Jesus’ choice of 12 Apostles points to a consciousness of a symbolic mission—originally there were 12 tribes of Israel—that the community maintained after the Crucifixion.

Acts reveals that Matthias accompanied Jesus and the Apostles from the time of the Lord’s Baptism to his Ascension and that, when it became time to replace Judas, the Apostles cast lots between Matthias and another candidate, St. Joseph Barsabbas.

St. Jerome and the early Christian writers Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius of Caesarea attest that Matthias was among the 72 disciples paired off and dispatched by Jesus. Soon after his election, Matthias received the Holy Spirit with the other Apostles (Acts 2:1–4). He is not mentioned again in the New Testament.It is generally believed that Matthias ministered in Judaea and then carried out missions to foreign places. Greek tradition states that he Christianized Cappadocia, a mountainous district now in central Turkey, later journeying to the region about the Caspian Sea, where he was martyred by crucifixion and, according to other legends, chopped apart.

His symbol, related to his alleged martyrdom, is either a cross or a halberd. St. Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, reputedly transported Matthias’ relics from Jerusalem to Rome.

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  1. We celebrate and honor St. Matthias, Apostle day today. My son is named after St. Matthias. I spell my sons name the Latin way Matias.

  2. I Thanks GOD to be named Matthias, St. Matthias ? For US and Pray for my Grandfather Archbishop Matthias Isuja for his Soul to Rest in peace??

  3. Thank you Jesus for bringing my sister and her husband back safely from their trip. I thank you for giving us a lovely daughter who make Mother’s Day memorable for me. I pray for all the souls in purgatory and for the intentions of the Holy Father – Amen

  4. Thank you Lord for always being there for me and my family. Also for Zakkiya and her new born son that they are doing well. You have been with Zakkiya during her difficulties with her pregnancy, not having a proper home. Lord you have made her strong and helped her. We graciously thank you LORD for all your good blessings.


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