Saint Barnabas was born to Hellenic Jewish parents.They named him Joseph but when he went to Jerusalem and gave up all his worldly possessions to follow Jesus, his name was changed to Barnabas.
Saint Barnabas lived in the first century A.D. and was one of the first early Christian disciples.Saint Barnabas is mentions in the Acts of the Apostles and in the Epistles of St. Paul.
Saint Barnabas was one of the first teachers in Antioch.He was a Levite which is one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Saint Barnabas introduced St. Paul to the Apostles of Jesus.Paul worked with Saint Barnabas for a year in Antioch.
Saint Barnabas went to Asia Minor as a missionary, bringing John Mark and Paul with him.
Saint Barnabas and St. Paul have a dispute and go their separate ways.Barnabas went to Cyprus and Paul to Syria.
Saint Barnabas was preaching the gospel when Jews dragged him from the synagogue, tortured him and stoned him to death.
Saint Barnabas is honored as the Patron Saint of Cyprus.
Prayer to St. Barnabas
God our Father,
You filled Saint Barnabas with faith
and the Holy Spirit
and sent him to convert the nations.
Help us to proclaim the gospel by word and deed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Saint Barnabas Venerated Today
Saint Barnabas continues to be venerated by today’s Christians.Many Christians recite a prayer to St. Barnabas while wearing a Saint Barnabas medal, asking him to help them spread the words of Jesus just as he did in Cyprus.
A Saint Barnabas pendant or a Saint Barnabas medallion is a reminder to defend the Christian faith even when threatened or persecuted.The courage of Saint Barnabas remains an example for all Christians.