St Matthew Apostle, Feast Day – September 21 2023

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St Matthew the Apostle is also known as Levi. He was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Before being called by Jesus, he was a tax collector.

He is the author of The Gospel of St Matthew. He preached the Gospel to the Jewish community in Judea and later went to other countries.

We celebrate his feast day on September 21 every year in the Catholic Church.

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Matthew the Apostle Biography
St Matthew Apostle, Feast Day - September 21
St Matthew Apostle, Feast Day – September 21 2023
Date of Birth 1st-century
Country of Birth Judea, Palestine in the Roman Empire
Profession Apostle of Jesus
Place of Work Israel, Palestine, other Countries
Date of Death 1st Century AD
Place of Death Near Hierapolis or Ethiopia
Feast Day September 21
Beatification Pre-Congregation
Canonization Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of 1. Accountants
2. Salerno
3. Italy
4. Bankers
5. Tax collectors
6. Perfumers
7. Civil servants

Saint Matthew FAQ

Where was St Matthew Born?

Judea, Palestine in the Roman Empire.

When was St Matthew Born?

1 Century AD

When did St Matthew Die?

1st Century AD

Where did St Matthew Die?

Near Hierapolis or Ethiopia

How did St Matthew Die?

He did as a martyr

Who Were the Parents of Matthew the Apostle?


Who Were the Family Members of Saint Matthew?

It is only the Father, named Alphaeus, mentioned as a family member

When was Saint Matthew Beatified?


When was Saint Matthew Canonized?


When is St Matthew Feast Day?

September 21

St Matthew Patron Saint of?

1. Accountants
2. Salerno
3. Italy
4. Bankers
5. Tax collectors
6. Perfumers
7. Civil servants

In Which Churches is Saint Matthew Venerated?

1. Catholic Church
2. Eastern Orthodox Church
3. Eastern Catholic Churches
4. Oriental Orthodoxy
5. Church of the East
6. Anglican Communion
7. Lutheranism

Where are the Relics of St Matthew?

Salerno, Italy

St Matthew’s Life History

One day, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw, sitting at the receipt of custom, Matthew, who was a tax collector for the rulers of the Roman Empire. Jesus said to him, “Follow Me;” and leaving all, Matthew arose and followed Him.

Tax collectors were considered by the Jews as sinners and the number one enemy of the people. This is because they were known to enrich themselves by extortion and fraud. No Scribe or Pharisee would sit with one at the table.

One day Matthew the Apostle made a great feast and invited Jesus, His disciples and a number of the Scribes and Pharisees.

Many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples and eagerly listened to Him. The Scribes and the Pharisees began to murmur asking why Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners.

Jesus offered a very good answer and said, “Those who are well, do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

After the Ascension of Jesus, he remained for some years in Judea, and there wrote his gospel. Afterwards, he preached the Faith far and wide and it is believed that he finished his course in Parthia.

Passages in the Bible Where St Matthew is Mentioned

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9

1 Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
3 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
4 Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. Matthew 10:1-4

13 When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. Acts 1:13

Major Works

Matthew the Apostle is believed to be the author of the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew the Apostle Major shrines, Churches or Sanctuaries

  1. Cathedral of St Matthew in Salerno, Italy
  2. St Matthew Catholic Cathedral in South Bend, Indiana, USA
  3. The Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C., USA

St Matthew Quotes

St. Matthew, Apostle
Matthew the Apostle

For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil.
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak.
By your words, you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

– Matthew 12:34-37

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