Almighty and everlasting God,
who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word:
Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
(BCP The Episcopal Church)
Almighty and everlasting God, who didst
give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace
truly to believe and to preach thy Word;
Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to
love that Word which he believed, and both to
preach and receive the
same, through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Cranmer’s 1549 BCP collect was:
O ALMIGHTIE and everlastyng God, whiche haste geven grace to thy apostle Bartholomewe truly to beleve and to preache thy worde; graunt, we beseche thee, unto thy Churche, both to love that he beleved, and to preache that he taught; thorough Christ our Lorde.
The Sarum missal was:
Almighty, everlasting God,
who this day have given us venerable and holy joy in the festivity of your blessed apostle Bartholomew:
Grant, we beseech you, unto your Church both to love what he believed and to preach what he taught.
This quite general collect, useable for any celebration of an apostle or evangelist (with the name changed, obviously) is appointed in the Leonine Sacramentary for the feast of John the Evangelist (no 1273). It is found for that same feast day in the Gregorian (#74) and Gallican Missale Gothicum (#322).
grant that as the apostle Bartholomew truly believed
and preached the word of life,
so now your Church may continually hear and proclaim
the gospel of Jesus Christ,
to the glory of your name.
Bestow upon us, Lord,
the grace of the honest and open heart
which you gave to Bartholomew,
so that we may rightly discern the truth
and willingly believe in your Son Jesus Christ.
A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (pages 661-662)
In the New Testament, Bartholomew appears only in the lists of the names of the twelve apostles. In the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; Acts 1:15). John makes no mention of Bartholemew, but has Nathaniel (John 1:43-50) instead. Many think this is the same person. Bar-tholomew means “son of Tolmai (or Talmai)”. This leads to the possibility of Nathanael, son of Tolmai. Nathanael, in John, is introduced as a friend of Philip, which would fit with the Synoptic pairing.
Almighty and everlasting God,
who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your word:
grant that your Church
may love that word which he believed
and may faithfully preach and receive the same;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Common Worship Church of England
Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith,
by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew
clung wholeheartedly to your Son,
and grant that through the help of his prayers
your Church may become for all the nations
the sacrament of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
- Saint Andrew
- St Matthew September 21
- Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
- Week starting July 25
- Maundy Thursday