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Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist

 

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Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist wrote one of the four Gospels in the New Testament in the Holy Bible. Then, he is one of the Evangelists.
His Gospel was written in Greek and is listed last.
Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist was one of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was among the first four Apostles called of the original twelve Apostles.
Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist was the "beloved" disciple of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

NameLanguage
of Gospel
SynopticWhen WrittenApostle or Disciple
JohnGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
NoTowards the end of the first century in EphesusApostle - One of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

 

Figure and Order
AuthorBeginning of GospelFigureOrder
of Gospel
Feast Day
John"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word Was God".
The author sees things from a high level.
The author is clear-sighted, like an eagle.
EagleFourth26 Sept.
8 May

Sometimes, all the Evangelists are shown as a Man.

AuthorFacingBeardFeast Day
JohnAs you face him, he looks behind him to face leftWhite, Long26 Sept.
8 May

Biography

26 September and 8 May - Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist was the son of Zebedee and Salome. His father was a fisherman.
Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist's brother was Holy Apostle James, Brother of John the Evangelist
The two brothers were a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee.

The two brother's friends and co-workers were two brothers, The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter and his brother the Holy and Illustrious Apostle Andrew, The First-Called.

These four were first called by Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to follow Him. (Mt. 4:18-22) (Mk. 1:16-20) (Lk. 5:1-11) (Jn. 1:35-42)

Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist was the beloved disciple of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Great Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist was one of the Holy Apostles who was present at the Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

His Career after the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

After the Ascension into Heaven of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist preached and wrote.

Also, Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist participated in the Council of Jerusalem in 51. Later, he lieved in Asia Minor.

In 96, Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist returned to Epheus. There, he wrote his Gospel in Greek. Also, he died.

Name and Other Writings

Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist is called "the Theologian" because he wrote an Gospel, three epistles, and the Book of Revelations. Glorious Apostle John the Theologian and Evangelist is called "the Evangelist" because he wrote an Gospel.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

Troparion (Tone 2)
Apostle beloved of Christ God, hasten to deliver a people that lacks any other defense: for He accepted that you lay your head on His breast: He will also accept your prayer. Pray Him, then O Theologian, that He may disperse haughty nations, and beg that He may grant us peace and abundant mercy.

More information

Dormition of St. John the Evangelist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. John the Evangelist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Encyclopedia

Ikon

St. John the Evangelist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

More information about the Gospels

Gospels
Divine Liturgy - Gospel

Evangelist
Name
Order
of Gospel
Language
of Gospel
SynopticWhen WrittenApostle or Disciple
MatthewFirstHave Greek text
spoken common Greek of the time

Originally may
have been
written in
Aramaic
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryApostle - One of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
MarkSecondGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryDisciple of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter and of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Paul.

Did not know Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
LukeThirdGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryDisciple of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Paul.

Did not know Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
JohnFourthGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
NoTowards the end of the first century in EphesusApostle - One of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Ikons of the Evangelists

Sometimes, all the Evangelists are shown as an Figure. Each Evangelist has his own figure.
The four figures are taken from the Book of Ezekiel (1:10) in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible. "Their faces were like this: each of the four had the face of a man, but on the right side was the face of a lion, and on the left side the face of an ox, and finally each had the face of an eagle." Theses figures are applied to the author of the Gospel according to how each Gospel begins.
These figures determine the order of the Gospels in the New Testament in the Holy Bible. The Gospels are listed in the same order as the figures are listed in the Book of Ezekiel.
The Holy Prophet Ezechiel

Figure and Order
AuthorBeginning of GospelFigureOrder
of Gospel
Feast Day
MatthewGeneology of Christ as man.ManFirst16 Nov.
MarkSaint Martyr Prophet John the Baptist.
Prophet John the Baptist was like a lion roaring in the desert.
LionSecond25 April
LukeThe priest Zachariah offering incense in the Temple.
A priest also offers sacrifice.
A sacrifice needs a sacrificial victim.
A typical sacrificial victim was an ox.
OxThird18 Oct.
John"In the beginning was the Word ...".
The author sees things from a high level.
The author is clear-sighted, like an eagle.
EagleFourth26 Sept.
8 May

Sometimes, all the Evangelists are shown as a Man.

AuthorFacingBeardFeast Day
MatthewAs you face him, he faces rightWhite, Longest16 Nov.
MarkAs you face him, he faces leftBrown, Short25 April
LukeAs you face him, he faces rightBrown, Shortest18 Oct.
JohnAs you face him, he looks behind him to face leftWhite, Long26 Sept.
8 May

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