St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople reposed in the Lord on 14 September 407 when being on his way to exile, in the city of
"It was only because we thought that your body, Holy Father, is dead like the bodies of the others, and we just wanted to transfer it close to us. Therefore, did we rightfully fail. You, however, Holy Father, who has taught repentance for all, forgive us. Remit yourself to us as a present, like a father to his children who love him, and give us joy with your presence". It was only when this letter was placed upon the Holy Relics of the saint that his transfer to the Queen of all cities became possible. On the return of the relics to
The tradition of enthronement of St. John Chrysostom on the Patriarchal Throne, is upheld to this very day in the Phanar, on the feast day of the Saint (13 November) as well as on the feast day of the Translation of his Holy Relics (27 January). On these days the Ecumenical Patriarch does not ascend onto his Throne, but he officiates from the "Parathronion", the smaller throne next to the Patriarchal Throne, both during Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy. The sacred icon of St. John Chrysostom is placed on the Patriarchal Throne, and the Great Ecclesiarch places next to the icon the pastoral staff of the saint. The priests and the deacons who are going to participate in the celebration of both Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy on those days do not receive the blessing from the Ecumenical Patriarch as they usually do, but from the sacred icon of the saint, who remains alive in the memory of the Church of Constantinople.
The Holy Relics of the saint remained in the Church of the Holy Apostles up until the first Capture and Sack of the City by the Crusaders in 1204. After the pillage that followed, the Holy Relics of both these two saints were taken first to
The Holy Relics of St. John Chrysostom in the beginning were placed in the Vestry of the old (medieval)
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