SAINT BARNABAS, APOSTLE
Barnabas, of the tribe of Levi, was born on the island of Cyprus about the beginning of the Christian era. His name was originally Joseph, but the Apostles changed it to Barnabas, meaning “son of encouragement,” probably because of his ability as a preacher. At Jerusalem, he was convinced of the genuineness of Paul’s conversion and vouched for him to the community. Legend has it that Barnabas was stoned to death on Cyprus about the year 60.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 22
In the evening: Psalm 38
One or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well-being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for all people in society and community
For families and children
For those who live alone
For those we love
For catechumens and learners
For preachers of the Gospel
For those who work for reconciliation of those at variance with each other
For the Church in Cyprus and Turkey
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.