St Bartholomew

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 11:22

St Bartholomew

St Bartholomew

Bartholomew, who was also known as Nathanial, was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. He was a native of Cana who was introduced to Jesus by St Philip. When told that the Messiah had arrived and that he was Jesus of Nazareth Bartholomew's response was 'Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' Which prompted Jesus to say, 'Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. (John 1:47); or in other words, he speaks his mind.

Bartholomew is believed to have died at Albanopolis, Armenia, martyred on the order of Astyges for having converted his brother, Polymius, King of Armenia. According to Roman records, he was flayed alive and beheaded, though other accounts say he was flayed and then crucified head down. The remains of St Bartholomew were transferred to two churches in Italy: Benevento and the Church of St Bartholomew-in-the-Tiber in Rome. In the 11th century King Canute's wife, Queen Emma is said to have presented one of his arms to Canterbury Cathedral.

John's Gospel mentions Bartholomew as one of the Apostles to whom the risen Christ appeared at the Sea of Galilee after His Resurrection. Bartholomew is believed to have carried the gospel to India, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt and Armenia.

His main symbol consists of three knives representing his gruesome death. In art is often presented as a bearded man holding a book or a tanners knife and a human skin. Because of the manner in which he died, St Bartholomew became the patron saint of butchers, tanners and leather workers.

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