Saint John the Apostle, also known as John the Evangelist, was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and is the author of the fourth gospel in the New Testament. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in Christianity.
John was born around the year 6 AD and is believed to have been a fisherman before becoming an apostle. He is said to have been a close companion of Jesus and is referred to as "the beloved disciple" in the New Testament. He played an important role in the early Christian church and is believed to have been exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. He is also wrote the three letters in the New Testament that bear his name: 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.
Saint John is the patron saint of love, loyalty, friendships, and authors. He is also the patron saint of the city of Florence and the country of Luxembourg.
On Good Friday, Saint John is remembered for his role at the crucifixion of Jesus. John was present at the crucifixion and was entrusted by Jesus to take care of his mother, Mary. John stood by the cross and comforted Mary as Jesus died.
On Easter, Saint John is remembered for his role in the resurrection of Jesus. John was one of the first apostles to arrive at the empty tomb on the morning of the resurrection and was the first to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Some little known trivia about Saint John is that according to some early Christian traditions, John was the youngest of the twelve apostles. Also, he is believed to have been the only apostle to have not died a martyr's death, and instead lived to an old age, dying of natural causes.
Feast days dedicated to Saint John include the Feast of Saint John the Apostle on December 27th and the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist on May 8th. He was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church and is honored as a saint by many other Christian denominations.
Saint John the Apostle's writings, teachings, and life serve as an inspiration to many believers around the world. On Good Friday and Easter, we remember his role in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus respectively and honor his legacy as one of the twelve apostles.