St Bartholomew Feast Day – Apostle and Martyr
24 August

Saint Bartholomew lived in the first century AD and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Saint Bartholomew is credited with many miracles related to the weight of objects. He was martyred in Armenia, Caucasia. Due to the nature of his martyrdom, Saint Bartholomew is the Patron Saint of Tanners, Plasterers, Tailors, Leatherworkers, Bookbinders, Farmers, Housepainters, Butchers, and Glove Makers.

God and loving father, you have given us the glorious Apostle Bartholomew as our beloved Patron Saint and powerful advocate in heaven.
We offer you our prayers, animated by a spirit of confidence that through the efficacious intercession of Saint Bartholomew, we shall merit your unfailing help and protection and shall ever remain loyal and devoted to Divine will all the days of our life.
Teach us to cherish, proclaim, and practice the Gospel message of Christ, which Saint Bartholomew so eloquently preached and finally sealed with his heroic martyrdom.
As we prepare devoutly for his Solemn Feast by this Novena of Prayers, we trustingly raise our minds and hearts to you.
Refuse not, o Lord God, our humble petition but unite it with that of Apostle Bartholomew and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles, so that we may obtain the grace of true repentance for our Sins, of divine assistance in our spiritual and temporal wants, and of constant fidelity to all our Christian duties. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.