Sunday, August 30, 2009

September 21st: St. Matthew

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Read about him here.
Basic Stats
Died: 24 January, near Hierapolis or Ethiopia
Major shrine: Salerno, Italy
Feast: 21 September
Symbolism: tax collector, human or angel 
Patronage: Accountants, Salerno, Italy, and others, see[1]
Of Interest:  The four evangelists are known by different symbols: St. Matthew is a human with wings or angel, St. Mark is a winged lion, St. Luke is a winged ox, St. John is an eagle.  The illumination at right is from the Irish Book of Kells.