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Saint John the Apostle

AKA: Apostle of Charity
Beloved Apostle
Beloved Disciple
Giovanni Evangelista
John the Beloved
John the Divine
John the Evangelist
John the Theologian

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

Died: c. A.D. 100 (age 93 or 94) in Patmos, Greece, Roman Empire
A church was built over his tomb, which was later converted to a mosque

Venerated: All of Christianity

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

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

Patronages: Against Burns; Against Epilepsy; Against Foot Problems; Against Hailstorms; Against Poisoning; Burn Victims; Art Dealers; Authors; Basket Makers; Bookbinders; Booksellers; Publishers; Butchers; Compositors; Editors; Engravers; Friendships; Glaziers; Government Officials; Harvests; Lithographers; Notaries; Painters; Papermakers; Printers; Saddle Makers; Scholars; Sculptors; Tanners; Theologians; Typesetters; Vintners; Writers
Place: Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, Italy; Diocese of Boise, Idaho; Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio; Diocese of Saint-Jean - Longueuil, Quebec; Diocese of Sansepolcro, Italy; Archdiocese of Eger, Hungary; Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Asia MInor; Borgo Santo Sepolcro, Italy; Morra, Netherlands, Sansepolcro, Italy; Sundern, Germany; Taos, New Mexico; Umbria, Italy; Wroclaw, Poland

Representations: Book; Cauldron; Chalice; Chalice with a serpent in allusion to the cup of sorrow foretold by Jesus; Eagle; representing his role as the evangelist who most concentrated on Jesus; divine nature; Serpent

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 cauldron 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.