Today, December 27, is the Feast of St. John the Divine, the Cathedral’s namesake and patron! Though scholars differ on the exact identity of the Johns who appear in the Biblical narratives, the Cathedral’s titular St. John is reckoned to be the author of the Book of Revelation, three epistles, and (in some accounts) the Gospel of John. “Divine,” as used in the title of this holy figure, can be understood as a synonym for “theologian,” and is intended to be understood as a noun, not as an adjective.
Depictions of John the Divine appear throughout the Cathedral’s stained glass and sculpture. He’s seen prominently on our West façade as the figure perched between the Great Bronze Doors: holding pen and a scroll, clearly captured in the act of writing, he gazes upwards at Jesus Christ, seated directly above him in the center of the Portal of Paradise.
Today, on his feast day, we give thanks to God for John’s witness and visionary writing. As he wrote in his Revelation:
“I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them.
I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.”