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St. Matthias was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot.  He had been companion of Jesus ever since his baptism from St. John.  It is said that after Matthias was chosen the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples.  St. Matthias taught that mortifying the flesh with its irregular passions and desires was a necessity.  St. Matthias was martyred in Colchis (Ethiopia) a district of Asia Minor.

FEAST DAY:  May 14

PATRON OF:  Alcoholism, carpenters

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