Originally from Cyprus, Barnabas was said to have been present at the Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the original followers of Christ. He introduced Saint Paul to the other apostles and became his disciple. He was stoned in Cyprus when he attempted to preach there, and this is why he is invoked against hail. He was burned alive, and when his remains were discovered in 458, the Gospel of Matthew was with them.
Other patronages: Antioch, Cyprus
Invoked: for peace