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Giuseppe Vermiglio, Saint John the Evangelist, c. 1630

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist

(1st. c.)

St. John the Evangelist was one of the Twelve Apostles, and one of the three in Jesus’ inner circle, along with his brother, James, and Simon Peter. St. John was the disciple who reclined on the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper, and the only one of the twelve to not forsake Christ during His crucifixion and death. John stood faithfully at the foot of the Cross alongside the other holy women, and therefore he was the disciple to whom Jesus entrusted the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition to being called “The Evangelist” he is also known as the “Beloved Disciple.” After the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. John was an important leader of the Church in Jerusalem. He lived to a very old age and composed the fourth Gospel that bears his name, three epistles, and the book of Revelation. He is the only one of the Twelve Apostles who was not martyred, instead being exiled to the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea under the persecution of Roman Emperor Domitian. St. John the Evangelist’s feast day is December 27th.
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So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned home.

Gospel of John 20:3-10
Les Disciples (Pierre et Jean courant au sépulcre le matin de la Résurrection) 1898. The Disciples (Peter and John running to the sepulchre on the morning of the Resurrection) 1898. Oil on canvas 81 x 141 cm This is the only one of his works widely known and reproduced outside France and Switzerland. The original is in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
Vladimir Borovikovsky, St John the Evangelist (1804-09)

Saint John the Evangelist, apostle, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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