St. John the Apostle is the disciple “whom Jesus loved”. It is a custom in to drink of “St. John’s Love”. The Church provided a special blessing of wine in honor of the Saint. According to tradition St. John drank a glass of poisoned wine without suffering harm because he had blessed it before he drank. The wine is also a symbol of the great love of Christ that filled St. John’s heart with loyalty, courage and enthusiasm for his Master; he alone of all the apostles was not afraid to stay close to Our Lord during the Passion and Crucifixion.