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[[Image:John the Theologian.jpg|right|frame|St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist]]
[[Image:JohnTheologian.JPG|right|300pxthumb|180px|Old icon of the Theologian, [[w:Nisyros|Nisyros]] ([[w:Paros|Paros island]])]][[Image:Patmos.JPG|right|thumb|Inside the Cave of the Apocalypse - showing the rock with the "trinitarian" split]]
The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle and Evangelist John''' is (also known as '''John the Theologian'''. He 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.
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.
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.
He was present for the [[Transfiguration]] of Christ with [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and his brother [[Apostle James(son of Zebedee)|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.
== See also ==
*[[Patmos]]
*[[Rock of Kynops (Patmos)|Rock of Kynops]]
*[[Baptistry of John (Patmos)|Baptistry of John]]
*[[Missionary]]
==Hymns==
*[http://www.copticchurch.net/synaxarium/5_4.html#1 The Departure of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian] (Coptic)
*[http://explorepatmos.com/patmos/Monasteries/Cave_of_the_Apocalypse/ Cave of the Apocalypse]
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/j/pdg04.htm St. John the Theologian Icon and Story]
[[Category:Biblical Saints|John]]
[[Category:Saints|John]]
[[Category:1st-century saints]]
[[ar:يوحنا]]
[[el:Ευαγγελιστής Ιωάννης]]
[[fr:Jean le Théologien]]
[[mk:Свети Јован Богослов]]
[[ro:Apostolul Ioan]]
[[ru:Иоанн Богослов]]
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