Men's Fellowship of St. John the Theologian

  
A new men’s group was formed in December of 2020 that centers around prayer, fellowship, and discussion of spiritual reading.  This is a time to come and ’sort through’ the difficult things in life and seek the wisdom of the God in the writings of our faith and in the Christian fellowship of men striving to be righteous before God, even though we do so imperfectly. All the men of the parish and those who are approaching such an age are welcome to come and gather, pray, and discuss. Come and join in!
 
If you would like to be on the email list to receive notifications of fellowship times, please contact Fr. Symeon Halsell at: frsymeon@stathanasius.org.
 

 

ABOUT OUR PATRON SAINT

With the Holy Spirit guiding us, we have chosen St. John the Theologian, Evangelist, and Apostle as this group’s patron. He is commemorated on the day of his Falling Asleep, September 26th.
 
On the Resources section of this website, you will find the 52 page Life of St. John the Theologian, Evangelist, and Apostle contained in the Great Synaxarion.  
 
           https://www.stathanasius.org/site/assets/files/1073/life_of_st_john_the_theologian.pdf
 
In it you will read how he cared for the Mother of God, evangelized the pagans, defeated their idols and their false worship, how he made the evil tricks of the sorcerers and many other evil people powerless, how he preached love above all else, and how he came to write his Gospel account, his epistles, and the Revelation that is preserved in New Testament. He won multitudes to Jesus Christ by his works. I encourage you to read it and make the time in your busy lives to sit quietly and get to know this great, powerful, and holy man, our patron.
 
If you want a more cursory overview here is a much shorter life, which we read at the Synaxarion for the Orthros service on his feast day.
 
THE SYNAXARION 
On September 26 in the Holy Orthodox Church we commemorate the Translation of the holy and glorious Apostle and Evangelist, Bosom-friend, Virgin and Beloved John the Theologian.
 
Verses
Thou standest before the beloved Word of the Father,
Thou who art beloved above all the disciples.
On the twenty-sixth the Son of Thunder passed unto God.
 
John was the son of Zebedee the fisherman and Salome the daughter of Joseph, the betrothed of the Holy Theotokos. Called by the Lord Jesus, John immediately left his father and his fishermen’s nets and, with his brother James, followed Christ. From then on, he was not separated from his Lord until the end. With Peter and James, he was present at the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the Transfiguration of the Lord. At the Last Supper, he inclined his head on Jesus’ breast. When all the other apostles had abandoned the crucified Lord, John and the Holy Mother of God remained beneath the Cross. In obedience to the Lord, he was as a son to the Holy Virgin Mary, and carefully served and watched over her until her Dormition. John then lived and labored mostly in Ephesus. By his inspired preaching and miracles, he converted many to Christianity and shook paganism to its foundation. The embittered pagans bound him and sent him to Rome, to face Emperor Dometian, who had him tortured and flogged, which did him no harm. This terrified the emperor and, thinking him immortal, Dometian sent him into exile to the island of Patmos. There John converted many to Christianity by words and miracles, and confirmed well the Church of God. He also wrote his Gospel and Revelation on Patmos. He was over one hundred years old when he went to the Lord, and we celebrate the anniversary of his repose today. Through his intercessions, O Christ God, have mercy upon us. Amen.
 
In addition, here also is a link to a biblical study and a bit longer overview of St. John's life put together by our very own Rdr. Mark Kern. https://www.stathanasius.org/site/assets/files/6748/study_09_26_19.pdf