ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
Our Church is named to honour him
Son 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.
- 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