June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

Read the Life of St. Bartholomew here

The Holy Apostle Bartholomew was born at Cana of Galilee and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ. After the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, it fell by lot to the holy Apostles Bartholomew and Philip (November 14) to preach the Gospel in Syria and Asia Minor. In their preaching they wandered through various cities, and then met up again. Accompanying the holy Apostle Philip was his sister, the holy virgin St Mariamnne.

Read the Life of St. Barnabas here

St Barnabas died in about the year 62, at age seventy-six. In time, the burial spot was forgotten, but numerous signs took place at this spot. In the year 448, during the time of the emperor Zeno, St Barnabas appeared three times in a dream to Archbishop Anthimus of Cyprus and indicated the place where his relics were buried. Starting to dig at the indicated spot, Christians found the incorrupt body of the saint, and upon his chest was the Holy Gospel.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Bartholomew and Barnabas from the Menaion
Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

Being an instrument well tuned by the action of the Spirit, O Barnabas, thou didst commit thyself to summon the nations, guiding them to the knowledge of Christ by thy words and deeds, and thou hast enlightened all to confess the true divinity of Jesus, the Savior of our souls.

With the net of thy words, O divinely eloquent apostle, thou didst draw the ends of the world forth from the abyss of vainglory and wicked ungodliness, and didst bring them with faith unto Christ God Who had given thee such grace, in that thou art His divine disciple and recounter of His mysteries, O Apostle Bartholomew.

God Who seeth all things beforehand, perceiving thy mind in manner divine, chose thee and enrolled thee in the choir of the apostles, O most lauded Bartholomew, illumining thy heart with grace.

Thou didst put forth a stream of the drink of salvation, O most honored Bartholomew, and didst bring forth manifold fruit of salvation for the nations, O right wondrous one.

O glorious Barnabas, thou wast seen to be a willing cloud bearing rain for us from the source of grace and dropping a torrent of nourishment down upon us.

Like a most excellent seed, the chariot of the Word, thou didst roil the pagan seas; and with faith thou didst consume the uttermost parts of bitter ungodliness.

Following the commandments of the Master, O all-praised apostle Barnabas, thou didst distribute all thy property among the poor, becoming an eloquent preacher of Christ.

Thou didst live in the world like a divine dew, granting healing to men, O all-blessed Bartholomew, and with prophecy didst bring ruin upon the land of ungodliness.

Thou wast the voice of one crying among the barren nations, O wise Barnabas who art most rich, proclaiming to all the unapproachable mystery of the divine incarnation.

Thou wast a scythe which severed weeds at the root, mowing down inveterate falsehood with thy miracles, in manner past describing, O wondrous and divinely eloquent Barnabas.

Thou didst reveal to the world the great mystery of the divine incarnation, which is infinite and beyond all understanding, O Bartholomew, and which, though ineffable, is accessible and credible to the faithful alone.

In holiness, O Barnabas, didst thou preach the Son Who resteth in the saints, Who with the Father is equally without beginning and enthroned, and Who, having become man, wrought salvation for us.