Bartholomew is listed in the Bible as being one of the twelve apostles, and so one of the closest friends of Jesus, but that apart, we know little more about him.
It is possible that he was the same person as Nathaniel, the man whom Philip brought to Jesus as mentioned in St. John's Gospel, whom Jesus described as "an Israelite, in whom there is no guile."
Later traditions suggest that he preached in Asia Minor, northern India, and in Albanopolis in Armenia on the shores of the Caspian Sea, where he was flayed alive and then beheaded. The symbol for St. Bartholomew is three flaying knives on a red background.
His Feast Day is 24th August, and below are some biblical references to St. Bartholomew:
Matthew 10:1-4 (NRSV)
Acts 1: 13, 14 (NRSV)
Collect for the Feast Day of St Bartholomew - 24th August, taken from the Book of Common Prayer
O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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