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Fr Phillip Pennington Harris

 

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Mrs Joanna Robins

15 Manor Crescent, Didcot, Oxfordshire. OX11 7AJ

01235 812338

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OX10 0EG

 
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Patron Saint

ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

Our Church is named to honour him

ST JOHN THE EVANGELISTSon of Zebedee and Salome, St John was a Fisherman. He was the brother of Saint James the Great, and called one of the Sons of Thunder. St John was a disciple of Saint John the Baptist, and a friend of Saint Peter the Apostle. He was called by Jesus during the first year of His ministry, and travelled everywhere with Him, becoming so close as to be known as the beloved disciple. He was the only one of the Twelve not to forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion, standing at the foot of the cross. St John was made guardian of Our Lady by Jesus, he took her into his home. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb; when he met the risen Lord at the lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognize Him.

During the era of the new Church, he worked in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. During Jesus' ministry, he tried to block a Samaritan from their group, but Jesus explained the open nature of the new Way, and he worked on that principle to found churches in Asia Minor and baptizing converts in Samaria. He was imprisoned with Peter for preaching after Pentecost. St John wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and possibly the Book of Revelation. He survived all his fellow apostles, dying in the year 101 at Ephesus (modern Turkey. A church was built over his tomb, which was later converted to a mosque.

Traditional stories:

  • Emperor Dometian had him brought to Rome, beaten, poisoned, and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, but he stepped out unharmed and was banished to Patmos instead.
  • When John was en route to preach in Asia, his ship was wrecked in a storm; all but John were cast ashore. John was assumed dead, but 2 weeks later the waves cast him ashore alive at the feet of his disciple Prochoros.
  • When John denounced idol worship as demonic, followers of Artemis stoned him; the rocks turned and hit the throwers.
  • He prayed in a temple of Artemis; fire from heaven killed 200 men who worshipped the idol. When the remaining group begged for mercy, he raised the 200 from the dead; they all converted and were baptized.
  • Drove out a demon who had lived in a pagan temple for 249 years.
  • Aboard ship, he purified vessels of sea water for drinking.
  • Ceonops, a magician, pretended to bring three dead people come to life; the "people" were actually demons who mimicked people so the magician could turn people away from Christ. Through prayer, John caused the magician to drown and the demons to vanish.
  • Once a year his grave gave off a fragrant dust that cured the sick.

Prayer to Saint John the Evangelist


O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as a son to Mary.

Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary.

Let me be united with them now on earth and forever after in heaven.

Amen.