and an eloquent speaker. His name Chrysostom actually means “golden-mouthed” — how appropriate! When he became the bishop-patriarch of Constantinople in 397, he deposed bishops who bought their way into office and donated his riches to the poor and for the construction of hospitals. Through his sermons, he provided concrete steps for the rich to share their wealth with the poor, and reminded married men to be as faithful to their wives as they are to them. He did much to reform the metropolis of Constantinople, and a lot of good came from it. However, many people did not appreciate being called out and became upset with John, including Emperor Theophilus of Alexandria. John was eventually impeached and exiled. He died en route in 407. 

HOURLY PRAYERS OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 

1:00 AM O Lord, deprive me not of Your Celestial Gifts

2:00 AM O Lord, deliver me from all eternal torments 

3:00 AM O Lord, if I have sinned with my mind, with my thoughts, with my words or actions, forgive me 

4:00 AM O Lord, deliver me from every ignorance & forgetfulness, from of all neglect, slack and stinginess of soul & hardness of heart 

5:00 AM O Lord, free me from all temptation 

6:00 AM O Lord, enlighten my heart darkened by the desires of the malignant one 

7:00 AM O Lord, I, being a human being, have failed but You, as benevolent God, have piety on me, seeing the weaknesses of my soul

8:00 AM O Lord, send me your Mercy to aid me, so that I be may be able to glorify Your Holy Name 

9:00 AM O Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe this Your servant in the Book of Life and grant me a blessed, good end to my life 

10:00 AM O Lord my God, even if I have done nothing good before Thee, help me with Your grace to begin to do all that is good 

11:00 AM O Lord, cover my heart with the dew of Your love 

12:00 PM O Lord of the Heavens and of earth, remember me, Your sinful servant, impure and cold of heart, in Your Kingdom 

1:00 PM O Lord, accept my repentance 

2:00 PM O Lord, do not abandon me 

3:00 PM O Lord, grant me to be separated from temptation 

4:00 PM O Lord, grant me pure thoughts 

5:00 PM O Lord, grant me tears of repentance, remembrance of death, and the sense of peace 

6:00 PM O Lord, grant me humility, charity, and obedience 

7:00 PM O Lord, grant me mindfulness to confess my sins 

8:00 PM O Lord, grant me tolerance, magnanimity, and sweetness 

9:00 PM O Lord, implant in me the fount of all blessings: the fear of Thee in my heart 

10:00 PM O Lord, vouchsafe that I may love Thee with all my heart and soul, and that I may always obey Your will 

11:00 PM O Lord, protect me from all provokers, from demons, from corporal passions and from all that does not conduce me to You 

12:00 AM O Lord, I know You act as You will; in this way, may it be so that in me, a sinner, Your will be done, because You are blessed for ever and ever