By Christina Hermoso
Masses will be celebrated Saturday, August 24, in honor of Saint Bartholomew (San Bartolome) to mark his feast day.
Bishop Deogracias Iniguez will preside over a high mass at 9:45 a.m. at the San Bartolome Parish on Rizal Avenue, Malabon City, in solemn observance of the feast. Bishop Pablo Virgilio David will preside over another high mass in the evening at 6:30. A solemn procession will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Festivities will also be held in Catbalogan, Samar; Magalang, Pampanga; Meycauayan, Bulacan; and in Nagcarlan, Laguna.
San Bartolome was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, and a martyr of the Christian faith. Known in the Scriptures as Nathaniel, San Bartolome witnessed the Ascension of Jesus. Together with St. Jude, he introduced Christianity to Armenia during the first century hence, the two holy men are considered as the patrons of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
San Bartolome also preached in India, Mesopotamia, Iran, and Egypt and was able to convert thousands to Christianity.