Matthias the Apostle

Matthias (Koine Greek: Μαθθίας, Maththías [maθˈθi.as], from Hebrew מַתִּתְיָהוּ Mattiṯyāhū; Coptic: ⲙⲁⲑⲓⲁⲥ; died c. AD 80) was, according to the Acts of the Apostles (written c. AD 63), chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following the latter's betrayal of Jesus and his subsequent death.[1] His calling as an apostle is unique, in that his appointment was not made personally by Jesus, who had already ascended into heaven, and it was also made before the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the early Church.


Matthias
St Matthias (c. 1611) by Peter Paul Rubens
Apostle
Born1st century AD
Judaea, Roman Empire
Diedc. AD 80
Jerusalem, Judaea or in Colchis (modern-day Georgia)
Venerated inCatholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Churches
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
CanonizedPre-congregation
Feast14 May (Roman Catholic Church, some places in Anglican Communion and Lutheran Church)
9 August (Eastern Orthodox Church)
24 February (in leap years 25 February) (pre-1970 General Roman Calendar, Western Rite Orthodoxy, Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church, some places in Lutheran Church)
Attributesaxe, Christian martyrdom
Patronagealcoholics; carpenters; tailors; Gary, Indiana[citation needed]; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; Trier; smallpox; hope; perseverance

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