Monday, June 11, 2007

The Proper of the Day: St. Barnabas, Apostle

Today we celebrate the Major Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle and martyr. He is not one of the original Twelve, but is given the status of Apostle because of his encouragement of St. Paul in Paul's ministry. Barnabas is also the one who sold a field a gave the proceeds to the community, making him (in my mind) a patron of stewardship campaigns!

Officially, Barnabas is patron against hailstorms, patron of peacemakers, and of Cyprus, Anticoch, and Marino in Italy.

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, for ever and ever.


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