Today's Saint (June 11): Barnabas the Apostle

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Saint Barnabas was a first century disciple who introduced Paul to the apostles in Jerusalem.

Because he assisted Paul for twelve years in evangelizing the island of Cyprus and in Asia Minor, he has been honoured with the title of apostle, although he was not one of the original twelve. Paul refers to him in his letters to the Corinthians and Galatians.

Pious legend has it that Barnabas was martyred at the hands of the Jews of Salamis in Cyprus.

Pray that God raises up men in the church to be apostles for Christ, and that they may be, like Barnabas, "a good man, full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith." (Acts 11:24, from the day's epistle, page E67, The People's Anglican Missal.)

The accompanying picture is of a stained glass window at Saint Barnabas Church, in Waunarlwydd, Swansea.

Barnabas' Mass Propers
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