Saint John the Theologian, the Beloved Disciple

Feast Day: September 26th, May 8th & June 30th

The Life of Saint John the Theologian: As the beloved Disciple of the Master, John was never separated from Christ…




Apolytikion: Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, hasten, deliver a people without defence. As He accepted that you lean upon His breast, he accepts you as you fall before Him. Implore Him, O Theologian, and scatter the persistent cloud of nations, asking for us peace and His Great Mercy.

Kontakion:. Who will recount your mighty works, O Virgin, for you pour out Wonders and are a source of Healings, and you intercede on behalf of our Souls, as Theologian and friend of Christ.

Ikos: To learn wholly the high secrets of Heaven, to investigate the depths of the sea is rash and beyond comprehension; as therefore it is wholly impossible to number all the stars and the sand on the sea shore, so it is to tell the Graces of the Theologian, with so many Crowns Christ has garlanded the one He loved; the one who leant on His breast and feasted with Him at the Mystical Supper, as Theologian and friend of Christ.

Doxastikon: Reclining upon the bosom of Christ the Teacher at the Supper, O beloved Disciple, from the Lord there you came to know things ineffable, and you thundered to all with a voice from Heaven: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the True Light that illumines every man who comes into the world, Christ God, and the Saviour of our Souls.

This beautiful Icon is of the Mother of God with her Son Our Lord Jesus Christ. To her right is Saint Elizabeth with Saint John the Forerunner, and to her left is Saint Salome with Saint John the Beloved. These Holy Women were all first cousins because their mothers, Saint Anna, Sobea and Maria, were all sisters and daughters to the High Priest Matthas and his wife Maria.

Saint John’s mother, Saint Salome, was married to Zebedee, and she was a daughter of Saint Joseph the Betrothed.

Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles

Feasr Day: June 30th

John 15: 5

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

Saint John in the Gospels

Matthew 4:21-22

Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Saint John the Beloved Apostle was one of the first disciples of Saint John the Forerunner. He received Baptism for the forgiveness of his sins, and applied the words of preparation and repentance that Saint John preached. Therefore, the heart of Saint John the Theologian was cultivated, ready to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as one of His first-called Apostles. Saint John the Beloved then remained close to Christ every single day and witnessed His countless Miracles, and listened to His every Life-Giving Word.


Mark 9: 2

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.


John 13: 23

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.


John 19: 25-27

When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.


John 20: 4-6

So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there.


John 21: 6-7

And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”.


Matthew 28: 19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, Baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


Acts of the Apostles 3: 11

Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.

One day Saint John and Our Most Holy Mother of God were travelling by boat to Cyprus to visit Saint Lazarus. A storm arose and led the boat to the Holy Mountain Athos, which at that time was a place full of idols and idol worshippers. When Our Most Blessed Lady stepped foot on the island, the demons in the idols witnessed to her Holiness and crumbled, and all the unfaithful came to believe in Christ and His Holy Mother. Mount Athos has since been Blessed and Protected by Our Holy Mother of God, as her garden.


After Our Lord’s Crucifixion, Saint John remained with Our Most Blessed Mother of God until the time of her Blessed Dormition. Three days before her Blessed Repose, Archangel Gabriel gave a branch of a date palm to Our Most Holy Mother of God, and during the procession of her precious body to the tomb Saint John carried this palm branch in front of the bier.


Saint John the Theologian wrote the Gospel according to John, three Epistles and the Book of Revelation.

Epistle Reading: I John 4:12-19


Saint John, the Disciple of Love, once heard about a youth who left the righteous way of life and joined a band of robbers. Despite his old age, Saint John travelled into the wilderness to find him. When the youth saw him he began to run and hide, but Saint John ran after him promising to take his sins upon himself if he repented and ceased to bring ruin upon his Soul. The young man was shaken by the deep love of Saint John, and he repented and changed his way of life.


Translation of the Beloved Disciple of Christ

September 26th

When Saint John was over 100 years old, it was time for his departure to the Lord. Saint John asked his disciples to prepare a grave for him in the shape of a Cross. He then lay in it and asked his disciples to cover him with soil. Painfully kissing their beloved teacher goodbye, they covered his face with a cloth and then filled in the grave. When the other disciples of Saint John came to venerate his Holy body, they opened the grave and found it empty.


The Holy Manna from the Tomb of Saint John

May 8th

Each year on May 8th, a fine dust comes forth from the grave of Saint John. This Holy Manna is gathered as a blessing and heals the sicknesses of believers.