Dec 27 – Saint John

Dec 27 - Saint John

Saint John
Apostle + Evangelist
27 December NT

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From the Satucket Lectionary

St. JohnJohn, son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles of Our Lord. Together with his brother James and with Simon Peter, he formed a kind of inner circle of Three among the Twelve, in that those three were privileged to behold the miracle of the Great Catch of Fish (L 5:10), the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (P 1:29), the raising of the daughter of Jairus (P 5:37 = L 8:51), the Transfiguration (M 17:1 = P 9:2 = L 9:28), and the Agony in Gethsemane (M 26:37 = P 14:33). He expressed a willingness to undergo martyrdom (M 20:22 = P 10:39) — as did the other apostles (M 26:35 = P 14:31) — and is accordingly called a martyr in intention. However, we have ancient testimony that, although imprisoned and exiled for his testimony to the Gospel, he was eventually released and died a natural death in Ephesus: “a martyr in will but not in deed.”

John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain. For a discussion of the authorship of the Gospel of John, consult the Web pagehttp://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/CHRISTIA/library/john.html

by James Kiefer

Note: In the scripture references, “M” = Matthew, “P” = Mark, and “L” = Luke.

 

 

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Sep 9 – Constance and her Companions

Constance and her Companions
The Martyrs of Memphis
9 September 1878

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From the Satuket Lectionary


Sister Constance
(Photo from St. Mary’s Cathedral, Memphis)

In 1878 the American city of Memphis on the Mississippi River was struck by an epidemic of yellow fever, which so depopulated the area that the city lost its charter and was not reorganized for fourteen years. Almost everyone who could afford to do so left the city and fled to higher ground away from the river. (It was not yet known that the disease was mosquito-borne, but it was observed that high and dry areas were safe.) There were in the city several communities of nuns, Anglican or Roman Catholic, who had the opportunity of leaving, but chose to stay and nurse the sick. Most of them, thirty-eight in all, were themselves killed by the fever. One of the first to die (on 9 September 1878) was Constance, head of the (Anglican) Community of St Mary.

by James Kiefer

[Note: a short, unpublished book about the epidemic written not long after it occurred is available from Project Canterbury.]