Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Feast of Saint Bartholomew
- Bartholomew is simply just listed by name in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke as well as in Acts (Mt.10:2, Mark 3:14, Luke 6:12, Acts 1:13, 26). He is not mentioned in the Gospel of John, but some theologians believe that he is referred to by the name Nathaniel. Most of the information the church has about Bartholomew/Nathaniel is based on early sermons and writings.
- In the Gospel of John, Bartholomew (known as Nathaniel) is identified as being from Galilee. He was one of Jesus' first disciples.
- Bartholomew is thought to have been martyred in Armenia. His skin was flayed from his body while he was still alive.
- St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of Armenia because early church writers placed him there spreading the gospel.
- Bartholomew is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on June 30. In the Roman Catholic tradition, his feast day is August 24.
St Bartholomew Top Events and Things to Do
- Travel to Rome and visit St Bartholomew's relics. They are thought to be entombed in the basilica, St Bartholomew on the Island (in Rome, Italy).
- Visit the Sistine Chapel at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or look at its images online. St. Bartholomew appears in Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment" with his skin flayed.
- Gingerbread is a food associated with the St Bartholomew. Bake some gingerbread men on his feast day.