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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

St John the Evangelist

Today is the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. St. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of St. James the Greater St. Peter, James, and John had the most prominent positions of all the Apostles. It was these three who were present for the Transfiguration and Christ's Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani. Peter and John were the two who prepared for the Last Supper, John was described as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" sat next to Our Lord, with his head on Christ's chest. St. John went with Peter to the palace of the high priest after Jesus was arrested and who stayed with Christ during the Crucifixion. After the Resurrection, it was St. John and St. Peter among the Apostles who ran to the empty tomb after being told by St. Mary Magdalen that He had risen. After the Ascension and Pentecost, St. John accompanied St. Peter when the lame man was healed in the Temple, being thrown into prison with St. Peter, and preached with St. Peter in Samaria.When Herod Agrippa was in power and the Apostles were scattered, he is said to have gone to Asia Minor for a time, returning to Jerusaleum and taking part in the "Council of Jerusalem". Under the reign of Domitian, he was banished to the Greek island of Patmos near the coast of Turkey, where he was granted the vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem. During the reign of Trajan, he returned to Ephesus where he lived to a very old age. He was the only one of the Apostles who wasn't martyred.


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