Today is the Feast Day of St. Barnabas, Martyr
It is fitting to mention St. Barnabas at First Communion Stories. Here, we try to honor the Eucharist and Holy Mass.
The name of Barnabas is included in the Roman Canon, which is Eucharist Prayer I at Holy Mass.
When Paul visited Jerusalem after he converted, Barnabas stood sponsor for Paul and had him received by the Apostles. Barnabas accompanied Paul on his mission and also attended the council of Jerusalem. Barnabas is mentioned several times in the New Testament.
First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 11:21b-26; 13:1-3
A great number that believed turned to the Lord.
News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord.
So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Mana-en a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Barnabas and the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I)
Remember also, Lord, your servants N. and N., who have gone before us with the sign of faithand rest in the sleep of peace. Grant them, O Lord, we pray,and all who sleep in Christ, a place of refreshment, light, and peace. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)
To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners, hope in your abundant mercies, graciously grant some share and fellowshipwith your holy Apostles and Martyrs: with John the Baptist, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, (Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia) and all your Saints: admit us, we beseech you, into their company, not weighing our merits, but granting us your pardon, through Christ our Lord.
Tradition has it that Barnabas was stoned to death during Nero’s reign. St. Barnabas, pray for us!