Category Archives: St. Gennadius of Constantinople

St. Gennadius: Always have the fear of God . . .

St. Gennadios Scholarios“Always have the fear of God in your heart, and remember that God is always with you, everywhere, whether you are walking or sitting.”

+ St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 14

St. Gennadius of Constantinople: Adorn yourself with truth, try to speak truth in all things . . .

Icon Beatitudes“Adorn yourself with truth, try to speak truth in all things; and do not support a lie, no matter who asks you. If you speak the truth and someone gets mad at you, don’t be upset, but take comfort in the words of the Lord: Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of truth, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:10).”

+ St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 26,2

St. Gennadius of Constantinople: To judge sins is the business of one who is sinless . . .

Icon of St. Gennadius“To judge sins is the business of one who is sinless, but who is sinless except God? Who ever thinks about the multitude of his own sins in his heart never wants to make the sins of others a topic of conversation. To judge a man who has gone astray is a sign of pride, and God resists the proud. On the other hand, one who every hour prepares himself to give answer for his own sins will not quickly lift up his head to examine the mistakes of others.”

— St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 53-55

St. Gennadius of Constantinople: Seek the simplest in all things . . .

Icon of St. Gennadius“Seek the simplest in all things, in food, clothing, without being ashamed of poverty. For a great part of the world lives in poverty. Do not say, “I am the son of a rich man. It is shameful for me to be in poverty.” Christ, your Heavenly Father, Who gave birth to you in the baptistery, is not in worldly riches. Rather he walked in poverty and had nowhere to lay His head. ”

— St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 24-25

St. Gennadius of Constantinople: Do not say, “I have sinned much . . .”

St. Gennadius“Do not say: ‘I have sinned much, and therefore I am not bold enough to fall down before God.’ Do not despair. Simply do not increase your sins in despair and, with the help of the All-merciful One, you will not be put to shame. For He said, ‘he who comes to Me I will not cast out.’ (John. 6:37) And so, be bold and believe that He is pure and cleanses those who draw near to Him. If you want to accomplish true repentance, show it with your deeds. If you have fallen into pride, show humility; if into drunkenness, show sobriety; if into defilement, show purity of life. For it is said, ‘Turn away from evil and do good.’ (I Pet. 3:11)”

— St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 87-89