Icons of Saint John Chrysostom

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St. John Chrysostom and his representations in icons

His name translates as “gold mouth”, a tribute to the gift of preaching and public speaking. We revere him for his kindness, almsgiving and charity. His speeches would set on fire some of the coldest hearts. He was also one of the best-educated people of his time, unafraid to enter the most sophisticated disputes with the most astute philosophers to defend the true faith. His influential opponents sent him into exile and made him endure great suffering. Fleeing his persecutors, he preached the word of God throughout the world.

In icons, Saint John Chrysostom appears with symbols of priestly service, of which the scripture is the most ubiquitous. He looks straight in the eyes of the beholder to reach out to his heart and soul. The halo around his head underlines his spirituality and the impact of his word. Icons portray him after a long and strict fast, with dark hair and a short beard. His right hand is raised in a blessing.

Christians turn to him in their prayers for the poor and destitute and to ask for success in lawyering, teaching and other professions connected with public speaking.

How we make and deliver your icon of St. John Chrysostom

At St Elisabeth Convent, we have practised icon painting since 1998. With loyalty and attention to detail, we have followed the ancient Russian and Byzantine traditions and the canon of the Church. Our satisfied customers include churches, families and individuals across the world. Our icons can be found in church iconostases and multiple private collections.

We paint from ancient Byzantine and Russian models and use time-tested traditional processes and natural materials. The recipes for our egg tempera technique have not changed over centuries and still rely on the same set of mineral components. The colours of your icon will not dim for decades.

Choose a variant of your John Chrysostom icon from our catalogue. Alternatively, place a custom order, and we will meet your preferences to the best of our ability.

We will contact you at our earliest convenience to confirm the details of your order. The final price depends on the icon size, your location, and delivery.