JOHN - DISCIPLE OF CHRIST
pray to You through the intercession
of Your beloved disciple John,
the brother of James.
called them both from their fishing nets
to become "fishers of men."
was the youngest of Your apostles.
We read that he was, above all the others,
“the disciple whom You loved.”
holds that John leaned upon
Your chest at the last supper.
Church Fathers write of John's virginal purity and the
tender love he bore for You.
of Aquinas writes that John was more loved by You than
the other apostles
because of his exceptional innocence.
Anselm writes that You revealed to John "the greatest
mysteries because he surpassed all in virginal purity.”
see in the Gospel that John was one of Your most intimate
friends, and that he was,
in consequence, admitted into Your Presence when no
others except Peter and James
were allowed to be near.
was with You when You healed
Peter's mother-in-law, and when You raised
the daughter of Jairus from the dead,
and when You were transfigured on Mount Tabor, and when
You suffered Your terrible
Agony in the Garden of Olives.
With Mary, he followed You to Calvary.
on the cross, You, who had lived
in virginal chastity, trusted Your own
Virgin Mother to no one else but John,
who himself lived in virginal purity.
You named him to be the son and protector
of Your own Mother, Mary.
remained there on Calvary with Mary
until Your broken heart had stopped bleeding, and Your
broken body was taken down
from the cross in the fading sad sun
of our salvation day.
“Christ, a virgin, recommended Mary, a virgin,
to the care of John, a virgin.”
No greater grace could John have asked
of You. No more evident proof could You have given of
Your love for him. The most precious thing which You
possessed on earth, Your holy Mother, You commended
to Your beloved disciple.
took John as Your brother,
by giving him as son to Your mother, Mary.
me, Lord, as a disciple
of Your true disciple, John, and help me live
a pure and worthy life as he did.
receive me, too, as Your brother,
and make me son to Your mother, Mary.
me of my sins,
Jesus, my God and my Creator,
and make me worthy of Your divine love.
All this I pray through the intercession
of Saint John, and of Your blessed mother, Mary.