St. Bartholomew
(An Apostle of Christ)
 
         
   
Feast Day –
August 24
Patron Saint of:
Bookbinders
Butchers
Leather Workers
Those suffering from nervous diseases
Shoemakers
Plasters
 
         
 
Prayer to Saint Bartholomew
 


 

 

O Glorious Saint Bartholomew, Jesus called you a person without guile and you saw in this word a sign that he was the Son of God and King of Israel.

Obtain for us the grace to be ever guileless and innocent as doves. At the same time, help us to have your gift of faith to see the Divine hand in the events of daily life.

May we discern the signs of the times that lead to Jesus on earth and will eventually unite us to him forever in heaven.

Amen

 

 

 

     
 
About Saint Bartholomew
 
 

 

In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b). When Nathanael asked how Jesus knew him, Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree” (John 1:48b). Whatever amazing revelation this involved, it brought Nathanael to exclaim, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel” (John 1:49b). But Jesus countered with, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this” (John 1:50b).

Nathanael did see greater things. He was one of those to whom Jesus appeared on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias after his resurrection (see John 21:1-14). They had been fishing all night without success. In the morning, they saw someone standing on the shore though no one knew it was Jesus. He told them to cast their net again, and they made so great a catch that they could not haul the net in. Then John cried out to Peter, “It is the Lord.”

The manner of his death is uncertain, it said to have occurred at Albanopolis in Armenia, he was beheaded, and some say, flayed alive and crucified, head downward, by order of Astyages, for having converted his brother, Polymius, King of Armenia. On account of this legend, he is often represented in art (e.g. in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment) as flayed and holding in his hand his own skin.

 
     
       

 

 

Our Relic of Saint Bartholomew is certified by the Postulator General Fr. Bernardiuns a Senis, Causarum Servorum Dei Ord. Fr. Min. S. Franc. Cap.

It is a small fragment of bone, it is numbered, and dated January 25th, 1960.

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