About St. Matthias
Feast Day: May 14
Matthias was chosen by the apostles to replace Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Unlike the other apostles, he was not called directly by Jesus, but was chosen by casting lots. See the first reading below.
He is the patron saint of perseverance, carpenters, tailors, and alcoholics.
Daily Mass Readings for the Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle
- First Reading – Acts 1:15-17, 20-26: “Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 113: “The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.”
- Gospel – John 15:9-17: “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.”
The fancy term is cleromancy. This means to make a selection by a means which is considered random. This could involve throwing dice, flipping a coin, drawing the short straw, etc.
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