Catholic Saints

Saint Barnabas

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Barnabas
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Barnabas
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Barnabas
  • What is Saint Barnabas the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Barnabas is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Barnabas

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A martyr is one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Barnabas
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Cyprus
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: June 11th
  • Date of Death: Saint Barnabas died in 38AD
  • Cause of Death: Stoned to death

Who or what is Saint Barnabas the patron saint of?
Saint Barnabas is the patron of Cyprus. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Barnabas
The story and history of Saint Barnabas. Barnabas was a Jewish Levite lived with the early Christians in Jerusalem. He was the companion of Saint Paul who introduced him to the Apostles. He preached in Asia and Cypress. St. Barnabas was one of the first prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch. Barnabas preached in Alexandria and Rome, and was stoned to death at Salamis about 38 AD. He is considered the founder of the Cypriot Church.

Death of Saint Barnabas
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Barnabas died in 38AD. Cause of Death: Stoned to death. 

Why is Saint Barnabas the patron of Cyprus?
Why is Saint Barnabas is the patron of Cyprus? Because he is considered to be the founder of the Cypriot Church.

How Saint Barnabas is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Barnabas in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Barnabas is represented in Christian Art as a man of majestic presence, with a copy of St. Matthew's Gospel in his hand. This was the substance of his preaching in Asia Minor, Italy, and Greece; and whenever he encountered any who were sick, he healed them by placing the book on their bosom.

Feast Day of Saint Barnabas
The Feast Day of Saint Barnabas is June 11th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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