FEAST DAY: August 24
DAY OF THE WEEK: Tuesday
CANDLE COLOR: Red
LEGEND: One of the Twelves Apostles. Probably a close friend of Saint Philip; his name is always mentioned in the Gospels in connection with him, and it was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus. May have written a gospel, now lost; it is mentioned in other writings of the time. May have preached in Asia Minor, Ethiopia, India and Armenia; some one did, leaving early writings behind, and local tradition says it was him. Flayed alive at Albanopolis, Armenia.
PETITION SAINT BARTHOLOMEW: for protection from violence and a violent death, when undergoing surgery, in cases concerning learning the truth
PATRONAGE: Armenia; bookbinders; butchers; cobblers; Forentine cheese merchants; Forentine salt merchants; Gambatesa, Italy; leather workers; nervous diseases; neurological diseases; plasterers; shoemakers; tanners; trappers; twitching; whiteners
REPRESENTATION: tanner’s knife; cross; elderly man holding a tanner’s knife and a human skin; skinless man holding his own skin
PRAYERS 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.