Feast of St. John the Almsgiver (January 23)   1 comment

Above:  St. John the Almsgiver

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SAINT JOHN THE ALMSGIVER (CIRCA 560-620)

Roman Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria

Also known as Saint John the Merciful

Born in Cyprus, St. John the Almsgiver became Patriarch about 610.  He opposed monophysitism, the heresy which states that Jesus was fully divine yet not fully human.  The saint did this by the witness of his life more than by his words, and never by confrontation.  As James 2:18 reads, “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith” (Revised Standard Version–Second Catholic Edition).  He established a church welfare system, built hospitals as well as homes for the frail and the aged, and met twice a week with those experiencing financial or legal difficulties.  The saint also organized relief efforts following the Persian Sack of Alexandria.

After nine years, St. John Almsgiver retired and returned to Cyprus, where he died.

His life continues to constitute a powerful witness to the Christian faith.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE

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Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant St. John the Almsgiver.  May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith, so that we may serve and confess your name before the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84

1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21

John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)

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Revised on November 21, 2016

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Posted September 13, 2010 by neatnik2009 in January, Saints of the 500s, Saints of the 600s

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