[[Image:Apostle Bartholomew.jpg|frame|St. Bartholomew the Apostle]]
The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle Bartholomew''' (also known as ''Nathaniel'') was one of the [[Apostles|Twelve Great Apostles]]. He is referenced in the Synoptic [[Gospels]] and in the [[Acts of the Apostles]]. His [[feast day]]s are celebrated on [[June 11]] (with St. [[Apostle Barnabas|Barnabas]] and [[August 25]] (the translation of his [[relics]]).
== Life ==After the [[Ascension|Ascension of Christ]], Bartholomew preached in Asia with the [[Apostle Philip (of the Twelve)|Apostle Philip]], Philip's sister Mariamma, and [[Apostle John]]. He later preached in India and then Armenia where he was [[martyr]]ed. Prior to India, he was crucified upside down in Hierapolis with the [[Apostle Philip (of the Twelve)|Apostle Philip]] for causing the death of a great serpent the people
worshipped and healing people through prayer. He was removed from the cross during a great earthquake because the people thought God was judging them; St. Philip had already reposed.
He then went to India, translated the [[Gospel of Matthew]] and cured the Armenian king's daughter of insanity; but the king's envious brother had him crucified, skinned him and finally beheaded him.
Christians buried his body but because of the miracles happening over his relics the pagans threw his coffin into the sea. The coffin ended up at the island of Lipara where Bishop Agathon—who met it via a revelation in a dream—buried it in a church. St. Bartholomew appeared to St. [[Joseph the Hymnographer]] and blessed him that he might be able to sing spiritual hymns saying,
'Let heavenly water of wisdom flow from your tongue! ' He also appeared to Emperor Anastasius (491-518) and told him that he would protect the new town of [ http: //www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Dara Dara]. Later his relics were translated to Rome where [[miracle]]s continue to occur.
[[Troparion]] (Tone 3)
:Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas,
:entreat the merciful God
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
:You have appeared to the universe as a great sun,
:shining with the radiance of your teachings and awesome miracles.
:You enlighten those who honor you, apostle of the Lord, Bartholomew.
== Source ==
*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
*[http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/ANF-08/anf08-102.htm Martyrdom of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Bartholomew] from ''Ante-Nicene Fathers'' in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/groups/ntp03.htm Apostle Bartholomew Icon]