June 11: ST. BARNABAS, Apostle
He was a Cypriot Jew. The Holy Spirit destined him to a universal mission. It was Barnabas who introduced St. Paul to the other apostles. He was with Paul in the first missionary journey and in the first Council of Jerusalem. Although the date, place, and circumstances of his death are, as yet, historically unverifiable, Christian tradition holds that Barnabas was martyred at Salamis, Cyprus, in 61 AD. He is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church.
Blessed is this holy man who was worthy to be numbered among the Apostles, for he was a good man filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith.
O God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, should be set apart to convert the Gentiles, grant that the Gospel of Christ, which he strenuously preached, may be proclaimed faithfully by word and by deed. Through our Lord.