Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Feast day: May 14
our Blessed Lord’s Ascension His disciples came together, with Mary His
mother and the eleven Apostles, in an upper room at Jerusalem. The
little company numbered no more than one hundred and twenty souls. They
were waiting for the promised coming of the Holy Ghost, and they
persevered in prayer.
Meanwhile there was a solemn act to be performed on the part of
the Church, which could not be
postponed. The place of the fallen Judas had to be filled, that the
number of the Apostles might be complete. Saint Peter, therefore, as
Vicar of Christ, arose to announce the divine decree. What the Holy
Ghost had spoken by the mouth of David concerning Judas, he said, must
be fulfilled. Of him it had been written, “His bishopric let another
take.” A choice, therefore, was needed of one among those who had been
their companions from the beginning, who could bear witness to the
Resurrection of Jesus.
Two were named of equal merit, Joseph called Barsabas, and Matthias.
After praying to God, who knows the hearts of all men, to show which of
these He had chosen, they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, who
was thereby numbered with the Apostles.
It is recorded of the Saint, wonderfully elected to so
high a vocation, that he was remarkable for his mortification of the
flesh. It was thus that he made his election sure.
He preached in Judea where he was persecuted by both Jews and Gentiles,
and died by stoning, a victim of their pursuits, in the year 63. His
body was taken to Rome by Saint Helena, mother of Constantine, some 250
years later. A church there bears his name.