August 9 Apostle Matthias of the Seventy

Read the Life of St. Matthias here

The Holy Apostle Matthias was born at Bethlehem of the Tribe of Judah. From his early childhood he studied the Law of God under the guidance of St Simeon the God-Receiver (February 3).

After the Ascension of the Savior, St Matthias was chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the Twelve Apostles (Acts 1:15-26). 

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Matthias from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

O Matthias, bestow thou a beam of salvation from heaven upon me who now hymn thy radiant festival with hymns, I pray.

Thou hast been shown to be a great sun of the great Light, O right wondrous one; for thou hast conversed directly with God Who is with us, O apostle.

Submitting to the laws of the Master, O blessed one, with the net of thy tongue thou didst draw forth the ends of the earth from the abyss of ignorance.

Strengthened by the hand of the Author of life, O wise one, thou wast able to snatch away the spoils of the mighty one and enslave him by grace.

Loving the Teacher and serving Him industriously, O right wondrous one, thou savest men from deception.

The all-accomplishing Spirit chose thee, O divinely eloquent one, to fill the twelfth place in the holy choir of the disciples.

Proclaiming the one Essence of the Godhead, the one Monarchy and Dominion, O all-blessed one, thou didst pursue the flock of the nations.

The Lord brought thee to the sea of life, O all-wise one, like a horse roiling the bitter waters of polytheism.

With divine discourse thou didst renew stony hearts, O glorious one, sowing piety and a knowledge of the Truth.

The true Vine put thee forth as a most fertile branch producing the grapes which exude the wine of salvation; and drinking thereof, O blessed one, we who are held fast by ignorance have cast off the drunkenness of deception.

Thou wast shown to fulfill the choir of the twelve disciples from which the betrayer had cast himself, finding bitter strangulation, having lifted his heel against Christ, O wondrous Matthias, proclaimer of the mysteries.

Thou wast cast into the world as divine salt, O blessed and all-praised Apostle Matthias, cleansing away the corruption of falsehood with sweet doctrines, driving away sickness and healing wounds of body and soul.

Thou becamest a god by adoption, deified by divine union, receiving pristine rays of light from God, and thou hast illumined the faith and cleansed the earth of the darkness of idolatry.

Lo! every prophecy of the sacred prophets is contained in thee, the disciple; for thou wast an eye-witness, emulator and apostle of Him Whom thou didst proclaim of old, O Matthias, servant of God.

With the flood of thy divine wisdom thou didst dry up the torrent of falsehood, O glorious one, and with a torrent of sustenance hast given drink to those who cry with faith: Blessed art Thou, O God!

By the power of God Almighty thou didst set at nought the wiles of the enemy before the face of thine advance, O apostle, and the mountains and hills of ungodliness were broken down.

As the mouth of God thou didst snatch from the throat of the slayer of men those whom he had cruelly slaughtered and made food for his malice, O wise one, and with the laver of regeneration thou didst bring them to the Lord, chanting unceasingly: Ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

As the weapon of the word of God, O glorious one, thou didst utterly grind down the sword of falsehood and the weapon of evil, and by the power of God thou didst cast down the sacrifices, pillars and temples of the idolaters, but hast made into temples of the Trinity those who cry: Ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Thou didst show thyself to be the heaven of the Word, declaring the ineffably divine glory of the Only-begotten, O most wise Matthias, thou lightning flash of grace, seeker of the lost, lamp-stand of the divine Light, initiate of ineffable mysteries, whom we hymn together with gladness.

The Savior called thee His friend who serviced His commandments, O blessed apostle, the heir to His kingdom, who will be enthroned with Him on that awesome day which is to come, O all-wise Matthias, thou fulfillment of the twelve disciples.

Having traversed the sea of life with the sail of the Cross, O blessed one, thou didst reach the harbor of peace and thine ultimate desire; and, rejoicing now, thou standest with the choir of the apostles, entreating Him Who loveth mankind in our behalf.

Thy tongue hath been shown to be a truly radiant lamp, a shining beacon of the Spirit, which consumeth foreign doctrines, burneth up alien fire, O wise one, and shineth forth light upon those who sleep in the darkness of Ignorance.