Day of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist

Apostle John (St. John the Evangelist, about 6 — 104) — author of one of the Gospels and the Revelation of Jesus Christ. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome, the daughter of St. Joseph the Betrothed.

He was called Jesus Christ among His disciples on Lake Gennesaret: left their father Zebedee in the boat, he, along with his brother James, followed Christ. The Apostle John was especially loved by the Lord for the perfect gentleness and virginal purity.

Apostle and Evangelist John BogoslovPosle his calling St. John did not part with the Savior and was one of the three disciples that the Lord is especially close. On the Cross, Jesus instructed John to take care of the Virgin Mary.

In the book of Revelation (Rev. 4:6-8) is written on the four animals that are before the throne of God in heaven, and continually praise the Lord. These animals like the lion, bull, eagle, and the fourth the face of a man. Accordingly, each of the four Evangelists received in the Christian tradition has its own symbol, which is often portrayed in the paintings. The symbol is the eagle of John the Evangelist.

Day of the Evangelist, as well as three other authors of the Gospels, according to the Orthodox and Lutheran, and in some Protestant churches.