St. Matthias's Day

St. Matthias's Day

February 24
The story of how St. Matthias was elected to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the 12 apostles after Judas committed suicide can be found in the Bible's Book of Acts (1:15-26). It was Peter who declared that the number of apostles should be restored to 12, and the choice of who would succeed Judas was made by casting lots. Two men were nominated—Matthias and Joseph—and the lot fell upon Matthias.
There is no historical record of Matthias's deeds or death. His fame rests almost entirely upon the fact that he took the betrayer Judas' place, although legend claims that he was stoned and beheaded in Ethiopia in 64 c.e.
SOURCES:
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 58
RelHolCal-2004, p. 92
SaintsFestCh-1904, p. 114