The feast today in honour of the holy Apostle John
commemorates the miracle taking place each year in Ephesus, in which a
certain dust or powder, called manna, suddenly poured forth from his
tomb and was used by the faithful for deliverance from maladies of both
soul and body. For an account of his life, see September 26.
Apolytikion in the Second Tone
Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a people
without defense. He who permitted you to recline upon His bosom, accepts
you on bended knee before Him. Beseech Him, O Theologian, to dispel the
persistent cloud of nations, asking for us peace and great mercy.
Kontakion in the Second Tone
Who can recount your greatness, O virgin, for miracles flow and
healing springs forth from you. You intercede for our souls, as the
Theologian and friend of Christ.