Saint Matthias

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Saint Matthias from the workshop of Simone Martini
Born 1st century AD
Judaea, Roman Empire
Died c. 80 AD
Jerusalem, Judaea or in Colchis (modern-day Georgia)
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Churches
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast May 14 (Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion)
August 9 (Eastern Orthodox Church)
February 24 (in leap years February 25) (pre-1970 General Roman Calendar, Western Rite Orthodoxy, Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church)
Attributes axe
Patronage alcoholics; carpenters; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; smallpox; tailors; hope; perseverance

Matthias was the apostle who replaced Judas Iscariot. This was stated in the Acts of the Apostles. Unlike the other apostles, his appointment was not made personally by Jesus.

After the betrayal of Judas, the disciples of Jesus needed to choose a new apostle. To do this they nominated 2 men - Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias.