A Garner of Saints – Saint Barnabas

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Barnabas the Apostle; old cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Bazas, Gironde, France; photographed on 28 March 2013 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

The apostle, a native of Cyprus. Reputed to have been one of the seventy-two disciples. When at Iconium with Mark, Christ appeared to him and foretold his martyrdom. He parted from Paul with great weeping, knowing that he should never see him again, and then proceeded to Cyprus, where he converted many and healed the sick by laying the Gospel of Saint Matthew upon them. One day at the heathen temple, witnessing the barbarous rites of worship, Barnabas cursed the place, and immediately it fell and crushed many, the rest being converted. But he was apprehended by the Jews; and as they heard that Eusebius, a man of the race of Nero, was coming to the place, and fearing lest he should take the apostle out of their hands, they dragged him by the neck outside the city and there burned him. They wished to throw the ashes into the sea, but John and two others took possession of them and secretly buried them. 11th June.

Attributes

  • Usually a grey-bearded man simply holding a book (? the Gospel of Saint Matthew).
  • Sometimes with flames or a stake.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Barnabas”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2017. Web. 25 June 2017. <>