Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle

Saint Matthias, who replaced Judas Iscariot as...

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Today marks the remembrance of St. Matthias, the Apostle in the church.  According to Luke, Matthias was with Jesus and the apostles throughout His ministry from the Baptism of Christ by John, through the Ascension of our Lord.  Matthias was chosen to replace Judas after he hanged himself.

Not much is known about Matthias beyond Luke’s account of his being numbered among the twelve.  Tradition holds that he preached the Gospel in Judea and then went on to Ethiopia.  He has also been placed in Armenia and Colchis in Asia Minor.  It is not known where or how Matthias died, although there is speculation that he was crucified, or stoned in Jerusalem.  It is said that St. Helena, the mother of Constantine, brought Matthias’ bones from Jerusalem to Rome.   They are said to have made their way to Trier where they are stored in the Church of Matthias.

Source:  Catholic Encyclopedia.

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Posted on February 24, 2011, in Commemoration of Saints and Church Figures. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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