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Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

An icon of Apostle and Evangelist Matthew .

The Icon

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,
who in His goodness, appeared on earth to mankind.
Summoning you from the custom house,
He revealed you as a chosen apostle:
the proclaimer of the the Gospel to the whole world!
Therefore, divinely eloquent Matthew,
we honor your precious memory!
Entreat merciful God that He may grant our souls remission of transgressions.

Kontakion in tone 4

Casting aside the bonds of the custom house for the yoke of justice,
you were revealed as an excellent merchant, rich in wisdom from on high.
You proclaimed the word of truth
and roused the souls of the slothful
by writing of the hour of Judgment.

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