About St Matthias Apostle Image

St. Matthias the Apostle was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot among the Twelve Apostles following Judas’ betrayal and subsequent death. The primary source of information about St. Matthias comes from the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament.

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What Is St Matthias the Apostle Known For?

After Judas Iscariot’s betrayal and suicide, the remaining eleven apostles decided to choose a replacement.

They nominated two men, Matthias and Barsabbas, and then prayed to God to show which of the two he had chosen. The lot fell to Matthias, and he was added to the Twelve Apostles.

Matthias is said to have been one of the seventy disciples who were appointed by Jesus to go out and spread his teachings.

After being chosen as an Apostle, Matthias participated in the early Church’s missionary efforts.

According to tradition, St Matthias was martyred, either where he preached in Ethiopia or in Jerusalem.