SAINT BARTHOLOMEW, APOSTLE
Bartholomew is listed as one of the twelve Apostles in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. He is not mentioned in John, who gives instead the name Nathaniel, and therefore it is sometimes supposed that Nathaniel was his given name and that Bar-tholomew (“son of Tolmai”) came from his father’s name. Legends connect his ministry with Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Persia, and India. Most accounts agree that he spent his last years in Armenia and was flayed and beheaded there.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalms 101, 147:13-21
In the evening: Psalms 81, 116
Read one or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
Almighty and everlasting God, you gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to lead a holy life
For the remembrance of our baptism
For a deepened love of the Holy Communion
For the gift of love
For the grace of humility
For the Church in Armenia
For strength and guidance to find ways of serving God
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.