February 24 – St. Matthias The Apostle

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san mattiaMatthias was the apostle chosen by the remaining eleven apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following Judas’ betrayal of Jesus and his suicide (Acts 1:21-26).

Soon after Matthias’ election, he received the Holy Spirit with the other Apostles (Acts 2:1-4). He is not mentioned again in the New Testament.

Tradition says 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.

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