St. John's Church
tradition says that John the Evangelist was John The Apostle. John
was a historical figure, one of the "pillars" of the
Jerusalem church after Jesus' death. He was one of Christ's original
twelve apostles and is thought to be the only one to live into old
age and not be killed for his faith. John is associated with Ephesus,
where he is said to have lived and been buried. Some believe that he
was exiled (around 95 AD) to Patmos, where he wrote the Book of
Revelation. However, this is a matter of debate, with some
attributing the authorship of Revelation to another man, called John
of Patmos, or to John the Presbyter.
Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth.
His piety and learning made him so conspicuous and an object of such
admiration in his own country that, dreading praise and longing for a
hidden life, he left his home and sailed for France. At first he took
up his abode in a wilderness near the mouth of the Rhone river,
afterwards near the river Gard, and, finally, in the diocese of
Nimes.He spent many years in solitude conversing only with God. The fame of
his miracles became so great that his reputation spread throughout
France. He was highly esteemed by the French king, but he could not
be prevailed upon to forsake his solitude. He admitted several
disciples, however, to share it with him. He founded a monastery, and
established an excellent discipline therein. He died probably in the
beginning of the eighth century, about the year 724
Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest
of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son,
exalted by divine grace above all the angels and humanity.. The
principal events of her life are celebrated as liturgical feasts of
the universal Church. The Blessed Virgin Mary's life and role in the
history of salvation is prefigured in the Old Testament, while the
events of her life are recorded in the New Testament. Traditionally,
she was declared the daughter of Ss. Joachim and Anne. Born in
Jerusalem, The Virgin Mary was presented in the temple and took a vow
of virginity. Living in Nazareth, Our Lady was visited by the
archangel Gabriel, who announced to her that she would become the
Mother of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit. She became betrothed to S.
Joseph and went to visit her cousin, S. Elizabeth, who was bearing S.
John the Baptist. Acknowledged by S. Elizabeth as the Mother of God,
Our Lady intoned the Magnificat.
The Blessed Sacrament reserved in our tabernacle