St. John Chrysostom

Dates: 347–407
Feast: Sept. 13
Image Source: © Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

John was the bishop of Constantinople, the capital city of the Byzantine Empire. He was such an excellent preacher that people began calling him “Chrysostom,” which means “golden mouth.” He used his eloquence to preach the truth. He spoke out against the rich who refused to help the poor, against priests who used bribes, and even against the empress. His honesty cost him; he was exiled from his home and never allowed to return.