Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
Feast Day - November 16th
This icon of St. Matthew shows only a bust of the Evangelist (though it is more usual to see him writing at his desk). Our most immediate experience of St. Matthew, as well as of the other Evangelists: Mark, Luke and John), is through the works that bear their names: the Four Gospels. Their icons, in addition to being on the Gospel Book in Church, are seen on the Royal Doors of the icon screen and are included around the icon of Christ Pantocrator (Teacher). They invite us to listen to the life and words of Jesus.
Troparion in tone 3
With zeal, you followed Christ the Master,
Kontakion in tone 4
Casting aside the bonds of the custom house for the yoke of justice,
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