We are celebrating St. Bartholomew Day on August 24. It is an annual feast day to celebrate the life and miracles of St. Bartholomew, one of the first apostles of Jesus Christ. He dedicated his life to spreading the teachings of Jesus. St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of tanners, tailors, plasterers, and leatherworkers. He is also associated with bookbinders, farmers, house painters, butchers, and glove makers due to the manner of his death. Because of his efforts to spread Christianity in Armenia, he is also the patron saint of that country.
History of St Bartholomew History
Salvation is the ultimate aim of human life. Salvation can be achieved by following the path laid out by Jesus himself, the path toward God. That is the essence of Christianity: the path a person should take to reach the abode of God in the afterlife. St. Bartholomew understood this mission. He was one of the first followers of Jesus. Additionally, he was one of the first 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. Saint Philip introduced him to the ideals of Jesus Christ. He is associated with many miracles related to the weight of objects.
The complete history of St. Bartholomew is unknown to us. However, historical scholars and theologians believe he was from Galilee. They also believe that Bartholomew was a Jewish law scholar who was close to Philip, another apostle. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts mention him as one of the first apostles. However, the name ‘Bartholomew’ does not appear in John’s Gospel. Many believe ‘Nathanael,’ mentioned in John’s Gospel, is ‘Bartholomew,’ and it is the saint’s given name.
Many believed that after being chosen as an apostle by Jesus Christ, he went to Armenia to spread Christianity. However, there are other claims that he went to India in 55 A.D. According to most sources, he was assassinated for converting an Armenian king, Polymius, to Christianity. St. Bartholomew’s Church is one of the most important and historically significant buildings in Blacktown, Australia. In 1841, St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Anglican Cemetery were built. He was buried in Germany after being flayed and beheaded.
St Bartholomew History timeline
Jesus of Nazareth is born.
Pontius Pilate orders the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Most sources agree St. Bartholomew is flayed and beheaded for converting Polymius.
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St Bartholomew History FAQs
When was the Gospel of Bartholomew written?
It is believed to have been composed between the second and fourth centuries.
What is the meaning of ‘Bartholomew’ in the “Bible?”
The name means ‘a son that suspends the waters.’
Why was Saint Bartholomew skinned?
St. Bartholomew was skinned alive for converting the Armenian king to Christianity.
How to Observe St Bartholomew History
Share the miracles of St. Bartholomew
St. Bartholomew performed miracles that affected the weight of objects. Share about his miracles on social media. Use hashtags to gain more views and spread the word of St. Bartholomew.
Pray to St Bartholomew
St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of Armenia. Pray to the saint for a prosperous and humble life. You can get your family to join in as well. After all, “a family that prays together, stays together.”
Visit the church
Visit your nearest church. Offer your services to the church on this day. Also, see if there are any drives or charities organized. Donate food or money and help people in need. St. Bartholomew was all about giving, so we should practice just that.
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Why St Bartholomew History is Important
A day for history lessons
The life of St. Bartholomew is a historic story. Learning about his life can help us understand the socio-political situation of the society in which he lived.
A day to offer service
This day encourages us to visit the Church and lend a hand in any services they offer. It is also a moral lesson for young kids who will learn the valuable teachings of St. Bartholomew.
A tale of dedication and faith
We love stories of sacrifice, commitment, and dedication. St. Bartholomew's is the epitome of these qualities. His story teaches us we should always have faith and dedication in whatever we do.
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