Our Patron - St. John

THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

St. John

St. John was the younger son of Zebedee, his mother was Salome and it seems likely that she was the sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus. St. John was a well-to-do fisherman on the sea of Galillee, who, later on, became one of Jesus' Twelve Disciples. He was honoured by calling 'The disciple whom Jesus loved.'

Cessain tells a famous story about St. John. One day St. John was found playing with a tame partridge. A narrower and more rigid brother rebuked him for thus wasting his time and John answered, 'The bow that is always bent will soon cease to shoot straight.' He was only one of the twelve disciples in Christ's agony and it was to his care Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother was entrusted, while Jesus was dying on the cross. He was the first to recognise Jesus when he appeared to the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee

St. John

During his stay at Ephesus, St. John wrote one of the four Gospels, which is known as the 'Spiritual Gospel' . His zeal and tender solicitude for his flock are beautifully expressed in his frequent admonitions 'Children, let us not love merely with words but in deed and in truth. If you do not love your brother whom you can see how can you love God whom you cannot see.'

When he was dying, his disciples asked him if he had any last message to leave them. 'Little Children' , he said 'Love one another' again and again he repeated it and they asked him if that was all he had to say. 'It is enough' he said, 'for it is the Lord's command. Due to the SUblimity of the writing St. John is often termed 'The Divine' that is 'The Theologian' and has been given as his symbol 'The Eagle' that soars high unafraid towards the burning sun. St. John is revered as the patron Saint of Asia Minor and is invoked against rain, hail and lightning.

PATRON SAINT OF :

St. John

Against poison, art dealers, Asia Minor, authors, bookbinders, booksellers, burns, diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, compositors, editors, engravers, friendships, lithographers, diocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, painters, papermakers, poisoning, printers, publishers, tanners, Taos New Mexico, theologians, typesetters, Umbria, Italy, writers




FEAST DAY : December 27

St. John