[[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; three canonical letters: [[ I John]] , [[II John]] , and [[ III John]]; and the [[Book of Revelation]]. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[May 8]], that of the twelve apostles on [[June 30]] , and his repose on [[September 26]].
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.
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.
He was present for the [[Transfiguration]] of Christ with [[Apostle Peter|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
occured at his grave: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 ]
There is an [[akathist]] hymn dedicated to him.
[[Troparion]] (Tone 2) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?
:Beloved apostle of Christ our God,
:hasten to deliver a defenseless people.
:and pray for our souls as Theologian and friend of Christ.
Links==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer. aspFSID= 101329 Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian] ([[OCA]])*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer. aspFSID=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] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=218 The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian] (GOARCH)
*[http://explorepatmos.com/patmos/Monasteries/Cave_of_the_Apocalypse/ Cave of the Apocalypse]
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