“Truly wondrous is the whole chronicle of the Nativity”

St John Chrysostoms was well known for his remarkable sermons. They gave him his nickname, ‘chhrysostom’ – ‘golden mouth.’

Although preached over 1000 years ago many still speak to us today. At the Geat Easter Vigil at St Chrysostom’s each year we hear the wonderful Easter Sermon of St John Chrysostom read out. Here for Christmas is an extract from one of his nativity sermons.

The sermon begins:

BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.

Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields.

(Click here for: Nativity Sermon of St John Chrysostom)

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About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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