The Worship Liturgy of John Chrysostom

The worship liturgy written and compiled by John Chrysostom was probably that used by the theological school of Antioch and was likely developed from Syrian liturgies. When John served as Constantinople’s bishop, from 398 to 403, he refined his worship liturgy and included the trinitarian theology of Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory the Theologian. John’s worship liturgy was used in the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) and became the normative liturgical form used in the churches within the Byzantine empire. The two worship liturgies of John Chrysostom and Basil the Great were commonly used in the Eastern Church by the end of the reign of emperor Justinian. John’s liturgy is still used in Orthodox churches throughout the world today.