Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 25)

In the Roman Canon, after St. Mathias, we find St. Barnabas.

St. Barnabas was originally called Joseph. The Apostles gave him the name of Barnabas (Son of Consolation), to indicate that he consoled and encouraged others by his supernatural enthusiasm and power of speaking. Following a supernatural revelation, Paul and Barnabas were ordained with prayer and the imposing of hands, and furnished with all authority; they were to complete the Apostolic College and to take the place of the two Saints James, of whom the elder had suffered martyrdom, and the younger was restricted to the charge of the Mother-Church of Jerusalem. It is probable that he belonged to the seventy-two disciples of the Lord. After having been consecrated Bishop at Antioch, he made an extended missionary tour with St. Paul; later on he separated from Paul and labored
chiefly in his native island Cyprus, where his renowned apostolate was crowned with martyrdom (between 53-76). It is not certain, though probable, that St. Barnabas preached in Upper Italy. Toward the end of the fifth century, the body of the Saint was discovered in a cave at Salamis, in Cyprus. His feast occurs on June 11, the day of his death.

St. Barnabas, pray for us!

For the Greater Glory of God,
Fr. Matt