Today, the Serbian Orthodox Church and its believers are celebrating a holiday dedicated to St. John Chrysostom, the great saint and reformer.
Numerous Orthodox believers today celebrate the baptismal feast dedicated to St. John Chrysostom, the great saint and reformer, who is also known as the most famous preacher in the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
He wrote a special act of the holy liturgy, shamed heretics, interpreted the Scriptures with his golden mind and language, and left to the church many precious books of his sermons.
He is one of the Holy Three Hierarchs, and he was nicknamed Chrysostom because of his rhetorical abilities.
In 397, he was elected bishop of Constantinople, after which he came into conflict with Eutropius, the minister of the court of Emperor Arcadia, and with Empress Eudoxia, because he proposed a complete reform of the way of life, both in the church and at the imperial court.
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He wrote a special act of the holy liturgy, shamed heretics, interpreted the Holy Scriptures with his golden mind and language, and left the church many precious books of his sermons. Because of all that, the people glorified him, and the envious hated him, while the empress sent him into exile twice. He spent three years in exile, ending on the Day of the Cross on September 14, 407. in Komanu, Armenia.
Folk beliefs and customs
Namely, according to the beliefs of our ancestors, the one who breaks the thread on this day, the wire also broke his life. That is why sewing and knitting needles, as well as weaving looms, must not be used until midnight on November 26.
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Saint John Chrysostom is considered to be one of the most learned saints in Serbia, so it is believed that on this day one should “take” a dear book and read at least a part of it, for one’s peace of mind and the saint’s blessing.
In addition to November 26, January 27 marks the transfer of his relics from the Armenian village of Komana to Constantinople in 438.
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