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Feast on September 21
Saint Matthew - Apostle, Evangelist, Martyr
Honored in: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Churches
Eastern Catholic Churches
some other Protestant Churches
Canonized: pre-congregation, Russia by St. John
Major shrine: Salerno, Italy
Feast: 21 September (Western Christianity)
16 November (Eastern Christianity)
Patronage: Accountants; Salerno, Italy; bankers; tax collectors; perfumers and others.
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
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Matthew - Gift of God,
a common Jewish name after the Exile. He was the son of Alphaeus, and was a publican or tax-gatherer at Capernaum. On one occasion Jesus, coming up from the side of the lake, passed the custom-house where Matthew was seated, and said to him, "Follow me." Matthew arose and followed him, and became his disciple (Matthew 9:9). Formerly the name by which he was known was Levi (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27); he now changed it, possibly in grateful memory of his call, to Matthew. The same day on which Jesus called him he made a "great feast" (Luke 5:29), a farewell feast, to which he invited Jesus and his disciples, and probably also many of old associates. He was afterwards selected as one of the twelve (Luke 6:15). His name does not occur again in the Gospel history except in the lists of the apostles. The last notice of him is in Acts 1:13. The time and manner of his death are unknown.
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