Wednesday, December 27, 2006

St. John the Apostle

St. John the Apostle is the patron saint of both John and myself. Today is his day:


by El Greco

St. JohnJohn, son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles of Our Lord. Together with his brother James and with Simon Peter, he formed a kind of inner circle of Three among the Twelve, in that those three were privileged to behold the miracle of the Great Catch of Fish (L 5:10), the healing of Peter's mother-in-law (P 1:29), the raising of the daughter of Jairus (P 5:37 = L 8:51), the Transfiguration (M 17:1 = P 9:2 = L 9:28), and the Agony in Gethsemane (M 26:37 = P 14:33). He expressed a willingness to undergo martyrdom (M 20:22 = P 10:39) -- as did the other apostles (M 26:35 = P 14:31) -- and is accordingly called a martyr in intention. However, we have ancient testimony that, although imprisoned and exiled for his testimony to the Gospel, he was eventually released and died a natural death in Ephesus: "a martyr in will but not in deed."

John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain.

Daily Office Readings:

AM: Psalm 97, 98; Proverbs 8:22-30; John 13:20-35
PM: Psalm 145; Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 John 5:1-12


PRAYER (traditional language)
Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that we, being illumined by the teaching of thine apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that we may at length attain to the fullness of life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


5 comments:

Britt-Arnhild said...

Thanks for this information. I will read myre about St.John or johannes as we call him, in my daily Bible reading.

JaKo said...

Thank you for this information !!!!
Now I know more about st,John, or Jan, how is in our language.

Jan (a.k.a.JaKo)

Sheila said...

Thank you for educating me in this. I love these paintings..
so precious.
Happy Saint's day to you both.

Kai said...

I wanted to thank you for the lovely little card, i added it to my family box this year..as my adopted sis, it seemed prudent..lol..
I like your information presented, Im not religious, but I am spiritual and respect everyone's beliefs.. It's nice to share knowledge. :)
Peace n blessings, Kai.

Faith said...

I enjoyed reading your blogs.
For my birthday in October my mum bought me a lovely book about how to paint Iconic pictures a gorgeous book showing outlines and shading. I have a mini portrait of the virgin mary that i want to continue to paint. This picture sits proudly on my desk watching me while Im dazzled by the quilting fever along with the lovely aroma of lavender bits which ive placed in open ex microwave bowls just to make the place more heavenly.
Wishing you your family and freinds a happy new year

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