St. Bartholomew as painted by the Dutch artist Rembrandt (1606–1669) in 1657. Timken Museum of Art, Putnam Foundation Collection, San Diego (34.19). © Timken Museum of Art, San Diego
1st century, one of the 12 Apostles
All that is known of Saint Bartholomew with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a patronymic, means "son of Tolomai" and scholars believe he is the same as Nathanael mentioned in John, who says he is from Cana and that Jesus called him an "Israelite...incapable of deceit."
The Roman Martyrology says he preached in India and Greater Armenia, where he was flayed and beheaded by King Astyages. Tradition has the place as Abanopolis on the west coast of the Caspian Sea and that he also preached in Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt.
The Gospel of Bartholomew is apochryphal and was condemned in the decree of Pseudo-Gelasius.
Saint Bartholomew's Feast Day is August 24.
With acknowledgement to Catholic Online
Prayer to Saint Bartholomew for Inner Peace and Tranquillity
O Saint Bartholomew!
You who were without stain or duplicity, I stand before you asking for emotional health and restoring the root of my nervous and emotional situation and/or crisis.
Assist me, O Holy Man of God, when the dark cloud of despair threatens my thinking; you who were tormented by a cruel martyrdom, pity my present need:
(request the favour needed)
Saint Bartholomew intercede for us who live in an agitated world where anguishes and fears, nervousness, anxieties and depression surround us and which, like tempestuous and stormy waves, stir within us.
O Saint Bartholomew!
Restore in us our inner peace and peace in our homes.
Show me that God is always with me and obtain for me the grace of experiencing peace and tranquillity in my life; that, following your steps of Holiness I may imitate your virtues, living a full life, without the stains or errors of corruptions of this world, so as to merit, like you, the praises of God and be able to one day enjoy the Beatitudes worthy of all holy people.
I implore this to God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord in union with the Holy Ghost. Amen
Saint Bartholomew, plead for me!