They [James and John, the sons of Zebedee] said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared." (Mk 10:37-40)
And when the disciples James and John, saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” Third, as we hear in one of the Praises of Festal Matins: By your preaching, like lightning bolts, you enlightened the ignorant who lay in the darkness, O glorious St. James.
You were the first of the Twelve Disciples chosen by your divine Teacher to drink His cup of death which He promised, O all-lauded Apostle James, for you, first, suffered death by sword for His sake by command of Herod. And thus the Lord who loves humanity took you as a joint heir of His kingdom. And now, together with your brother John, you intercede on behalf of our souls (Doxastikon of Festal Vespers).
A graduate of Long Island University, College of Pharmacy, and Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, John works to share the richness and beauty of the Orthodox Faith with the wider community.
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