Read about the Life of St. John here
St John was Patriarch of Constantinople from 582 - 595, and was the first to use the title “Ecumenical Patriarch.”
After a virtuous life of piety, during which he performed many miracles, St. John reposed on September 2, 595. His grace-filled relics were entombed in the Church of the Holy Apostles.
Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. John from the Menaion
Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org. Authorized only for private devotional purposes. Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.
Let us chant unto Christ, Who shone forth in the world the wise hierarch who is resplendent with the precepts of the kingdom, for He hath been glorified forever.
O ye faithful, let us honor the great hierarch John, Who shone forth in the world with the light of piety and hath dispelled the gloom of impiety.
As thou standest with the angels before the unapproachable King, O most blessed John, thou preacher of sacred things, pray that purification be granted to those who celebrate thy memory.
By abstinence and steadfast prayer, O God-bearing father, thou didst ascend to the lofty city of the virtues, where thou partakest of a torrent of sweetness.
As thou hast boldness before God, O venerable and wise hierarch John, pray that those who celebrate thy memory with faith may be saved.
As a teacher of the dogmas of piety and a true speaker of wise words, thou hast been crowned for thy victory over heresies, O venerable one.
In hymns let us all praise the wise hierarch, saying: O God-bearing John, pray thou earnestly to the Lord, that we be saved.
Having thee as a planter of the dogmas of piety and a wise hierarch, O divinely blessed John, we praise thee with hymns and songs.
O glorious primate and sustainer, hierarch of the Lord, with songs and hymns we, the faithful, celebrate thy sacred memory.
As a pastor thou wast anointed with the oil of piety, O divinely wise one; wherefore, we all praise thee as a hierarch, O venerable one.
As an emulator of the apostles in pangs and vigils, O divinely wise and glorious one, thou didst intercede for the people of the Church.
Thou didst emulate the zeal of Elijah and Moses the God-beholder, O father manifest in sanctity, and didst put to shame the teachers of heresy.
With thy divine dogmas and wise instructions thou didst adorn the glory of the Church, O blessed John, and didst cause heresies to vanish.
With the beauty of thy dogmas thou didst illumine all creation like a lamp of piety, O divinely wise teacher, and with the word of God thou hast cast heresies into darkness.
Arming thyself with thy tongue and discourse instead of a sword, O venerable one, thou didst cut down all false doctrines and didst clearly explain the Trinity to all.
Blessed art Thou forever, O Lord God of our fathers, Who hast shown forth the pious and wise hierarch as a beacon on the earth.
Blessed art Thou forever, O Lord God of our fathers, Who hast shown the great John to be a true shepherd for Thy flock.
Having put down the uprisings of the flesh, O father, thou didst cry out to Christ: Blessed art Thou forever, O Lord God of our fathers!
Emulating Moses, O thrice blessed hierarch, thou didst ascend the mountain to the darkness, receiving the noetic law of grace; wherefore, we hymn Christ forever.
Shepherding thy people, O hierarch, thou didst drive away the falsehood of Egypt, and, avoiding the passions of Babylon, thou didst attain the heavenly Sion as thy dwelling-place for all ages.
Anointed with myrrh, discourse and works of piety, O most sacred one manifest in sanctity, thou didst perform the sacred and divine services; wherefore, thou hymnest the Trinity in one Essence for all ages.
Having shown us the words of everlasting life by dispassion and faith, hope and love, O wise John, pray thou, that our souls be saved.
We all praise thee as a hierarch who shepherded the people of the honored Church with the staff of the Holy Spirit and drove away heresies hateful to God.
O father John of great renown, in psalms and hymns we honor thee continually as a hierarch and beacon of the Church, and we venerate the shrine of thy relics.