Saint Bartholomew – who was he? He was one of the 12 apostles and was also present at the Ascension on Christ. The Lutherans, Catholics and Anglicans all celebrate his feast day on August 24th. Ancient writings from Saint Jerome and from Eusebius of Caesarea indicate that Bartholomew traveled first to India to preach the Gospel and then, with fellow apostle Jude Thaddeus, he brought Christianity to Armenia. However, when King Polymius, the king of Armenia, converted to Christianity, his brother was enraged by the conversion and ordered Bartholomew’s death. Bartholomew was martyred in the 1st century A.D. Not many details are known about this saint, but his life is still an example to us. Bartholomew’s work continues to this day through the church in Armenia. He was obedient and faithful unto death.
“Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown on life.” Revelation 2:10