May 14: ST. MATTHIAS, APOSTLE
After the ascension of our Lord, St. Peter proposed that the disciples select an apostle in the place of Judas. The choice was Matthias, who joined the eleven apostles. According to Nicephorus, St. Matthias first preached the Gospel in Judaea, then in Aethiopia (in modern-day Georgia) and was crucified in Colchis. Another tradition says that he worked for the Faith in Palestine, and later was stoned at Jerusalem by the Jews, and then beheaded (d.64).
O God, who added Saint Matthias to the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to be numbered among the elect. Through our Lord.