Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr (August 24)   6 comments

Above:   St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, New York, New York

Apostle to Armenia (and Perhaps India)

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The Assigned Readings for This Feast:

Deuteronomy 18:15-18

Psalm 91 or Psalm 91:1-4

1 Corinthians 4:9-15

Luke 22:24-30

The Collect:

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

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We know little about St. Bartholomew, a.k.a. Nathanael from the canonical Gospels.  Most references to him in the New Testament are listings of the Twelve Apostles.  We read further that he came from Cana, that St. Philip the Apostle brought him to Jesus, and that he was present with Jesus after the Resurrection (John 21).

St. Bartholomew/Nathanael preached in Armenia and perhaps in India after the Biblical narrative ceased to mention him.  In the Third Century C.E. a Christian traveler in India reported seeing a Hebrew-language copy of the Gospel of Matthew and hearing accounts of the Apostle’s presence in the subcontinent.  Some authorities dispute this account, questioning whether “India” was actually the subcontinent.  It might have been Ethiopia or Arabia.  According to generally accepted tradition the Apostle died in Armenia when people flayed then crucified him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 13, 2010

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C

Posted June 13, 2010 by neatnik2009 in August 24, Saints of the Bible

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