This year Saint John the Evangelist’s Day falls on the Sunday after Christmas. Thus, alongside the seasonal arcana (0) Fool and the aranca for the week (2) High Priestess, we also place the arcana for Saint John (21) World. I also displayed the King of Swords (from the Masonic Tarot Deck) to mark King David’s Day, which is on 29th December. It replaces a picture of The Holy Family by Francesco Curradi, which had been on the shelf during Advent. For the Christmas season this year I have displayed a picture of the Nativity by Neri di Bicci, from the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.
Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.Book of Common Prayer
The Collect for Saint John the Evangelist’s Day
Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Book of Common Prayer
Old Testament Reading
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.Isaiah 7: 14
New Testament Reading
Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.Galatians 4: 6-7
Quisquis non receperit regnum Dei velut parvulus, non intrabit in illud.
Ego sapientia habito in consilio et eruditis intersum cogitationibus.
Ego veni ut vitam habeas, et abundantius habeas.Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter therein. I, Wisdom, dwell in counsel and am found among erudite contemplations. I am come that you may have life and have it abundantly.