In Judea, the natal day Not his birthday but the day he died and was "born again" into Heaven of St. Matthias, Apostle. After the Ascension of the Lord he was chosen by lot by the apostles to replace Judas the traitor. He suffered martyrdom for preaching the Gospel. – Roman Martyrology for February 24
St. Matthias is the disciple who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot, according to Acts 1:12-26. Almost half of his entry in the Golden Legend is actually about the man he replaced (Ryan 166-71), and Caxton's translation reduces what is left to a few short paragraphs.
THE LEGENDSAccording to the legend, St. Matthias was assigned to preach in Judea. He was tried before the High Priest and condemned to be stoned to death. When this method miraculously failed, he was killed with an axe. Voragine and the South English Legendary (but not Caxton) report a second legend in which Matthias preached in Macedonia and miraculously survived a poison that had blinded 250 other people, whom he thereupon cured. In two much earlier works the episode of the poisoning is said to have occurred in "the country of the man-eaters."1
THE SAINT'S ATTRIBUTESImages often show St. Matthias with an axe (example) or a spear, as in the first image at right. Sometimes he holds a book or a scroll, as in the images at right. So far I have not encountered any images that refer to the poisoning episode. Their rarity may be due to a desire to avoid confusion with the poisoned chalice that identifies St. John the Evangelist.
Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University