This year Barnabas's Name day is on 11th June 2017
Saint Barnabas, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Barnabas has the following symbols associated
- A dalmatic
Historically Famous Barnabass
Although Barnabas was not one of the Twelve, he is called an 'apostle' - that is, 'one who is sent'. Barnabas worked tirelessly to bring the Gospel to the people of the Roman Empire; indeed, his first mission was to be a companion to the newly-converted Paul (also called an apostle) when many Christians in Jerusalem could only remember him as the raging persecutor, Saul, who witnessed the stoning of St Stephen. We know from Acts that Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew, 'a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith'. He accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey and is honoured as the founder of the Church on Cyprus. Barnabas was also the cousin of John Mark, the youngman who may have written the first Gospel. John Mark started out on the mission with them but disgraced himself - in Paul's eyes, at least - by wearying of the dangers. Barnabas, to his everlasting credit, took the part of the younger man and went back with him, although later he managed to reconcile the tWo. The Bible does not tell us what became of Barnabas, although tradition says that he was martyred at Salamis, Greece. Since Barnabas' feast day is the 11 June (the old style Midsummer Day), he has become the patron saint of haymakers and harvesters, as well as of Cyprus.