Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Sainty for Grossest Martyrdom

LADIES AND GENTLMEN, SAINTS AND SINNERS, CLERGY AND LAYMEN, IT'S THAT TIME....IT'S

THE SAINTIES!

So without further adoo (I've had enough Adoo, if adoo say so myself.) Let's get to the winner of the first award.  
The Sainty for the Grossest Martyrdom goes to...



SAINT BARTHOLOMEW
 FOR 
BEING SKINNED ALIVE!
St. Bartholomew, or St. Bart since Bartholomew takes way too long to type, was one of Jesus' original disciples, the one to say "can anything good come out of Nazareth?".  My guess is if he had known that in a few years he'd be skinned alive for love of the one he mocked, he'd probably had said "you're nuts" because WHO SKINS SOMEONE ALIVE?  Anyway, according to tradition he and St. Jude traveled to India as well as Armenia, bringing the Gospel and, in some traditions, copies of the Gospel of St. Matthew.    It was in Persia that St. Bart was to meet his end, where being flayed alive was a form of capital punishment.  St. Bart, patron of the Armenian Church, Tanners and Leather workers (not joking, we have a wonderful taste for irony, don't we?) and the 2011 Sainty winner for "Grossest Martyrdom" pray for us!

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