St. Matthias, Apostle

St. Matthias was chosen by casting lots, a method which may have involved throwing dice like these.

St. Matthias, Apostle

Feast Day: May 14

Patron Saint of…

Mass Readings

What Is Casting Lots?

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.

Patron Saint

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.”

Additional Resources

What Is Casting Lots?

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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