St. Bartholomew the
The Apostle St. Bartholomew was one of Jesus' original
twelve Apostles. He was born at Cana of Galilee. He
is also known as Nathaniel. The Feast of St. Bartholomew
is celebrated on three separate days:
June 11 - along with St.
April 22 - under the title, Nathaniel of the
Seventy, also with the Apostles, Luke
Many Christian wear a Saint Bartholomew medal and recite
the following prayer in his honor on the St. Bartholomew
feast days. Wearing a Saint Bartholomew pendant helps
bring him closer to the hearts of believers and through
his intercession, bringing them closer to Jesus.
St. Bartholomew Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle
Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your
Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed
and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Miracles of St. Bartholomew
After the martyrdom of St. Bartholomew in Armenia where
Astiagus ordered him to be flayed alive, crucified upside
down, and beheaded miracles began to occur. The body
of St. Bartholomew was thrown into the sea by pagans
where it drifted to Lipara, an island where Bishop Agathon
found it. The bishop had a dream which foretold of St.
Bartholomew's body washing up on the shore. Bishop Agathon
buried St. Bartholomew in a church.
St. Bartholomew then appeared to St. Joseph the
Hymnographer, blessing him saying, "Let heavenly
water of wisdom flow from your tongue!" This inspired
St. Joseph to sing and write hymns.
St. Bartholomew also appeared to Emperor Anastaius,
telling him to guard the town of Dara.
The relics of St. Bartholomew were moved to Rome
where miracles still take place.
St. Bartholomew also performed many miracles when he
was alive preaching in India and Syria. He was known
for curing the blind, casting out demons, curing diseases,
and living through an attempt to crucify him.