Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Barsimæus, Bishop and Martyr


[Called by the Syrians Barsaumas.] He was the third bishop of Edessa from Saint Thaddaeus, one of the seventy-two disciples. Saint Barsaumas was crowned with martyrdom, being condemned to die for his zeal in converting great multitudes to the faith, by the president Lysias, in the reign of Trajan, when that prince having passed the Euphrates, made the conquest of Mesopotamia in 114. Saint Barsimæus is mentioned on the 30th of January in the Roman Martyrology, and in the Greek Mænology.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Barsimæus, Bishop and Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2013. Web. 3 December 2020. <>