The fair presentation of this apostle and evangelist, the confidant, the virgin and the beloved disciple of Christ, John the Theologian, is celebrated on the twenty-sixth day of the month of September. His life is also placed on this date.
On the eighth of May, the honest dust, healingly rising from his grave, is mentioned.
When St. John the Theologian lived to be a hundred years old, having worked hard for the gospel of Christ, together with seven of his disciples he went to the city of Ephesus and ordered them to dig a cross-shaped mound in which he prepared to die by lying in it while still alive (as told in his life).
The Christians living in the city of Ephesus, after the death of the apostle, dug up his grave, but did not find the body of the apostle. Having mourned his honorable death, they returned to the city, and then often came to the tomb of the apostle and offered fervent prayers to God, calling for help and intercession before God St. John the Theologian.
St. Martyr Zosima the Hermit
In addition, every year in this month and on this day, very fine dust came out of the grave of the apostle, which performed healings. Believers collected this pollen and cured various ailments and diseases. Therefore, it became a custom among the believers on this day, as well as in the month of September, to praise and bless with hymns this great God-pleaser, beloved by God more than all other holy pleasers.
Through his prayers, may the Lord grant us also healing of our infirmities – mental and physical – and that we may also be worthy to be pleasing and beloved of our Christ God.