The Holy Apostle Matthias (1st c.) and Holy Martyr Anthony (2nd c)

09-08

Matthias was numbered among the Seventy. Then, when Judas who betrayed Christ had taken his own life, the disciples (120 men and women) convened to choose one who would take his place among the Twelve.

They nominated two; Joseph (called Barsabas or Justus) and Matthias, then they cast lots. The lot fell to Matthais, who henceforth was numbered among the Twelve (See Acts ch. 1). Accounts of his Apostolate after this vary.

According to some, he preached the Gospel in Ethiopia and met his martyrdom there. According to others, after visiting Ethiopia he returned to Judea, where he was tried and condemned by Ananias the High Priest, and stoned to death, then beheaded.

A native of Alexandria, Anthony was brought before the pagan governor and tortured for his faith, but he would not renounce Christ.

Finally he was burned alive, but from the flames he called out: ‘My beloved brethren, do not be enslaved by your bodies,

 but give thought to your souls, given to you by God and kin to God and to the heavenly powers.’

 


 

 

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