Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August

Feast of Bartholomew the Apostle

Bartholomew, martyr, one of the Twelve Apostles,  thought to be a doctor in the Jewish law, friend of Philip and a man "in whom there was no guile". After Pentecost, Bartholomew travelled to Asia Minor, northwestern India and Armenia, where while preaching, he was arrested and condemned to death.

Bartholomew is the Patron of bookbinders, butchers, cobblers, Florentine cheese merchants, Florentine salt merchants, leather workers, nervous diseases, neurological diseases, plasterers, shoemakers, tanners, trappers, twitching and ....... Armenia. His symbols are a tanner's knife and book and skin, due to the rather horrible way in which he was killed. He is often portrayed as an elderly man holding a tanner's knife or even as a skinless man holding his own skin.

Each year in Sandwich, Kent, there is a St Bartholomew's Bun Race. Children run around the church of St Bart's. After completing the circuit they are given a bun and the adults are given a biscuit especially baked for the occasion.