Russian icon holy apostle and evangelist
St. Matthew Patron Saint
As the formal process of canonization did not begin until
the time of Pope Gregory IX in the thirteenth century, none of
the Apostles were officially canonized. Yet evidence was determined
which leaves no doubt the twelve who followed Jesus were saints,
especially those who gave their lives for teaching his truth.
In addition to having authored the first Book of the New Testament
Matthew Patron Saint is know as patron of accountants, bankers,
bookkeepers, financial officers and tax collectors.
St. Matthew himself was a wealthy tax collector before
he was called to follow Christ. Legends hold that he preached
in Ethiopia for at least fifteen years before he died a martyr's
death. The actual events surrounding his death were not officially
recorded and are therefore left to speculation. Some reports say
he was beheaded in Egypt which is where his symbol, the ax, originates.
However, more reliable reports say he was killed while praying
at the altar in Ethiopia. The paintings of Italian painter Caravaggio
certainly lend to that tradition.
The Gospel of Matthew was written to convince the Jews
that their anticipated Messiah had already come to earth as the
person named Jesus.
His name "Mathew" means 'gift of God'. The patronage
of Matthew also includes; customs officers, all financial officers,
guards and all security personal, stock brokers and all money
managers. Salerno Italy, the diocese of Trier, Germany and the
diocese of Washington D.C.
Saint Matthew Patron is represented by an angel holding
a pen or inkwell, a bag of coins, a man holding money, money bag
or box, the halberd, purse, spear, sword, young man or winged
A quote from a homily by Saint Bede the Venerable, A Doctor
of the Church:
"And he rose and followed him." There is no reason for
surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon
as the Lord commanded him. Nor should one be amazed that neglecting
his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew's
assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking
to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his
mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his
footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who
was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible
treasures of heaven in his gift".
Whose Patron is St. Matthew?
" Patron saint of accountants
" Patron saint of bankers
" Patron saint of bookkeepers
" Patron saint of customs officers
" Patron saint of financial officers
" Patron saint of guards
" Patron saint of money managers
" Patron saint of Salerno, Italy
" Patron saint of security forces
" Patron saint of security guards
" Patron saint of stock brokers
" Patron saint of tax collectors
" Patron saint of Trier, Germany, diocese of
Symbols of St. Matthew
" angel holding a pen or inkwell
" bag of coins
" man holding money
" money bag
" money box
" winged man
" young man
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