Wednesday, October 07, 2015

There is More Than One Saint John

Did you know there are 46 different Saint Johns?  I recently posted this article on the Orthodox Christian Network:
Recently we were invited to Baby John’s baptism and I was planning to gift an icon of Epiphany.  We always gift an icon of Epiphany for baptisms, if we can.  It’s the icon of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist, baptizing Jesus.
I started to wonder if he was being named after the Baptist or a different John.  You’d be surprised how many Johns there are.  I searched the name “John” on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.  They have a “Search for a Saint” tab.  I found 61 listings! Some were finding and re-finding relics and heads… it seems we lost the head of St. John the Baptist a few times.  Conception and Nativity were included.  Also listed was the Synaxis, the “piggyback” feast, following Epiphany, when most people celebrate his feast.  Finish reading...

1 comment:

Liz said...

Comment entered on the OCN site. :)