New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Matthias

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Matthias the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsDerivation

  • Hebrew: Mattithiah, gift of Jahveh


Disciple selected with Barsabas, after the Ascension, from those followers of Christ who were deemed qualified for appointment to the Apostleship vacant through the betrayal and death of Judas. After prayer and a solemn appeal to lots, Matthias was chosen (Acts 1). As a disciple he had attended Christ from His Baptism until His Ascension. Details of his life and death vary; according to one legend he was crucified in Ethiopia; another maintains that he was stoned and beheaded by the Jews, in Jerusalem. Relics at Trier. Feast, Roman Calendar, 25 February.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Matthias”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 17 January 2019. <>