Apostle John

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[[Image:John the Theologian.jpg|right|frame|St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist]]
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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]]
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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; 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]].
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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.
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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.
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He was present for the [[Transfiguration]] of Christ with [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and his brother James.
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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.
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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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==Hymns==
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There is an [[akathist]] hymn dedicated to him.
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 2) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?ID=102731]
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:Beloved apostle of Christ our God,
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:hasten to deliver a defenseless people.
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:He who allowed you to recline on His breast,
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:receives you as you bow before Him.
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:Implore Him, John the Theologian,
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:to disperse the persistent threat from the heathens,
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:entreating for us peace and great mercy.
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 2)
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:Who shall declare declare your greatness,
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:O virgin disciple,
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:for you pour forth wonders and are a source of healings,
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:and pray for our souls as Theologian and friend of Christ.
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101327 Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=102731 Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian] (OCA)
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=44 John the Apostle, Evangelist, and Theologian] ([[GOARCH]])
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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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[[Category:Biblical Saints|John]]
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[[Category:Saints|John]]
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[[ar:يوحنا]]
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[[mk:Свети Јован Богослов]]
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[[ro:Apostolul Ioan]]
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