Notre Dame de Rouen. The façade of the Gothic Church in France. Photographer: Hippo1947. Licence: SHUTTERSTOCK.

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Saint Bartholomew. Apostle. Feast Day, Today, 24 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Bartholomew.
Feast Day 24 August.

Double of The Second-Class.

Red Vestments.

Saint Bartholomew.
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

English: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
By Pierre Le Gros the Younger.
The Nave of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Italy.
Français: Saint Barthélemy par Pierre Le Gros le Jeune.
Nef de la basilique Saint-Jean-de-Latran (Rome).
Photo: 7 September 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jastrow.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Bartholomew, or, the son of Tholomy, is, according to common opinion, the Disciple whom Saint Philip brought to Our Lord , under the name of Nathanael, and whom The Master praised on account of his innocence and the simplicity of his heart.

["Philip met Nathanael and said to him: The one of whom Moses has written in The Law, and whom The Prophets have announced, we have found: It is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come from Nazareth ? Philip said to him: Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him and said of him: That is a true Israelite, in whom there is no guile. Nathanael said to Him: Whence knowest thou me ? Jesus answered: Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the Fig Tree, I saw thee. Nathanael replied: Rabbi. Thou art The Son of God. Thou art The King of Israel." John i, 45-49.]

Armenia, at the site of the Apostle's Martyrdom.
Date: Pre-1913.
Source: Bachmann, Walter (1913) "Kirchen und moscheen in
und Kurdistan", Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs, pp. 119-123.
Author: Bachmann, Walter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

For the Gospel of Saint John, never mentioning Saint Bartholomew among The Apostles, says that Philip and Nathanael came together to Jesus, and that he was among the Disciples to whom The Saviour appeared after The Resurrection on the shore of The Sea of Galilee. The other Gospels never use the name of Nathanael, but, after Philip, they always mention Bartholomew.

Born at Cana, in Galilee, he was placed by Jesus among The Twelve (Gospel) and he was a witness of the principal actions of Jesus upon the Earth. "The first gift vouchsafed to The Church by The Holy Ghost," says Saint Paul, "is the Grace of The Apostleship" (Epistle).

English: Church of Saint Bartholomew,
Gyöngyös, Hungary.
Français: Eglise baroque Szent Bertalan de Gyöngyös.
Magyar: Szent Bertalan nagytemplom.
Română: Biserica barocă Szent Bertalan / Sfântul Bartolomeu din Gyöngyös.
Photo: February 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Venusz.
(Wikimedia Commons)

He Preached The Faith in Arabia Felix: According to certain Traditions, he was flayed alive. He is thus represented in the beautiful White Marble statue, by Cibo, in Milan Cathedral, Italy.

His Relics are Venerated at Rome, in the Church of Saint Bartholomew, on an island formed by The River Tiber. His name is mentioned in The Canon of The Mass among The Apostles.

Let us joyfully Celebrate The Feast of Saint Bartholomew, who, in Heaven, Praises God, among the Glorious Choir of The Apostles (Alleluia), and let us ask God to grant to His Church to love what He believed and to Preach what he himself taught (Collect).

Every Parish Priest Celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

First Vespers (23 August): Of The Common of Apostles.
Commemoration: Of Saint Philip: Antiphon: Hic vir. Versicle. Justum.
Mass: Mihi autem.
Preface: Of The Apostles.
Second Vespers: Of The Common of Apostles.
Commemoration: Of Saint Louis: Similábo. Versicle. Amávit.


  1. Thanks for this post, Zephy - I have linked to it. I am just fascinated by that statue...

    1. As always, Mac, thank you for your Comment.

      The statue, indeed, is guaranteed to concentrate the mind. When we start complaining about Life's difficulties, let us not forget what The Apostles had to contend with.

      Good to see that Mulier Fortis is back up and Blogging at


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