Today we recall the death of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John, the Beloved Disciple. As a point of comparison, the Latin Catholic Church and other Western Christian ecclesial communities honor John’s death on December 27.
John was one of the “sons of thunder”. This thunder resounds throughout his gospel with an eloquence that sets it apart; It also accounts for his title Theologian, one who spoke the word of God.
The troparion mentions but one of the deeds that distinguish his relationship to Christ. His closeness to the master was matched only by Peter’s at whose side he appears for the major events in the gospel: the transfiguration, the vigil in Gethsemani, the resurrection.