May 14, 2012
May 28, 2012
The island of Patmos is said to be the location where St. John wrote the book of Revelations. Therefore, Patmos is considered a holy island due to its religious significance. In the 1st century C.E., John was exiled to Patmos by the Roman emperor due to his faith in Christianity. During his exile, John was accompanied by Prochorus, his scribe. While on the island of Patmos, John spent much of his time in a small cave, now the Grotto of Revelations. While there, he saw Jesus in a vision. "Write therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lamp stands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands are the seven churches." In this quotation from the book of Revelations, Jesus tells John to write what he has seen and to basically write the book of Revelations. In the book, John tells people how to act in order to live an eternal life in Heaven. He mentions many sinners and the accounts of people who did not act in a Christian way. On our visit to the Grotto of Revelations, we saw the cave where John saw his vision of Jesus Christ. The cave seemed quiet and peaceful.
In the cave, there was a crack on the ceiling that branched off into three lines. This crack has historically been a symbol of the Holy Trinity, and was said to be created by the voice of Jesus during his vision because his voice was so loud. Also in the cave, hanging, were the seven silver lamp stands from John's vision. Another very important part of the cave was the three holes. One of the hole is where John rested his head (a pillow), one was used as a handhold that John used to pull himself up after laying on the ground, and the third was said to be the desk of Prochorus, where he wrote down John's visions. Overall our visit to Patmos was extraordinary and educational. The island was beautiful, with gorgeous views and beaches. We got to encounter specific parts to the book of Revelations during our visit and we got to see first hand where John lived.