On October 9, the Repose (death) of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian is celebrated - one of the most mysterious events in the Tradition of the Church.
After death, the rotting did not touch the body of the Apostle John, it disappeared from the grave, and his ashes began to bring healing.
We tell you what day it was and who was John the Theologian.
The history of the holiday
According to the Tradition of the Church, Saint John was a fisherman before he was called by Christ. The Savior called John along with his brother Jacob to follow him when they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee.
John the Evangelist was one of Christ's most beloved disciples. He witnessed the resurrection of the daughter of Yair by the Lord, as well as the Transfiguration of the Lord at Tabor. Saint John remained faithful to the Savior to the end, relentlessly following Jesus even to Calvary, on which the Lord was crucified.
It was John the Theologian who was at the cross of the Lord together with the Mother of God, and it was to him that Christ bequeathed to take care of His Mother. After the Dormition of the Theotokos, Saint John preached the Gospel together with his disciple Prochorus in Ephesus and other cities of Anatolia.
During the persecution of Christians under Emperor Nero, John the Theologian was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he lived in captivity for many years. On Patmos, around 67, he wrote the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), in which the secrets of the fate of the Church and the end of the world are revealed in symbols.
After a long exile, the Apostle John was released and returned to Ephesus, where he wrote the Gospel in about 95. He also became the author of three letters.
Saint John the Theologian is called the apostle of love, as he constantly taught that without love a person cannot come close to God.
The Apostle John died at the age of more than 100 years, much outliving all the other contemporaries of Christ. Moreover, his death was peaceful, unlike the other apostles who received the crown of martyrdom.
When the disciples dug up the grave of St. John, they did not find the body. After that, every year fine ash appeared from the grave, which healed from diseases.
What people can and cannot do?
Only lean dishes with vegetable oil are allowed. The people believe that it is forbidden to cut vegetables with a knife, use foul language, drink alcohol, overeat and have fun on John the Theologian Day.
It is not allowed to refuse to help relatives and friends, lie and quarrel, a person needs to spend this day in love for neighbor.
It is believed that all work related to manual labor should be done in the first half of the day. On this day, a person has to visit the temple and pray, as well as commemorate deceased relatives.