Book of Saints – Matthew

portrait of Saint Matthew the Apostle being instructed by an angel, by Guido Reni, c.1635Article

(Saint) Apostle and Evangelist. (September 21) (1st century) He was also called Levi, and was the son of Alphseus (Mark 1:14). Holy Scripture also tells us that Matthew before his conversion was a tax-gatherer at Capharnaum. Other special mention is not made of him in the New Testament. His subsequent career is uncertain, and in part legendary. Saint Irenseus says that he preached the Gospel among the Hebrews, and Clement of Alexandria states that this mission lasted fifteen years. Other ancient writers make Persia, Syria, Greece, etc, the fields of Saint Matthew’s labours. But the most accredited opinion is to the effect that he was the Apostle of Ethiopia, and accounts of his martyrdom in Africa are extant. His shrine is at Salerno in Southern Italy, whither his relics were translated in the tenth century. Saint Matthew is usually represented in art with the Book of his Gospel before him and with an Angel ministering to him.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Matthew”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2016. Web. 21 February 2019. <>