Saints for December

Burns / John the Apostle, d. 101, Feast Day: December 27

A witness to the Transfiguration as well as the author of one of the Gospels and the Apocalypse, John is considered to have had great mystical powers. In a.d. 95, the Romans attempted to martyr him by throwing him into a vat of boiling oil. He survived this and was exiled to the island of Patmos for practicing magic.

Other patronages: Asia Minor, Turkey; alchemists, artists, bookbinders, booksellers, chandlers, copyists, engravers, fullers, gunsmiths, millers, oil producers, papermakers, printers, theologians, typographers, writers; virgins, widows

Invoked: against food poisoning

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