Catholic Saints

Saint Matthias

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Matthias
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Matthias
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Matthias
  • What is Saint Matthias the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Matthias is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Matthias

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A martyr is one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Matthias
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Carpenters and Tailors
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: February 24th
  • Date of Death: Saint Matthias died in A.D. 80
  • Cause of Death: Beheaded

Who or what is Saint Matthias the patron saint of?
Saint Matthias is the patron of Carpenters and Tailors. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Matthias

The Story and History of Saint Matthias
The story and history of Saint Matthias. Matthias came into early contact with Jesus and was with Him when He was baptised by John the Baptist. Matthias was one of the seventy-two disciples of Jesus who were sent out, two by two, during his ministry to preach and to heal the sick. It is told in Acts, i, 15-26 that in the days following the Ascension, Peter proposed to the assembled brethren, who numbered one hundred and twenty, that they choose one to fill the place of the traitor Judas in the Apostolate. Two disciples, Joseph, called Barsabas, and Matthias were selected, and lots were drawn, with the result in favour of Matthias, who thus became associated with the eleven Apostles. Saint Matthias took this position and died in A.D. 80. The cause of his death was beheading.  

Death of Saint Matthias
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Matthias died in A.D. 80. Cause of Death: Beheaded. 

How Saint Matthias is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Matthias in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Matthias is represented in Christian Art with a battle-axe, the instrument with which he was beheaded by the Jews.

Feast Day of Saint Matthias
The Feast Day of Saint Matthias is February 24th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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