Instructions for the Feast of St. Bartholomew

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Instructions for the Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

The Church’s Year
By Rev. Leonard Goffine, 1871

Bartholomew, a native of Cana in Galilee, is probably that Nathaniel whom Philip, when called by Christ, took with him to the Lord. When called by Christ to be an apostle, Bartholomew left all at once, followed Him, and witnessed His sufferings and death, His resurrection and ascension. When he had received the Holy Ghost, he preached the gospel first to the Jews, and gaining but little fruit from their stubbornness, turned to the heathens in India, where he carried a copy of the gospel of St. Matthew; from India St. Bartholomew went to Phrygia and Lycaonia, everywhere preaching the faith of the cross, coming finally to Great Armenia, where after gaining a rich harvest for the faith, he received the crown of martyrdom. In Great Armenia he smote with dumbness the devil who had been prophetizing in a temple of the idols, freed the king’s daughter of an evil spirit, and converted the king and many of his court to the Christian religion. Enraged at this, the priests of the idols swore an oath to put him to death, and at their instigation the saint was killed after frightful tortures by Astyages, a brother of the converted king and a zealous idolator. The general belief is, that he was crucified with his head downwards, and while still alive the skin stripped from his body. His sacred relics were brought to Benevent, Italy, in the year 809, and to Rome in 983, where they are venerated in a Church dedicated to him.
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St. Bartholomew

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St. Bartholomew, Apostle

The Gospel gives us no other account of St. Bartholomew, than that he was joined by our Saviour to those men whom He called as Apostles, and chose to convert mankind. Hence, with the others, he followed the Divine Teacher, and learned from Him the doctrine which he afterwards preached to the nations. The life of this saint, after the ascension of Christ, is described by authentic writers as follows. When the Holy Apostles, after the Holy Ghost had descended upon them, dispersed to preach the gospel to the whole world, St. Bartholomew was sent into East India and the neighboring countries. He repaired thither, not without great hardship, and wandering through cities and villages, he everywhere converted great numbers of the heathen. Having provided all these places with priests, he journeyed to Greater Armenia.  Continue reading