Window 40: St. John the Evangelist

John the Evangelist

Willet Studios, 1978
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Edward Oscar McCreight, 1849-1905, and Margaret Alexander McCreight, 1850-1910
by Dr. Charles McCreight (their grandson)
Clerestory north wall

John, son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles of Our Lord. Together with his brother James and with Simon Peter, he formed a kind of inner circle of three among the Twelve.

John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain.

John is shown here with a chalice with a snake in it. This refers to a story recounted in the Golden Legend (a medieval book of lives of the saints) in which, to prove his bona fides, John drinks a cup of poison without being harmed.