Friday, August 24, 2007

The Proper of the Day: St. Bartholomew the Apostle

Today Christians remember St. Bartholomew the Apostle, one of the Twelve. Not much is known of Bartholomew, and even the details of his life are sketchier even than for others of the Apostles. It's believed he preached either in India or Armenia, of whom he is patron. One of Manhattan's larger Episcopal Churches, St. Bart's on Park Avenue, is named in his honor. I like the he's a bit anonymous. We don't know much about him, but we honor him for the spirit of Christ in him. Can you do something good for someone anonymously today?

Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; 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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