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Apostle and Evangelist John

An icon of St. John the Evangelist

The Icon

Apostle and Evangelist John

Feast day - May 8th

Also known as St. John the Apostle, St. John the Divine, and St. John the Theologian, he is shown in the icon sitting in a cave. He looks back over his shoulder as if looking to heaven for inspiration to write his Gospel. Unlike the other Gospel-writers (Matthew, Mark and Luke), he does not write, but rather dictates to is scribe, Prochorus, one of the seven deacons, who is shown in some icons of the evangelist. The last Gospel written, St. John's Gospel is considered to be first in importance and starts with "In the beginning was the Word...." In some icons, rays of light coming from above, depict the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

TROPARION (to the Theologian) TONE 2

BELOVED APOSTLE OF CHRIST OUR GOD,
COME QUICKLY TO DELIVER YOUR HELPLESS PEOPLE.
HE ON WHOSE BREAST YOU LEANED WILL ACCEPT YOU AS INTERCESSOR.
ENTREAT HIM, THEOLOGIAN, TO DISPERSE THE CLOUDS OF DARKNESS,
GRANTING US PEACE AND GREAT MERCY!

KONTAKION (to the Theologian) TONE 2

WHO SHALL DECLARE YOUR GREATNESS, VIRGIN DISCIPLE?
FOR AS A FOUNTAIN OF HEALING YOU FLOW WITH MIRACLES,
INTERCEDING FOR OUR SOULS AS THEOLOGIAN AND FRIEND OF CHRIST.

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