JOHN THE BELOVED APOSTLE SPARED FROM A PAINFUL DEATH, ONE OF THE FIRST MARIAN DEVOTEE,AND THE HOUSE HE BUILDS AT EPHESUS FOR THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

"Behold, your mother." ......Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, "Woman, there is your son." (Jn. 19: 26)......... In turn he said to the disciple, "There is your Mother." From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care. (Jn. 19: 27)
BASIC MARIOLOGY- FACT-All of Jesus Apostles died a painful and cruel death except one, John the Apostle. Wonder why he was spared by the Lord? Simple,, He was with the Virgin Mary and was tasked to take good care of the Blessed Mother until her final days here on earth. He is Jesus beloved diciple one of the first Marian devotee according to the sacred tradition he was taught by the Blessed Mother to live his life in purity as a virgin. he died of a natural death at Ephesus,Turkey circa 100 AD.
The 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia states concerning John that writers in the second and third centuries A.D. recognized and accepted a widely held tradition that the apostle spent his last days in Ephesus. According to the Catholics, Justin Martyr also referred to John as one of Jesus apostles who lived in Ephesus. St. Irenaes, Eusebius and still others, again according to the Encyclopedia, all agree that after leaving the isle of Patmos (where John was banished to - see Revelation 1:9) John spent his remaining days in Ephesus until he died somewhere around 100 A.D.
The well-known reference book Foxe's Book of Martyrs says that the apostle John, as punishment for being a believer in Christ, was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. The Emperor Domitian then (as if that were not enough) sent John to the island of Patmos (which is near the coast of Asia Minor and the city of Ephesus). It was during his time on the island that John, likely around 95 A.D., wrote the book of Revelation. When Emperor Nerva came to power he released John from his island imprisonment. John seems to have been the only one of Jesus' original twelve apostles who escape a violent death.
The House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus
At the beginning of the 19th century, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a bedridden Augustinian nun in Germany, reported a series of visions in which she recounted the last days of the life of Jesus, and details of the life of Mary, his mother.[5] Emmerich was ill for a long period of time in the farming community of Dülmen but was known in Germany as a mystic and was visited by a number of notable figures
One of Emmerich's visitors was the author Clemens Brentano who after a first visit stayed in Dülmen for five years to see Emmerich every day and transcribe the visions she reported.[6][7] After Emmerich's death, Brentano published a book based on his transcriptions of her reported visions, and a second book was published based on his notes after his own death.
One of Emmerich's accounts was a description of the house Apostle John had built in Ephesus for Mary, the mother of Jesus, where she had lived to the end of her life. Emmerich provided a number of details about the location of the house, and the topography of the surrounding area:[8]
Mary did not live in Ephesus itself, but in the country near it. ... Mary's dwelling was on a hill to the left of the road from Jerusalem, some three and half hours from Ephesus. This hill slopes steeply towards Ephesus; the city, as one approaches it from the south east seems to lie on rising ground.... Narrow paths lead southwards to a hill near the top of which is an uneven plateau, some half hour's journey.
Emmerich also described the details of the house: that it was built with rectangular stones, that the windows were high up near the flat roof and that it consisted of two parts with a hearth at the center of the house. She further described the location of the doors, the shape of the chimney, etc.[8] The book containing these descriptions was published in 1852 in Munich, Germany.
The House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.
Emmerich had seen in her visions the Virgin Mary leaving Jerusalem with St.John before the persecution of Christians had become worse and their coming to Ephesus; she had also seen that the house in Ephesus was on a mountain nearby and that the Christians who had settled there before lived in tents and caves. She said furthermore that the house of the Virgin Mary, a stone house, was built by St.John, that it was rectangular in plan with a round back wall and had an apse and a hearth. The room next to the apse was her bedroom and there was a stream of water running it. Emmerich went on as follows:
"After completing her third year here she had a great desire to go to Jerusalem. John and Peter took her there. She was taken so ill and lost so much weight in Jerusalem that everybody thought she was going to die and they began preparing a grave for her. When the grave was finished the Virgin Mary recovered. She was feeling strong enough to return to Ephesus.
After returning to Ephesus the Virgin Mary became very weak and at 64 years of age she died. The saints around her performed a funeral ceremony for her and put the coffin they had specially prepared into a cave about two kilometers away from the house".
photo: St John taking Mary home by Dyce
JOHN THE BELOVED APOSTLE SPARED FROM A PAINFUL DEATH, ONE OF THE FIRST MARIAN DEVOTEE,AND THE HOUSE HE BUILDS AT EPHESUS FOR THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY JOHN THE BELOVED APOSTLE SPARED FROM A PAINFUL DEATH, ONE OF THE FIRST MARIAN DEVOTEE,AND THE HOUSE HE BUILDS AT EPHESUS FOR THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Reviewed by Francisco Nascimento on 12:56 Rating: 5

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