This Paschal Homily has been attributed to St. John Chrysostom (d.407), though his authorship of it is uncertain. It was evidently delivered at Pascha (Easter Morning) and, if in fact from his pen, probably during his tenure as Archbishop of Constantinople. It has been a tradition for it to be delivered within the Eastern Orthodox church at Pascha ever since. I propose to conduct a mainly literary analysis.
Chrysostom was the son of a high-ranking official within the administration of the Roman Empire and hence a member of the social elite. He had been well educated in the classical pattern, in rhetoric, literature, grammar and philosophy but also in Christian Scriptures. Had he not taken holy orders, this might have fitted him for a role in the higher levels of state administration or the law. This was modified however, by his Christian faith and by his life as a Christian ascetic. While Chrysostom’s background was elite, his faith gave him a viewpoint that was far from elitist.
 Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, “The Paschal Catechetical Homily of St. John Chrysostom: A Rhetorical and Contextual Study,” GOTR 43 (1998): 93-100, p. 93.
 Papageorgiou, “The Paschal Catechetical Homily of St. John Chrysostom,” 96.
 Papageorgiou, “The Paschal Catechetical Homily of St. John Chrysostom,” 93.
 A.H.M. Jones, “St. John Chrysostom's Parentage and Education,” HTR 46 (1953): 171-173, p. 171.
 D.J. Constantelos, “John Chrysostom's Greek Classical Education and its Importance to Us Today,” GOTR 36.2 (1991): 109-128, PP.111-113.
 Jones, “St. John Chrysostom's Parentage and Education,” 171.
 Fr. Lazar Puhalo, Great Fathers of the Church (Dewdney, British Columbia: Synaxis Press, 2014), 71.
 W. Mayer, “Who Came to Hear John Chrysostom Preach?,” ETL 76 (2000):73-87, p. 73.
 Constantelos, “John Chrysostom's Greek Classical Education,” 125.
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