Book of Saints – John the Evangelist

detail of a stained glass window of Saint John the Apostle; date and artist unknown; church of Saint George, Castle Way, Hanworth, England; photographed on 10 December 2004 by John Salmon; swipe from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Apostle (December 27) (1st century) The son of Zebedee called by Our Lord in the first year of His preaching in Galilee. He became the ” beloved disciple,” and was the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Saviour in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the foot of the Cross, whence the dying Lord made him the guardian of his Immaculate Mother. His later life seems to have been passed chiefly in Jerusalem, but latterly at Ephesus, whence he founded many Churches in Asia Minor. He wrote a Gospel, supplementary to the three others, three Epistles and the wonderful and mysterious Book of the Apocalypse or Revelation. Brought to Rome, a tradition adopted by the Church relates that he was cast by order of the Emperor Domitian into a caldron of boiling oil; but, like the Three Children in the fiery furnace of Babylon, miraculously preserved unhurt. He was banished to the Island of Patmos, where he wrote the Apocalypse, but afterwards returned to Ephesus, where he lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow-Apostles.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John the Evangelist”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 26 January 2022. <>