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POST-GAZETTW, DECEMBER 28;2012 Page7 Saint John Apostle and Evangelist by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint John, the son of Zebedee and the brother of Saint James the Great, both of whom received from Christ the title "sons of thunder", was called to be an Apostle by Our Lord in the first year of His public min- istry. John and James were fishermen and fished with their father in the Lake of Genesareth. He became the "beloved disciple" and the only one of the Twelve who did not for- sake Christ in the hour of His Passion. He stood faith- fully at the cross when the Savior made him the guard- lived in Asia Minor in the lived to an extreme old age surviving all his fel- low Apostles and died at Ephesus about the year 100. A stately church was erected over his tomb. Tradition reports many beautiful traits of the last years of his life: his touching anxiety about a youth who had be- come a robber (Saint Jerome writes that John constantly repeated words of exhorta- tion at the end of his life, "Little children, love one another.") Early Christian art usually represents St. John with an eagle, symbolizing the ian of His Mother. His later last decades of the first cen- heights to which he rises in li e was spent chiefly in tury and from Ephesus had the first chapter of his :usalem and at Ephesus. guided the Churches of that Gospel. The symbol of the : !ii und lLmany urches province. St enmus speaks ~sia ~r ~ote th~:"++~~ many places of the chalice is also associated with St. John. The most fourth Gospel, and three Epistles. The Book of Revela- tion is also attributed to him. The Christian writers of the second and third centu- ries testify to us that the Apostle and Evangelist John Apostle John and his resi- dence in Asia and expressly declares that he wrote his Gospel at Ephesus St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from his Divine Master. Saint John natural explanation of the chalice symbolism is to be found in the words of Christ to John and James "My chal- ice indeed you shall drink" (Matthew 20:23). Saint John's Feast Day is celebrated on December 27m. O Thurs. DEC 27 7:00 PM OPENING DAY TICKETS $15!* 7:00 PI~ I l:{I} AM 3~ PlVl 7:t,~ PM 11:00 AM 3:00 PM l:0O I~i 5:00 PM Buy tickets at, ffdmOrtmt * Retail Locations, TD Garden Box Offfice or call 1-800-745-3000. XExcl,des Front Rot~.. VIP Floor and VIP ~ak~. No do,ble discoonts.) TICKET PRICES: $90 Front Row - $55 VIP Floor. $35 VIP, $25, $20 ~umber +.,f F~,n~ Rvw ~r~ t~ a va~l~ble, C ~'+ll &'