Feast Of ST. Bartholomew; Skinned Alive Apostle (Prayer)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
O Glorious Saint Bartholomew, Jesus called you a person without guile
and you saw in this word a sign that he was the Son of God and King
of Israel. Obtain for us the grace to be ever guileless and innocent as
doves. At the same time, help us to have your gift of faith to see the
Divine hand in the events of daily life. May we discern the signs of
the times that lead to Jesus on earth and will eventually unite us to
him forever in heaven. Amen.
O Jesus, Saint Bartholomew’s greatest desire was to know the truth.
When first informed about You, his initial reaction was, “How can
anything good come from Nazareth?” But as soon as he met You,
he wanted to become one of Your disciples. You said of him,
“Here is a man in whom there is no deception.” I ask him to pray
against the deceptions that are influencing me and the people I know.
Help us to experience Your affirmation when we are honest,
give us courage to resist lying as a means of self-protection,
and inspire our minds to recognize the truth when we hear it.
Saint Bartholomew, pray for us. Amen.