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[[Image:John the Theologian.jpg|right|frame|St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist]]
 
[[Image:John the Theologian.jpg|right|frame|St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist]]
The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle and Evangelist John''' is also known as '''John the Theologian'''. He was one of the original twelve [[Apostles]], and wrote the [[Gospel of John|Gospel]] bearing his name as well as three canonical letters: [[I John]], [[II John]], and [[III John]]. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[May 8]], that of the twelve apostles on [[June 30]], and his repose on [[September 26]].
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[[Image:JohnTheologian.JPG|right|thumb|180px|Old icon of the Theologian, [[w:Nisyros|Nisyros]] ([[w:Paros|Paros island]])]]
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[[Image:Patmos.JPG|right|thumb|Inside the Cave of the Apocalypse - showing the rock with the "trinitarian" split]]
  
St. John was the son of [[Salome]] the [[myrrh-bearer]] and [[Zebedee]], a fisherman.  His brother was to St. [[Apostle James (son of Zebedee)|James]], another apostle.
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The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle and Evangelist John''' (also '''John the Theologian''' or '''John the Divine''') was one of the original twelve [[Apostles]], and wrote the [[Gospel of John|Gospel]] bearing his name; three canonical letters: [[I John]], [[II John]], and [[III John]]; and the [[Book of Revelation]].  His primary [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[May 8]], that of the twelve apostles on [[June 30]], and his repose on [[September 26]].  His symbol is the eagle.
  
In his own Gospel account, he refers to himself as "the disciple whom [[Jesus]] loved" rather than use his name.  He was the youngest of the twelve apostles, and especially close to the Lord.  This closeness is often portrayed in [[icon]]s of the mystical supper, where St. John leans on Jesus.
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St. John was the son of [[Salome]] the [[myrrh-bearer]] and [[Zebedee]], a fisherman.  His brother was St. [[Apostle James (son of Zebedee)|James]], another apostle.
  
He was present for the [[Transfiguration]] of Christ with [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and his brother James.
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In his own Gospel account, he refers to himself as "the disciple whom [[Jesus]] loved" rather than use his name.  He was the youngest of the twelve apostles, and especially close to the Lord.  This closeness is often portrayed in [[icon]]s of the [[Last Supper icon|mystical supper]], where St. John leans on Jesus.
  
St. John was exiled to the island of Patmos by Emperor Domitian around 90-95 A.D., and it was there that he received and wrote the Book of Revelation - see [http://www.copticchurch.net/synaxarium/9_16.html#1], [http://www.copticchurch.net/synaxarium/5_4.html#1] and [http://explorepatmos.com/patmos/Monasteries/Cave_of_the_Apocalypse/ Cave of the Apocalypse].
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He was present for the [[Transfiguration]] of Christ with [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and his brother [[Apostle James (son of Zebedee)|James]].
  
Account of the miracle that occured at his grave:
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St. John was exiled to the island of Patmos by Emperor Domitian around 90-95 A.D., and it was there that he received and wrote the Book of Revelation.
When over 100 years old, St. John took seven [[disciple]]s outside of Ephesus and had them dig a grave in the shape of a cross. St. John then went into the grave, and the disciples buried him there, alive. Later on, when his grave was opened, St. John's body was not there. "On May 8 of each year, dust rises up from his grave, by which the sick are healed of various diseases." [http://www.neepeople.com/journeymanjames/st-john-the-theologian.html]
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"Account of the [[miracle]] that occurred at his grave:
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When over 100 years old, St. John took seven [[disciple]]s outside of Ephesus and had them dig a grave in the shape of a cross. St. John then went into the grave, and the disciples buried him there, alive. Later on, when his grave was opened, St. John's body was not there. 'On May 8 of each year, dust rises up from his grave, by which the sick are healed of various diseases.' " [http://web.archive.org/web/20051223042937/http://www.neepeople.com/journeymanjames/st-john-the-theologian.html]
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== See also ==
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*[[Patmos]]
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*[[Rock of Kynops (Patmos)|Rock of Kynops]]
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*[[Baptistry of John (Patmos)|Baptistry of John]]
  
 
==Hymns==
 
==Hymns==
 
There is an [[akathist]] hymn dedicated to him.
 
There is an [[akathist]] hymn dedicated to him.
  
[[Troparion]] (Tone 2) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=102731]
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 2) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?ID=102731]
 
:Beloved apostle of Christ our God,
 
:Beloved apostle of Christ our God,
 
:hasten to deliver a defenseless people.
 
:hasten to deliver a defenseless people.
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:and pray for our souls as Theologian and friend of Christ.
 
:and pray for our souls as Theologian and friend of Christ.
  
==External Links==
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==External links==
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101329 Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian]
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101327 Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian] ([[OCA]])
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102731 Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian]
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=102731 Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian] (OCA)
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=44 John the Apostle, Evangelist, and Theologian]
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=44 John the Apostle, Evangelist, and Theologian] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=218 The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian]
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=218 The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian] (GOARCH)
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*[http://www.copticchurch.net/synaxarium/9_16.html#1 The Commemoration of St. John The Evangelist] ([[Coptic]])
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*[http://www.copticchurch.net/synaxarium/5_4.html#1 The Departure of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian] (Coptic)
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*[http://explorepatmos.com/patmos/Monasteries/Cave_of_the_Apocalypse/ Cave of the Apocalypse]
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*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/j/pdg04.htm St. John the Theologian Icon and Story]
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Latest revision as of 16:41, March 29, 2013

St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
Old icon of the Theologian, Nisyros (Paros island)
Inside the Cave of the Apocalypse - showing the rock with the "trinitarian" split

The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist John (also John the Theologian or John the Divine) was one of the original twelve Apostles, and wrote the Gospel bearing his name; three canonical letters: I John, II John, and III John; and the Book of Revelation. His primary feast day is celebrated on May 8, that of the twelve apostles on June 30, and his repose on September 26. His symbol is the eagle.

St. John was the son of Salome the myrrh-bearer and Zebedee, a fisherman. His brother was St. James, another apostle.

In his own Gospel account, he refers to himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" rather than use his name. He was the youngest of the twelve apostles, and especially close to the Lord. This closeness is often portrayed in icons of the mystical supper, where St. John leans on Jesus.

He was present for the Transfiguration of Christ with Peter and his brother James.

St. John was exiled to the island of Patmos by Emperor Domitian around 90-95 A.D., and it was there that he received and wrote the Book of Revelation.

"Account of the miracle that occurred at his grave: When over 100 years old, St. John took seven disciples outside of Ephesus and had them dig a grave in the shape of a cross. St. John then went into the grave, and the disciples buried him there, alive. Later on, when his grave was opened, St. John's body was not there. 'On May 8 of each year, dust rises up from his grave, by which the sick are healed of various diseases.' " [1]

See also

Hymns

There is an akathist hymn dedicated to him.

Troparion (Tone 2) [2]

Beloved apostle of Christ our God,
hasten to deliver a defenseless people.
He who allowed you to recline on His breast,
receives you as you bow before Him.
Implore Him, John the Theologian,
to disperse the persistent threat from the heathens,
entreating for us peace and great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Who shall declare declare your greatness,
O virgin disciple,
for you pour forth wonders and are a source of healings,
and pray for our souls as Theologian and friend of Christ.

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