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Bartholomew (GB)

One of the twelve apostles of Jesus (Mark Gospel 3, 14-19). The name means "son of the furrow-puller". He was led from the circle of John the disciples on the Jordan by Philip under his Israelite name Nathanael from Cana to Jesus. Legends also see him as the groom of the wedding at Cana (Gospel of John 2: 1-11). He is credited with spreading the gospel in Egypt, Armenia, India and Persia, he healed the sick and possessed. According to legend, his skin was pulled alive in Armenia and he was then crucified upside down. According to another version, he was beheaded. Bartholomew is the patron saint of miners, plasterers, farmers, winegrower, Shepherds, leather workers, tanners, saddlers, shoemakers, tailors, bakers, butchers, bookbinders, as well as oil and cheese dealers. His feast day is August 24th. Calendar sayings relating to this date and the apostle are: 1) Rain at St. Bartolomä - hurts the vines bitterly. 2) As the weather is to Bartholomew, winter is measured against it ” . See also under Bauernregeln and wine Saints, Bartholomäus - Michelangelo in Sistine Chapel and Konrad Witz

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