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Matthias: Atleast We Knew His Name

The Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle was transferred from yesterday (Feb. 24) to today.  

Matthias was the 'new' or 'next' 12th Disciple, filling the vacancy left in the fellowship of the Twelve after the betrayal and death of Judas.  Little is known about Matthias except from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:20-26).  After Peter declared 'may another take [Judas'] place of leadership', it was decided one who had walked with Jesus the 'whole time' (from his baptism to the Ascension) should be enrolled.  It was either Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) or Matthias.  By casting lots, the lot fell to Matthias.  This is the Bible's last mention of casting lots, the method used in the Old Testament to discern God's will; after Pentecost the disciples relied on the Holy Spirit for guidance.  Some references have say Matthias preached in Judea and died as a martyr.

Almighty God, who is the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.