I have referred to Saint John Chrysostom, the 4th Century Patriarch of Constantinople, many times in this blog. He is considered by Orthodox Christians worldwide to be one of the giants of Christian theology, and a brilliant communicator of complicated theological concepts in simple terms to ordinary folk. The Divine Liturgy he wrote is still performed in Georgian every Sunday almost every week of the liturgical year in this country, which is a gifted synthesis of worship, poetry and theology lesson. He is a beloved saint in this country because he was exiled here and died here, in Abkhazeti.
For various reasons, several of the Orthodox Patriarchates chose to follow the New Calendar rather than the Julian calender for calculating dates of feasts, including the Churches of Constantinople, Greece and Romania. Ordinarily, I post feast days according to the Julian Calender which the Georgian Church follows, 14 days after the New Calender. As we all know, today in Georgia is the Commemoration of the 100,000 Martyrs of Tbilisi slain under Jelaluddin (1227). Thousands are congregating on the Metekhi Bridge in Tbilisi this evening to commemorate this sad anniversary, which I have covered before here.
However, on this day in Constantinople there are great festivities celebrating the City’s greatest orator, and all Orthodox people worldwide take pleasure in witnessing the unique local customs associated with that feast. The Ceremony of the Enthronement of Saint John Chrysostom on the Patriarchal Throne of Constantinople is an annual ceremony of great antiquity. One may see His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew to the left of the throne.
From a posting of Metropolitan Nektarios of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong
The tradition of enthronement of St. John Chrysostom on the Patriarchal Throne, is upheld to this very day in the Phanar, on the feast day of the Saint (13 November) as well as on the feast day of the Translation of his Holy Relics (27 January). On these days the Ecumenical Patriarch does not ascend onto his Throne, but he officiates from the “Parathronion”, the smaller throne next to the Patriarchal Throne, both during Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy. The sacred icon of St. John Chrysostom is placed on the Patriarchal Throne, and the Great Ecclesiarch places next to the icon the pastoral staff of the saint. The priests and the deacons who are going to participate in the celebration of both Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy on those days do not receive the blessing from the Ecumenical Patriarch as they usually do, but from the sacred icon of the saint, who remains alive in the memory of the Church of Constantinople.