Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

“One of the seven angels who held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”” (Revelation 21:9.)

Saint Bede the Venerable comments on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“He calls the church “bride” and “wife,” for while remaining herself pure and immaculate, she is always giving birth to spiritual sons for God. Or, [she is called “bride” and “wife”] because although she is now betrothed to God, she will at that time be led to the neverending wedding feast” (Explanation of the Apocalypse, 21.)

Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith,
by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew
clung wholeheartedly to Your Son,
and grant that
through the help of his prayers
Your Church may become for all the nations
the sacrament of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen