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How do you pronounce Chrysostom?

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Servus Iesu, May 21, 2006.

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  1. Servus Iesu

    Servus Iesu New Member

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    I've heard it said like: "kris-sis-tum" and also "kris-SOS-tum" with the second syllable stressed. What is the right pronunciation?

    Also, I've been reading St. John Chrysostom's homilies on the Acts of the Apostles. I was thinking of collecting together the quotes from the homilies that I really like and saving them for future reference. Would anyone be interested if I posted Chrysostom's Quotables here as I found them?
     
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    gzt The age of the Earth is 4.54 ± 0.07 billion years

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    It's Χρυσόστομος in Greek, if that helps. In which case, it would be kri-SOS-tom. The Latins, of course, wrote it Chrysostomus, draw your own conclusions about what that would cause the English to be. Either works, really, but pedants like the more pedantic one.
     
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    I know three ways.

    • KRI-zus-tum
    • kri-ZOSS-tum
    • kri-ZOS-toe-mos
    I believe that they are all legit.
     
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    Id tota Graecia est ad me.
     
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    Servus Iesu New Member

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    Thanks for the help.

    "Wherever the Holy Spirit finds a man of clay, He turns him into a man of gold." -St. John Chrysostom

    This is my favorite quote so far. I'll share others as I find them.
     
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    repentant Orthodoxy: Debunking heretics since 33 A.D.

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    The first letter is more of an H than a C or K. So Hree-so-sto-mos. In English is where it has the C or K sound.
     
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    i think any of the renderings on thread 3 will do. Kudos to repentant for pointing out the 'h' sound .
     
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    Nickolai Eastern Orthodox Priest

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    it's kinda like that back of the throat kind of H too.
     
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    Matrona Lady Godiva Freedom Rider

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    I pronounce the saint's name "Chry-sis-tom". I've also seen it as a surname, which I pronounce however the person wants me to. :p ;)
     
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    Don't let the letters fool you. It's pronounced "BOB." That's right, he was a southerner!

    Peter
     
  12. HandmaidenOfGod

    HandmaidenOfGod Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

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    Matrona Lady Godiva Freedom Rider

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    There's a dentist in my town with the last name "Chrysostom". Gave me a chuckle... "golden mouth". :D
     
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    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Great one, Matrona.

    PLEASE enable your rep button.

    You have posted some choice ones lately.
     
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    Love it.

    :D

    However, on the flip side,

    The Priest Chrysostom will just love to be called Father Bob.

    :eek:
     
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    Adammi A Nicene Christian not in CF's Xians Only Club

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    I love it when other people ask about pronunciation. I read all the time, and I don't know how to pronounce half of the words that I know. It's funny, the first time I said epiphany (a long time ago, I've improved since this) I said ep-i-fan-ee
     
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