St John History
The Feast of St. John the Apostle commemorates his life. He was one Jesus' 12 disciples. He was one of the three disciples, which included Peter and James, who were included in some of the most important events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, including Jesus' crucifixion and transfiguration.
St John is also the author of the Gospel of John, one of four gospels in the New Testament, John I, II, and III, and the Revelation of John.
St John Facts
- John was a fisherman before he began following Christ. He was the brother of St. James the Greater. Jesus gave the brothers the name, sons of thunder. (Mark 3:17)
- When Jesus was dying on the cross, he asked John to take care of his mother (John 19:25-27).
- In the Gospel of John, he frequently refers to the most beloved disciple. Some theologians believe he is referring to himself, while others believe the reference is used for the reader to insert himself into the role.
- Besides Paul, John was the most prolific writer in the New Testament. His body of work includes 'The Revelation of John' and three epistles.
- The Feast Day for St. John the Apostle is held in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations on December 27, the third day of Christmas. In the Orthodox Church, it is called the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, which is held September 26. This feast shouldn't be confused with the Feast of St. John the Baptist, which is held in both faith traditions on June 24.
St John Top Events and Things to Do
- Read the Gospel of John. It is different than the other three Gospels and was thought to the last written of the four books in the New Testament.
- Read the Revelation of John, thought to be written by the apostle. The rich symbolism has been thought to foretell the end of the world, but many biblical scholars believe it was written to offer hope to Christians persecuted by Rome.
- St John is the Patron Saint of Turkey. Consider visiting this beautiful country - or take a virtual tour with Google Maps.