Eagle of SAINT JOHN

CatholicSaints

Marysville, United States

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SAINT John the Evangelist is usually depicted as a young man. In Christian art,

SAINT John is symbolically represented by an eagle, one of the creatures envisioned by Ezekiel (1:10) and in the Revelation to John (4:7).

The use of the chalice as a symbol for John is sometimes interpreted with reference to the Last Supper.

Another explanation is to be found in the words of Christ to John and James: “My chalice indeed you shall drink” (Matthew 20:23).

According to some authorities, this symbol was not adopted until the 13th century.

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