Orthodox icon | Saint Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian | 24795.
Zebedee and Salome bore Saint John, who also had a brother, James the Elder. Before choosing a spiritual journey, he worked as a fisherman. The New Testament presents him as Jesus Christ’s disciple, and many know him as the “beloved disciple” from the Gospel of John.
He’s famed for writing the fourth Gospel, earning him the title, John the Theologian. This title celebrates the deep theological insights in his gospel. Artists often use an eagle to depict the depth of his theology.
Many professions and groups revere Saint John as their patron, such as sculptors, painters, writers, and theologians. This list also includes book printers, booksellers, civil servants, and notaries, as well as winemakers, butchers, glaziers, and basket makers.
Beyond professions, people honor him as the patron of friendship and wine. They seek his protection against burns, foot issues, epilepsy, and more. They also pray to him for bountiful harvests and safeguarding against hail and poisoning.
People commemorate him on May 8 and September 26 annually.
In art, Saint John often appears with a book and quill, celebrating his role as a pivotal writer and theologian in Christian history.