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Apostle Barnabas

About Apostle Barnabas

Apostle Barnabas, also known as Saint Barnabas, was an early Christian disciple and one of the prominent Christian leaders in the first century. A companion of the Apostle Paul, Barnabas played a crucial role in the spread of the Gospel and the establishment of the early Church.

Feast Day

June 11

Birth Place

Salamis, Roman Cyprus


1st century


Apostle Barnabas

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Barnabas was born in Cyprus to Jewish parents and was initially named Joseph. He was a Levite, a member of the tribe of Levi, responsible for the temple's duties and services. Barnabas became a follower of Jesus Christ shortly after Christ's resurrection and ascension, and it was the apostles who gave him the name "Barnabas," which means "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:36).


Ecclesiastical Career

Barnabas is most renowned for his missionary journeys alongside the Apostle Paul. He played a significant role in the spread of Christianity, venturing beyond the Jewish communities to preach to the Gentiles. His missionary journeys took him to numerous regions, including Cyprus, Antioch, and various parts of Asia Minor.

Barnabas was also instrumental in introducing Paul, then a recent convert from persecutor to follower of Christ, to the other apostles in Jerusalem. He recognized Paul's zeal and dedication, which played a crucial role in Paul's acceptance among the apostles and his future ministry.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Tradition holds that Barnabas was martyred in Cyprus by stoning around 61 AD. His feast day is celebrated on June 11 in the Orthodox Church.



Apostle Barnabas is revered for his dedication to spreading the Gospel, his encouraging spirit, and his significant contribution to the growth of the early Church. His life serves as an example of steadfast faith, generous service, and fearless proclamation of Christ's teachings.

Those interested in learning more about the life and works of Orthodox Saints are invited to explore our collection here. Discover the inspiring journey of a saint whose faith and courage helped shape Christianity's early days.



Where are the relics of Apostle Barnabas

The relics of the Apostle Barnabas, a prominent figure in early Christianity and a companion of the Apostle Paul, are believed to be located in Cyprus. According to tradition, after his martyrdom, Barnabas was buried secretly by his followers. In the 5th century, his relics were reportedly discovered after a dream revealed their location to the Archbishop of Constantia (modern-day Famagusta) in Cyprus. Following the discovery, a monastery, the Monastery of St. Barnabas, was established near Famagusta at the site of his tomb. The relics were placed in the monastery, where they remained for many centuries. However, in the late medieval period, it's believed that some of Barnabas's relics were taken to Constantinople and then later to Milan, Italy. Today, the Church of St. Barnabas in Milan claims to possess some of these relics. Meanwhile, the Monastery of St. Barnabas in Cyprus continues to be an important pilgrimage site for those venerating the apostle.

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