Above: St. John the Almsgiver
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SAINT JOHN THE ALMSGIVER (CIRCA 560-620)
Roman Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria
Also known as Saint John the Merciful
Born in Cyprus, St. John the Almsgiver became Patriarch about 610. He opposed monophysitism, the heresy which states that Jesus was fully divine yet not fully human. The saint did this by the witness of his life more than by his words, and never by confrontation. As James 2:18 reads, “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith” (Revised Standard Version–Second Catholic Edition). He established a church welfare system, built hospitals as well as homes for the frail and the aged, and met twice a week with those experiencing financial or legal difficulties. The saint also organized relief efforts following the Persian Sack of Alexandria.
After nine years, St. John Almsgiver retired and returned to Cyprus, where he died.
His life continues to constitute a powerful witness to the Christian faith.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE
Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant St. John the Almsgiver. May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith, so that we may serve and confess your name before the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35
1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21
John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)
Revised on November 21, 2016