Catholic Saints

Saint John the Evangelist

  • Short, concise biography of Saint John the Evangelist
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint John the Evangelist
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint John the Evangelist
  • What is Saint John the Evangelist the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint John the Evangelist is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint John the Evangelist

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint John the Evangelist
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Book sellers, Art dealers and Printers
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: December 27th
  • Date of Death: Saint John the Evangelist died in A.D. 99
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint John the Evangelist the patron saint of?
Saint John the Evangelist is the patron of Book sellers, Art dealers and Printers. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. John the Evangelist
 

The Story and History of Saint John the Evangelist
The story and history of Saint John the Evangelist. He was the son of Zebedee and thought to be a cousin of Jesus, by the sister of the Virgin Mary. John worked as a fisherman with his brother James, his father Zebedee and his partner Simon working on the shores of the sea of Galilee.. John and his brother were followers of John the Baptist and then Jesus. John the Baptist referred to Jesus with the words "Behold the Lamb of God!". John left his life as a fisherman to follow Jesus. He followed Jesus as one of his disciples until Jesus was crucified. In the interval between the Resurrection and the Ascension John returned to his home at the Sea of Galilee with Peter. When Christ appeared on the shore John was the first to recognize him. John then to work in Jerusalem and at Ephesus (modern Turkey) preaching the ministry of Jesus and was responsible for the conversion of many people. He lived to an old age and died of natural causes in AD99.

Death of Saint John the Evangelist
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint John the Evangelist died in A.D. 99. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

How Saint John the Evangelist is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint John the Evangelist in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint John the Evangelist is represented in Christian Art with a Sacramental cup with a winged serpent issuing from it. This is in allusion to the legend that when Aristodemus, the priest of Diana, challenged him to drink a cup of poison, St. John made the sign of the Cross upon it, and then drained its contents, which proved innocuous. In memory of this incident, consecrated wine was formerly sold to the laity on St. John's Day. As Evangelist, St. John is attended by an eagle, because, since that bird soars higher into the heavens than any other, so his soul, in virtue of its singular purity, mounted up to receive the light of Divine Wisdom.

Feast Day of Saint John the Evangelist
The Feast Day of Saint John the Evangelist is December 27th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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