St. Matthias the Apostle

On Friday, February 24th at 5:30 pm, we will observe the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle, with shortened Evening Prayer followed by Holy Communion.  After Judas’ betrayal of Christ and subsequent suicide, St. Peter led the disciples to choose a replacement so that the number of apostles who knew and remembered Jesus would remain at twelve.  Two names were brought forward and after praying for guidance, Matthias was chosen and from this point on, he was numbered as one of the twelve.  Little else is known for certain about Matthias, but even from this small mention in the New Testament, we know that he knew Jesus and was a witness to his resurrection, that he had been a faithful follower and that he was thought suitable to have a special role among those who remained to spread the Gospel after Our Lord’s death. There are many legends about St. Matthias – his work of evangelizing, his persecution, etc. – but the church honours him as a martyr, who stands among the unsung heroes of every generation who labour for the faith with little recognition.