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Saint John (the Apostle)

Born: c. A.D. 6 in Bethsaida, Galilee, Roman Empire

Died: c. A.D. 100 (age 93 or 94) in Patmos, Greece, Roman Empire

Venerated: All of Christianity

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: December 27 (Roman Catholic, Anglican); September 26 (Orthodox)

Patronages: Love; Loyalty; Friendships; Authors; Booksellers; Burn Victims; Poison Victims; Art Dealers; Editors; Publishers; Scribes; Scholars; Theologians
Place: Asia Minor

Saint John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of Saint James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of HIs public ministry.  He became the "beloved disciple" and the only one of the twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion.  He stood faithfully at the Cross, whence the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother.

His later life was passed chiefly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus.  He founded many churches in Asia Minor.  He wrote the fourth Gospel and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him.  Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Domitian cast into a caldron of boiling oil but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Patmos for a year.  He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow Apostles, and died in Ephesus about the year 100.

Saint. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from his Divine Master, and which he constantly inculcated by word and example.  The "beloved disciple" died at Ephesus, where a stately church was erected over his tomb.  It was afterward converted into a Mohammedan mosque.

Prayer: God, through Saint John the Apostle You willed to unlock to us the secrets of Your Word.  Grant that what he has so excellently poured into our ears, we may properly understand.  Amen.