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ARCHBISHOP

OF CONSTANTINOPLE;

HIS

LIFE, ELOQUENCE, AND PIETY.

Συνεφερεν ίνα ο ήλιος συνέστειλε τας ακτίνας αυτού, η ίνα το
στομα Ιωάννου εσιώπησε.

RATHER LET THE SUN BE BLOTTED FROM THE FIRMAMENT, THAN
THE MOUTH OF JOHN BE SILENCED!-See page 28.

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ENTERED according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1841,
by W. JOSEPH WALTER, in the Clerk's Office of the
District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia:
Printed by King & Baird,

No. 9 George St.

WOR 20JUN 34

PREFACE.

When we look at the productions of the Fathers of the Greek and Latin Church, and more particularly at the writings of the great St. Chrysostom, and consider the splendor of his eloquence, the edifying warmth of his paternal zeal, and his profound knowledge of the human heart, as exhibited in his numerous Homilies and Treatises, we are surprised at the few efforts that have been made to familiarize the English reader with his beauties. A humble attempt towards supplying this desideratum is made in the volume here offered to the public. Should it find acceptance, it is intended to be followed by others, illustrative of the writings and character of the leading Fathers who adorned the Greek and Latin Church.

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The limited nature of our volume does not allow us to enumerate the Church historians, French commentators, and English critics, who have published to the world their opinion of the great St. Chrysostom. There is one testimony, however, which we must not withhold, coming as it does from a quarter, where no undue bias was to be apprehended. Alexander Knox, in his Correspondence with Dr. Jebb, bishop of Limerick, thus speaks of the Saint: "In the great department of holiness we have St. Chrysostom, exhibiting and enforcing every high and holy attainment, with sweet simplicity, with delightful cheerfulness, with majestic sublimity. . . . Most of the sincerest modern teachers write and speak as if they had been drilled by habit into their power of religiously conceiving and convincing.This Father, on the contrary, speaks and writes in the simplicity of nature, as if that on which he bestowed his thoughts formed the element of his soul; he utters in a sentence or two what indemnifies richly for pages of com

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