Happy Third Day of Christmas
Patron Saints Index: Saint John the Apostle: "The only one of the Twelve not to forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion, standing at the foot of the cross. Made guardian of Our Lady by Jesus, he took her into his home. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb; when he met the risen Lord at the lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognize Him. "
I've always had a soft spot for St. John too. The church I grew up in was St. John's. I was married there as was my mother and sister. My grandmother was the church secretary and my grandfather helped there as an usher and with the fish fry.
I love that St. John was the only apostle that was not martyred, although he did have his fair share of trials. This link gives some fascinating tid bits about this special saint.
Catholic Online: "St. John, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast day - December 27th)
and Fish Eaters
After the Resurrection, it was SS. John and Peter among the Apostles who ran to the empty tomb after being told by St. Mary Magdalen that He had risen.
When Herod Agrippa I came to power and the Apostles were scattered, he is said to have gone to Asia Minor for a time, returning to Jerusalem by A.D. 51 and taking part in the "Council of Jerusalem" spoken of in Acts.
Father: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou didst call Thyself the vine and Thy holy Apostles the branches; and out of all those who love Thee, Thou didst desire to make a good vineyard. Bless this wine and pour into it the might of Thy benediction so that every one who drinks or takes of it, may through the intercession of Thy beloved disciple, the holy Apostle and Evangelist John, be freed from every disease or attack of illness and obtain health of body and soul. Who livest and reignest forever.
A toast to the love of St. John is then pledged by all the family.