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Sermon on Alms


Passing through the marketplace on his way to church one winter day, John Chrysostom saw beggars and the crippled lying in the street neglected. In response, he delivered a homily imploring his congregants to take alms and care of the poor and overlooked people of the city.

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For more works on Chrysostom, check out the John Chrysostom Collection (7 vols.).

  • Discusses treatment of the beggars and the poor
  • Presents an impassioned sermon, at the time improvised
  • Features translation from the parallel Greek and Latin text of the Abbé Migne
  • Title: Sermon on Alms
  • Author: John Chrysostom
  • Series: Studies in Social Work
  • Volume: 10
  • Publisher: The New York School of Philanthropy
  • Print Publication Date: 1917
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 31
  • Era: era:nicene
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Charity; Poor
  • Resource ID: LLS:SRMALMS
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.sermons
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-04-23T18:16:53Z

John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. After his death (or, according to some sources, during his life) he was given the Greek surname chrysostomos, meaning “golden mouthed,” rendered in English as Chrysostom.