Elizabeth Zelasko

Gospel Writer John

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John, one of the four Evangelist, holds the Gospel that is credited to him. If you look closely you will see the cover of the gospel displaying the traditional symbol representing John, a soaring eagle. The imagery is taken from the book of Revelation, where John records what he has seen in a vision of God’s heavenly throne:

“In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Revelations 4:6–8

These four creatures are also said to represent the four corners of the world, with the Word of God reaching out and spreading to the ends of the earth.

This particular icon resides on the Royal Doors inside Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado.

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