Chrysostom on Pulpit Presence

John confronting the empress Aelia Eudoxia for her lavish lifestyle.
John confronting the empress Aelia Eudoxia for her lavish lifestyle.

“A preacher then should have loftiness of mind, far exceeding my own littleness of spirit, that he may correct this disorderly and unprofitable pleasure on the part of the multitude, and be able to lead them over to a more useful way of hearing, that his people may follow and yield to him, and the he may not be led away by their own humors, and this it is not possible to arrive at, except by two means: indifference to their praise, and the power of preaching well.”

John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood V.1.